Oceans & Coasts

UNESCO, AOSIS Exhibitions Present SIDS Response to Climate Change [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has created a multimedia project to exhibit pioneer actions implemented by small island developing States (SIDS) in the face of climate change and rising sea levels.

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Event: ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be holding its first Green Standards Week to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The event will also provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry the opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to the 17th Conference of the Parties at the end of the year. The Week will include: a Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT; a Workshop on Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards; and a Workshop on Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law.  

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World Bank, GEF Project Supports Mangrove Planting in Kiribati [viewed]

29 March 2011: Over 37,000 mangrove seedlings have recently been planted on the islands of Aranuka, Butaritari, Maiana, Makin and in North and South Tarawa, Kiribati, as part of a project supported by the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), AusAID and the New Zealand Aid Programme with the aim of reducing Kiribati's vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

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WMO Presents Summary of Polar Research to Understand Global Climate [viewed]

28 March 2011: The World Meteorological Association (WMO) and the International Council for Science presented the findings from the International Polar Year titled "Understanding Earth's Polar Challenges," at the Arctic Science Summit Week in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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Blue Carbon Working Group Releases Recommendations [viewed]

March 2011: At its first meeting, the International Working Group on Coastal "Blue" Carbon underscored the need for active and effective measures to protect the large and vulnerable carbon pools stored in seagrasses, tidal marshes, and mangroves, and to restore and reestablish their carbon sequestration capacity.

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European Commission Launches Consultation on Maritime Spatial Planning [viewed]

24 March 2011: The European Commission has launched a public consultation to explore options for future EU action on maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management.

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Report of the 31st Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

23 March 2011: The report of the 31st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, which was held from 14-16 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Working Group considers matters relating to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities.

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Sustainability Panel Hears Input from UNGA [viewed]

16 March 2011: An Interactive Dialogue between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) took place on 16 March 2011, in New York, US.

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Ocean Monitoring System Expanded into the Arctic [viewed]

10 March 2011: Through the joint efforts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World-Wide Navigational Warning System has been expanded to the Arctic regions.

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IEA Bioenergy Annual Report Highlights Algal Biofuels Status and Prospects [viewed]

March 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) IEA Bioenergy has released its “IEA Bioenergy 2010 Annual Report,” with a special feature on “Algal Biofuels Status and Prospects.”

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