Oceans & Coasts

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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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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Adaptation Fund's First Direct Access Project Launches in Senegal [viewed]

25 January 2011: The Adaptation Fund's first project to use its direct access financing mechanism, which allows countries to access the fund without the use of multilateral development institutions as intermediaries, launched in Senegal on 21 January 2011.

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SPREP Reports on Training Workshops on Adaptation Socioeconomic Assessment [viewed]

12 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on completing a series of sub-regional training sessions on the Socioeconomic Assessment Guides, in the context of the GEF-funded Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project.

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CBD COP 10 Report Available Online [viewed]

21 December 2010: The official report, including all decisions and outcomes, of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been made available online.

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European Commission Releases Methodologies for Estimating Shipping Emissions [viewed]

20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

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FAO Near East Conference Discusses Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East held its 30th session in Khartoum, Sudan, from 4-8 December 2010.

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UNEP Releases Publication on Green Economy and Fiscal Reform [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a Green Economy publication titled “Driving a Green Economy Through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform,” which prioritizes the need to reform environmentally harmful subsidies in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, forest and water sectors.

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