Oceans & Coasts

Many Strong Voices Releases Paper on Ecosystem-based Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

31 August 2012: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between coastal communities in the Arctic and small island developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote action on climate change, has released a paper titled “Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External Knowledge.”

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Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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Bangladesh LDCF Project Wins Earth Care Award 2012 [viewed]

GEF24 August 2012: A project in Bangladesh on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), won this year's Earth Care Award. 

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Arctic Sea Ice at Record Minimum, GOOS Reports [viewed]

24 August 2012: Arctic sea ice extent has reached a record-breaking minimum in August 2012, according to data from the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting in Support of the Economic and Social Assessments of the Impact of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will convene a final working group session of consultants and representatives of ECLAC, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) before draft reports of the economic and social impacts on climate change on the Caribbean's agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors are prepared.  

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IAEA Annual Report Highlights Mitigation and Adaptation Activities [viewed]

17 August 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual report for 2011. The report highlights, inter alia, its research activities on climate change issues in the oceans, isotope applications in hydrology and climate studies, and nuclear energy as a mitigation option.

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IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop Report Provides Updates on Biomass for Transport [viewed]

IEAAugust 2012: The Bioenergy Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenery) has released a new report, titled “Future Biomass-based Transport Fuels- Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop,” which summarizes the presentations of four panel sessions during a workshop on the potential use of biomass-derived transportation fuels.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia [viewed]

The ECWs bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia are: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China.  

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