Oceans & Coasts

Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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IFC Provides Framework for Climate Change Risk Analysis in Port Infrastructure [viewed]

April 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has published a comprehensive framework for assessing the risks of climate change on port operations and options for adapting to risks. The report, titled "Climate Risk and Business: Ports," analyzes the climate-related risks and opportunities facing IFC client Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, a port in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Adaptation Fund Board Invites Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

26 April 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has posted 13 project proposals on its website for comment from civil society. The proposals come from Argentina, Djibouti, Fiji, Guatemala, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Tanzania and Turkmenistan.

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GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India [viewed]

21 April 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a community-based natural resource management and mangrove conservation project in the Godavari River Estuary, India.

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IMO, Republic of Korea to Build Capacities to Mitigate GHG from Ships [viewed]

21 April 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) have signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of a technical cooperation project on building capacities in east Asian countries to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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Civil Society Dialogue with GSP Addresses New Technologies, Climate Resilience and Oceans [viewed]

15 March 2011: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) convened a roundtable discussion with civil society representatives, on 15 March 2011, in New York, US, to address issues under consideration by the Panel. 

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World Bank Releases Report on Mitigating Climate Change through Wetlands Restoration [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems," which finds that drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration.

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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Event: World Oceans Day 2011 [viewed]

The theme for World Oceans Day 2011 is "Our oceans: greening our future." The UN General Assembly officially designated 8 June as annual World Oceans Day in Resolution 63/111 to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.  

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