Oceans & Coasts

Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

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Event: 50th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

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InforMEA Releases Explanatory Video [viewed]

InforMEAJune 2015: InforMEA, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEA) Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has released a video explaining the key functions of InforMEA.

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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CIAT, WorldFish Call for Mapping Climate Change Risks to Fish Production [viewed]

ciat_ccaf_worldfish19 May 2015: WorldFish and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), on behalf of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a submission to the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), titled ‘Climate Change and Aquatic Animal Disease,' which addresses climate change impacts on aquaculture.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean [viewed]

iisdrs_goc18 May 2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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