Oceans & Coasts

GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion to Address Cross-Cutting Themes at UNCSD [viewed]

June 2012: Occurring in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) from 13-24 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will focus on, inter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities (ILCs), ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, land, and financing for sustainable development.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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SPC, SPREP to Develop Disaster Risk and Climate Change Regional Strategy [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has signed a letter of agreement with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) mapping out the joint development of an integrated regional strategy for disaster risk management and climate change by 2015.

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World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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Global Climate Change Alliance Holds First Pacific Meeting [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA): Pacific Small Island States project held its first regional steering committee meeting in Suva, Fiji, from 28–29 May 2012. GCCA is a global EU-supported initiative aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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IDB, ECLAC Assess Costs of Climate Change Damages in LAC [viewed]

IDB5 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), have released a new report on the vulnerability to large economic damages resulting from climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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IDB Loan Finances Disaster Risk Management in Panama [viewed]

IDB31 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$100 million loan to support Panama in its efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

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World Bank Publishes Paper on Inclusive Green Growth in LAC [viewed]

31 May 2012: The World Bank has released a new publication on inclusive green growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), highlighting experiences in promoting low-carbon growth within the region.

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