Oceans & Coasts

Pacific Countries to Develop Integrated Regional Disaster Risk Management/Climate Change Strategy by 2015 [viewed]

PPDRM-and-PCCR12 July 2013: The first-ever Joint Meeting of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (PPDRM) and Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) convened under the theme 'Strengthening Resilience: An Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change in the Pacific.' The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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Roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services Adopted [viewed]

gfcs10 July 2013: The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), agreed on an operational roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users globally, with an initial focus on the agriculture, water, health and disaster management communities.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Stresses Building Resilience through Collaboration [viewed]

spc-unisdr-sprep5 July 2013: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) brought together over 100 participants and focused on building resilience to climate change through collaboration. The Roundtable was one of a series of Pacific regional meetings for disaster risk management and climate change.

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European Commission Funds LIFE+ Biodiversity, Climate Projects [viewed]

European Union 3 July 2013: The European Commission is providing €281.4 million in funding for projects under the LIFE+ programme. The 248 new projects address nature and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and governance, climate change, and information and communication of environmental issues.

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World Bank Increases Resilience of Coastal Population in Bangladesh [viewed]

world-bank_cif26 June 2013: The World Bank is providing $400 million to increase the resilience of coastal population to tidal flooding and natural disasters in Bangladesh. This funding will benefit 8.5 million people and is expected to improve agriculture development, employment and food security in the country.

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UN Committee Discusses Space-based Data for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Logo Unoosa 10021 June 2013: The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) held its 56th session from 12-21 June 2013, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria. According to the UN Information Service Vienna (UNIS Vienna), the session included a new agenda item on "Space and sustainable development," under which the Committee discussed contributions of space-technology-based data for sustainable development policy-making.

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UN Consultative Process on Oceans Focuses on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

UN _Consultative_Process20 June 2013: The 14th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS or ICP) focused its discussions on the impacts of ocean acidification on the marine environment. ICP 14 took place in New York, US, from 17-20 June 2013.

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LDC Fund, Special Climate Change Fund Receive $198 Million in New Pledges [viewed]

20gef44 June 2013: The 14th meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council adopted decisions on, inter alia: the joint work program for the LDCF/SCCF; and the administrative budgets of the Funds. The Funds were bolstered by additional pledges, amounting to US$129 million for the LDCF and US$69.2 million for the SCCF.

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World Bank Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor [viewed]

World Bank19 June 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience,' which looks at the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

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Oceans Day Celebrates People and Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2013: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme 'People and Oceans.' The Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

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