Oceans & Coasts

Caribbean Ministers Adopt Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Agenda [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Ministerial Council overseeing the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) agreed to sharpen the focus of CRFM to improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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FAO's World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Calls for Adopting Ecosystem Approach [viewed]

FAO9 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 edition of its flagship publication, "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture." The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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IOC Discusses Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

5 July 2012: As part of its Acclimate Project, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) convened a high-level workshop to discuss a draft regional strategy for climate change adaptation for the western Indian Ocean islands. The event brought together representatives from Comoros, Madagascar, Reunion (France), Mauritius and Seychelles. 

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World Bank Supports Integrated Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation in Morocco [viewed]

5 July 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$5.2 million pilot project to apply integrated coastal zone management in the coasts of Morocco through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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IAEA to Open Center on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 June 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the summer launch of its new Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at IAEA's Monaco Environmental Laboratories, aiming to facilitate action and communication on ocean acidification.

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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