Oceans & Coasts

ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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Adaptation Fund Releases Graphic Describing Its Activities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund18 October 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released an infographic describing the $190 million of allocated funds across projects in 28 countries. The graphic highlights the following climate impacts: hurricanes and cyclones; water supplies; flooding; coastal zones; agriculture and food security; and landslides.

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First Water and Sea Workshop Discusses Water and Marine Ecosystem Management [viewed]

UNESCO16 October 2013: The first edition of the Water and Sea Workshops brought together participants from diverse backgrounds with an interest in exchanging experiences and improving their practices towards a more responsible management of water and marine resources.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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APEC Leaders Pledge to Promote Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [viewed]

apec8 October 2013: Ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies pledged strong commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth at the close of the 25th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2013.

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ECLAC Launches Database on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

ECLAC2 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched an interactive, web-based database aimed at helping Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries in planning coastal management and preventive measures to adapt to the effects of climate change on their coastal zones.

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Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th Debate [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2013: Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.

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IMO Holds Sustainable Maritime Transport Symposium [viewed]

un-world-maritime-day26 September 2013: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated 2013 World Maritime Day on 26 September 2013, on the theme 'Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20,' and convened a one-day Symposium to consider the concept of a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System.

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IPCC WGI Finds Increased Certainty of Anthropogenic Climate Change [viewed]

ipcc-meeting26 September 2013: The 12th session of Working Group I (WGI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused on finalizing its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) titled, 'Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.'

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