Oceans & Coasts

Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal [viewed]

11 April 2013: The "High Seas, Our Future!" conference, which took place in Paris, France, concluded with the launch of the "Paris Appeal for the High Seas" stressing the importance of governance of the high seas, in the run up to negotiations on this topic in 2014.

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SPREP Climate Change Newsletter Focuses on Loss and Damage, Progress in Tide Forecasting [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released the April 2013 edition of its Climate Change Matters newsletter, which features articles on: the Pacific Energy Summit; tide and sea level forecasting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); World Water Day Celebrations; the importance of addressing loss and damage; and Fiji's climate change awareness raising efforts.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Environmental Protection [viewed]

3 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed sustainable development, climate change and protection of the marine environment in remarks in Monaco, on 3 April 2013, on the occasion of the principality's 20th anniversary of UN membership.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the International Blue Carbon Initiative's new website.

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

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CIFOR Provides Guidance on Adaptation and Mitigation in Tropical Wetlands [viewed]

March 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview publication of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which outlines the project's role in informing national and international policy makers.

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GWP Workshop Discusses Climate Resilience in Bangladeshi Coastal Deltas [viewed]

19 March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) held a workshop on “Building Climate Resilience in the Bangladesh Delta: Managing for Effective Water Solutions,” which considered Bangladesh's present vulnerabilities to climate change and discussed long-term adaptation strategies for the coastal delta areas of Bangladesh.

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GEF SGP Launches Community-Based Adaptation Project in Seychelles [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced the launch of a new small island developing States community based adaption (SIDS-CBA) project in Seychelles. The project will work with coastal communities to address adaptation to coastal erosion and salinity from saltwater intrusion into agricultural lands.

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