Oceans & Coasts

UN/ISDR Releases Climate Change Adaptation and DRR Report in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a report titled “At the Crossroads Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Asia and the Pacific.”

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GEF SGP Launches Fifth Operational Phase in Asia [viewed]

21 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a six-day regional workshop with coordinators from Asia, to provide training and guidance on the vision and strategy of the programme, results-based management framework and GEF's visibility policy for the next four years.

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Event: GEO-Carbon Conference: Carbon in a Changing World [viewed]

The meeting is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Coordination Action on Carbon Observation Systems (COCOS) of the European Commission. The meeting aims to: present the latest scientific developments in understanding the global carbon cycle; present an overview of the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere; and identify progress and gaps in obtaining politically meaningful estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. Sessions will address: progress in observing techniques and methodology for land, ocean and atmosphere, including network design, space borne techniques and in situ observations; progress in data model fusion; development of regional carbon budgets for land and ocean; verification requirements in a post-Cancun world; and interfacing carbon cycle knowledge with society, needs, uncertainties and challenges.  

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GEF Meeting Reviews Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project [viewed]

11 August 2011: A meeting to review the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), discussed policy, technical, and operational issues and issued recommendations to enhance the impact of PACC and include lessons learned into other regional legal frameworks.

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Event: CBD Expert Meeting on Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

The CBD Expert Meeting to Develop a Series of Joint Expert Review Processes to Monitor and Assess the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity aims to: identify gaps and barriers in existing monitoring and scientific assessment of those impacts, in terms of their linkages to relevant global policy processes; develop options for addressing identified gaps and barriers, including a proposal for the development of a series of joint expert review processes; and identify necessary collaboration activities to implement possible options for addressing identified gaps and barriers.  

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Event: Review of the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change Meeting [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is convening this meeting with representative of the 13 Pacific Island Countries involved in the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) Project, to review and discuss progress and to share experiences and lessons learned. The PACC is implemented by SPREP in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It is a US$13 million project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project provides funds and support for national climate change adaptation projects in the areas of coastal management, food production and security, and water resources management.  

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Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting Discusses Climate, Environment and Energy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The second Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and included reports from the working groups on climate and environment, and on energy.

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Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil in Antarctic Enters into Force [viewed]

29 July 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reported that a ban on heavy fuel oil from the Antarctic will enter into force on 1 August 2011, and that a new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) will be created. The ban and ECA aim to reduce pollution in the Antarctic region.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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SPC Supports Development of Vanuatu's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the SPC-GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region Programme is providing support to the Government of Vanuatu in finalizing the country's first National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS).

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