Oceans & Coasts

UNISDR Names Venetian Mayor Urban Resilience Champion [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has been named Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience. The award was presented at the UNISDR Building Cities Resilience to Disasters in Europe: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Adapting to Climate Change conference.  

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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World Meteorological Day Recognizes Weather, Climate and Water Knowledge [viewed]

23 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Meteorological Day was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) around the theme "Powering our future with weather, climate and water." The Day commemorates the entry into force of the WMO Convention, which took place on 23 March 1950.

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Adaptation Fund Board Sets $100 Million Fundraising Target [viewed]

Adaptation Fund20 March 2012: In light of the fall in the prices of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), which provide the main source of funding for the Adaptation Fund, the Adaptation Fund Board discussed funding priorities during its 17th meeting.

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PACC Plans Road Relocation in Vanuatu [viewed]

1 March 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in Vanuatu is in the design phase of relocating parts of roads on Epi Island as an adaptation measure to sea level rise.

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UNESCO Announces Release of Surface Ocean Carbon Atlas [viewed]

UNESCO16 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT), which provides 40-year record of carbon dioxide accumulation in the surface ocean.

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UN Secretary-General Presents Summary Report of High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]

16 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a summary of the Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to an informal plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for that purpose. The report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” presents recommendations for eradicating poverty and reducing inequality, while combating climate change.

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