Oceans & Coasts

Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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SPREP Reports on Renewable Energy Project Implementation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP), which is being implemented in 11 Pacific island countries.

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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ACP MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in SIDS [viewed]

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the EU have released the June issue of their newsletter on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreements (ACP MEAs) project. The newest newsletter is sub-titled "The Future of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States."

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CCCCC Update Takes Stock of Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

CCCCC28 June 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the 10th issue of its monthly Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news. The issue features an article on the lack of agreement on key areas at the Bonn climate change talks, held from 6-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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New IMO Secretary-General Elected [viewed]

28 June 2011: Koji Sekimizu (Japan) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012 and for an initial term of four years.

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Event: Oceans Day at Rio+20 [viewed]

The Global Ocean Forum will organize Oceans Day at Rio+20 in the Rio Conventions Pavilion parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Rio Pavilion is a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the UNFCCC, UNCCD, CBD and the GEF. This event is expected to produce a Rio Ocean Declaration, with recommendations for advancing the sustainable development of the oceans, coasts and SIDS.  

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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