Oceans & Coasts

Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

sids.conference.iisdrs29 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference for Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, titled ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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Event: WOC Business Forum Workshop: 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures' [viewed]

In conjunction with the World Ocean Council (WOC) Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, WOC and the EU 'Ocean Certain' research project are organizing a workshop under the theme, 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures: How Will Changes to Ocean Properties and Processes Affect Ocean Business?'. Fifteen ocean industry representatives will gather to give input to the research project, engage in participatory mapping of the industry, construct a future scenario and learn how the 'Ocean Certain' project will move forward with the insights gained at the workshop. The objectives of the event are both to inform industry representatives of the changes in ocean properties, processes and systems and to hear industry members' views on how these changes will affect their business.  

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PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands [viewed]

PACC22 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported that, as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC), the Cook Islands have completed a climate-resilient harbor for the island of Mangaia. In addition, the tool developed to design the harbor can be used to design other coastal infrastructure in the Cook Islands.

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UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources [viewed]

UNESCO25 August 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Project in Belize, Accredits Namibian NIE [viewed]

Adaptation Fund19 August 2014: The Adaptation Fund has approved a US$6 million marine conservation and climate change adaptation project in Belize, and accredited the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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IFAD Recommends Global Response to Food Security [viewed]

IFAD18 August 2014: In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released an infographic, titled ‘Investing in Small Island Developing States,' and a publication, titled ‘IFAD's Approach in SIDS: A global response to island voices for food security.' These resources highlight SIDS' characteristics, show IFAD's strategic approaches to SIDS engagement, and propose moving towards “a global response to island voices for food security.”

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UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary [viewed]

UNEP GRID Arendal14 August 2014: On the occasion of GRID-Arendal's 25th anniversary, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Olav Orheim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GRID-Arendal, signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement in which Norway renewed its contribution to UNEP's Programme of Work for 2014. The Agreement includes a commitment of US$16 million to UNEP, including US$1 million to support action on marine plastic debris and microplastics and US$500,000 to improve fish food security in West Africa.

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