Oceans & Coasts

UNU Paper Examines Climate Change Impacts on the Sovereignty of Island States [viewed]

16 January 2012: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has released a paper on the impact of climate change on Atoll Island States, the legal effects of potential re-location of their citizens living in low-lying islands, and issues of sovereignty, which determines the ability of the people of the islands to keep long-term control over their current natural resources. 

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IRENA Releases Renewable Energy Profiles for Pacific Countries [viewed]

January 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a publication titled “Renewable Energy Country Profiles: Pacific.” The country profiles consider where renewable energy can contribute significantly to combating climate change.  

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ECLAC Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Latin America and Caribbean Coasts [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report that examines current and future trends in climate variability and their likely impacts on the region's extensive coastline.

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New IMO Marine Environment Division Director Appointed [viewed]

IMO3 January 2012: Stefan Micallef has been appointed Director of the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a Secretariat restructuring announced by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

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Event: Sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation [viewed]

The meeting is sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Institute for Environment and Development and the Disaster Management Center of the Government of Viet Nam. The meeting will include three-days of site visits, to see how others are implementing community based adaptation, and three days of interactive discussions.  

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Event: CTI-CFF Council of Ministers Dialogue [viewed]

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is a multilateral partnership of six countries working together to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity. A dialogue between the CTI-CFF Council of Ministers, the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat and CTI-CFF Development Partners will be held in Sabah, Malaysia on Sept. 6-7, 2012.The dialogue will focus on program updates and preparations for the next CTI Senior Officials Meeting later in 2012.  

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Event: Climate Change Adaptation for Coastal Communities and Training of Trainers Course [viewed]

This is the second of two climate change adaptation training courses developed based on a similar course that 14 Coral Triangle representatives attended in 2011 at the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island (CRC). The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, the hub of Climate Change Adaptation Learning Network will be the lead trainer. The training, which will consist of the Climate Change Adaptation Course for Coastal Communities (8 days) and the Training of Trainers course (2 days), aims to: strengthen the ability of national and local governments, as well as organization teams, to identify climate change risks and assess adaptation options for critical coastal infrastructure, habitats and vulnerable segments of society; lead an integrated local early action planning process for climate change adaptation; plan a local vulnerability assessment and identify early actions for climate change adaptation in one or two priority/demo sites; strengthen a national resource team to support the national and local actions as the country teams move toward implementation and replication of the curriculum, adaption planning and implementation actions; promote the contribution of core team of national managers and resource persons from Malaysia and the Philippines to regional Coral Triangle Initiative capacity and future replication and sharing.  

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UNESCO Hosts First World Ocean Council 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' Workshop [viewed]

22 December 2011: The first World Ocean Council (WOC) 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' workshop, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), brought together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, marine technology and other sectors, as well as scientists, government agencies, and inter-governmental organizations. The workshop aimed to initiate a new programme to facilitate ocean industry collaboration with the scientific community to scale up data collection from “smart” ships and platforms and expand the spatial and temporal extent of ocean and atmospheric observations.

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AMEP Quarterly Highlights GEF Caribbean Projects [viewed]

22 December 2011: The 12th issue of AMEP Quarterly highlights projects and activities implemented by the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Kingston, Jamaica-based Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/CRU), including several funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on topics such as AMEP, wastewater management, waste management, oil spill response planning, and climate change and disaster management.

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PIFS Releases Pacific Plan 2011 Annual Progress Report [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has released the 2011 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report and Reporting Annex. The report, available in English and French, provides an update of work undertaken over the last 12 months to implement the Pacific Plan, and highlights work underway by Forum members including on climate change, trade integration, fisheries and better coordination of aid. 

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