Oceans & Coasts

World Bank Provides Guidance on Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

World Bank3 June 2013: The World Bank has released a publication, titled 'Strong, Safe and Resilient: A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific,' which notes that East Asia and the Pacific is the region most affected by disasters, experiencing both recurrent small-scale events as well as devastating large-scale catastrophes. The report calls on policy makers to invest in disaster preparedness to avoid undoing progress in poverty reduction and development.

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UNESCO Outlines Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

mab-unesco22 May 2013: The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners have released a book, titled 'Best Practices of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves,' which compiles the presentations of the Island Biosphere Reserves that attended the 2nd meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves: Sustainable Development and Climate Change, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in September 2012.

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Sandwatch Stakeholder Workshop Presents Activities Carried out in Aceh, Indonesia [viewed]

Sandwatch21 May 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a Sandwatch stakeholder workshop involving SMA Negeri 1 and MTsN Lhoknga, teachers from schools in coastal Aceh Besar district, government officials, Panglima Laôt and local NGOs.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, GHG Estimates [viewed]

IMO21 May 2013: The 65th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made progress on energy efficiency regulations, technology transfer, and the measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNISDR's DRR Assessment Calls on Private Sector to Reduce Risk [viewed]

UNISDR15 May 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released the third edition of the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This edition is subtitled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for DRR,” and seeks to provide a resource for understanding and analyzing current and future global disaster risk.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report Underscores Significance of Climate Change [viewed]

CAFF15 May 2013: The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) report, released at the Arctic Council Ministerial, emphasizes that climate change is the most significant driver in overall Arctic biodiversity change, and that it exacerbates other threats to Arctic biodiversity. Released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the report also calls for an ecosystem-based approach to management, and recommends integrating biodiversity into other policy fields.

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European Commission Adopts Green Infrastructure Strategy [viewed]

European Union 6 May 2013: The European Commission adopted a green infrastructure strategy designed to: promote green infrastructure in the main policy areas; improve research and data, strengthen the knowledge base and promote innovative technologies; improve access to finance for green infrastructure projects; and support EU-level green infrastructure projects.

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Report of the Adaptation Fund Board's 20th Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 May 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released the meeting report from the 20th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), during which it approved a new project in Argentina, and placed projects in Belize, Ghana and Uzbekistan in the pipeline.

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Many Strong Voices Develops Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Project [viewed]

MsvMay 2013: Many Strong Voices (MSV) is developing a project on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change, which is a priority area for MSV in 2013. The aim of this project is to reduce vulnerability to climate change by supporting an EbA methodology that integrates scientific and local/traditional knowledge.

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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