Oceans & Coasts

CPF Calls for Participants and Hosts of Discussions Forum at Forest Day 6 [viewed]

July 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), as the organizer of Forest Day 6, which will be held alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, has issued an open call for organizations to participate and host Discussion Forums.

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IOC-UNESCO Calls for Proposals on Sea-Level Stations in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNESCO IOC1 August 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call for proposals regarding the acquisition, installation and maintenance/leveling visits of tide gauge equipment over a one-year period in the Caribbean. The call is issued as part of the IOC-UNESCO's mandate to coordinate implementation of the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS).

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UNU-EHS Meeting Focuses on Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

30 July 2012: The ninth meeting of the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability focused on the theme “Development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones.” Participants from France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the US, the UK and Viet Nam addressed climate change adaptation and risk reduction in coastal zones.

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SPREP Hosts Climate Resilience Project Workshop in Cook Islands [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted an Inception Workshop for a US$5 million dollar Climate Change Adaptation Programme, which will be implemented from 2012-2017, with the guidance of the Pa Enua or outer island communities in the Cook Islands, targeting sectors such as the water, health, agriculture and marine resources.

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Event: Climate Change and Our Coasts: Exploring Possibilities, Finding Solutions [viewed]

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States' (OECS) Reduce Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project will host a seminar aimed primarily at government officials that will discuss: current issues and the state of coastal resources in the OECS; integrated coastal area and watershed management; impacts of climate change on the subregion's economy; and policy, legal and institutional arrangements for coastal areas management in the OECS.  

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate and Water Challenges in Tuvalu [viewed]

19 July 2012: Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water, highlighted that the impacts of climate change are exacerbating water and sanitation challenges in Tuvalu. She recommend the Government of Tuvalu immediately adopt and implement its draft Water Act and its Sustainable and Integrated Water and Sanitation Policy.

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CAF Launches Geopolis at Seminar on Infrastructure for Climate Change [viewed]

10 July 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) launched Geopolis, a think tank/network aimed at strengthening institutional capacity, and building a culture of disaster prevention and management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Ramsar COP 11 Stresses Role of Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) concluded with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including one on climate change and wetlands.

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CDP Paper Considers Role of Climate Vulnerability in Identifying LDCs [viewed]

UN logoJune 2012: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has published a background paper reviewing the role of climate change vulnerability in identifying Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It argues that climate change should not be regarded as a new and separate handicap, but as a factor that could aggravate existing handicaps to development.

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