Oceans & Coasts

UNESCO's Blue Carbon Working Group Holds First Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The "Blue Carbon" International Scientific Working Group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 15-17 February 2011, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss the implications of using coastal "blue" carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.

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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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UNESCO IOC Outlines Position Ahead of Rio [viewed]

February 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released an article titled "Rio+20: The Countdown Begins," which outlines its role in implementing the sustainable development agenda.

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Event: Fourth Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference [viewed]

This conference will feature workshops addressing a variety of topics, including: instrumentation measurements for a new industry; environmental effects; coastal and marine spatial planning; and technology demonstration.  

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Event: Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group I Meeting I [viewed]

Conservation International, IUCN, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners are building a program to coordinate and guide establishment of coastal “blue” carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.  

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Event: Fifth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the GEO Secretariat and GEO Japan, with the support of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Its theme is “Towards the Establishment of Data Sharing and Data Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region,” and its objective is to promote the exchange of data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and to find solutions for achieving societal benefits through GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific region. Technical sessions will be held on the following topics: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI); Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON); Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT); and Ocean Observation and Climate.  

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COFI 29 Considers Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

4 February 2011: The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 31 January- 4 February 2011, bringing together over 640 participants who considered, among other agenda items, fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate.

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UNESCO IOC Releases Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

January 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a "Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization," which considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with large-scale ocean fertilization.

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Event: WCRP/IOC Workshop on Regional Sea Level Change [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Organization (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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FAO Releases State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010 [viewed]

31 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released "State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture," which stresses that the contribution of fish to global diets has increased and that the status of global fish stocks has not improved.

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