Oceans & Coasts

Symposium on Valuing Wetlands in a Changing Climate Issues Communiqué [viewed]

24 February 2011: Over 100 government representatives and international experts on wetland science, policy and management met for a one-day symposium on "Wetlands Matter: Valuing wetland ecosystems in a changing climate" in Edinburgh, UK, on 24 February 2011.

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Possibilities of Climate Compatible Development [viewed]

March 2011: The fifth issue of the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) magazine “Making It: Industry for Development” has been published on the theme “Trade: Engine of Development?” The issue includes articles on climate compatible development, as well as an assessment of what the shipping and aviation industries are doing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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Event: International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change Studies [viewed]

Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Government of the Principality of Monaco, this event aims to share recent research on the use of isotopic techniques in hydrology, climate change studies, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Specific topics for discussion will include: the role of isotopes in understanding and modelling climate change, marine ecosystems and the water cycle; carbon dioxide sequestration and related aspects of the carbon cycle, such as ocean acidification; isotopes in groundwater flow modelling for large aquifers; and analytical methods and instrumentation for the application of isotopes in environmental, climate and hydrological studies. The symposium is aimed at professionals in fields related to the issues being discussed, as well as government officials and policymakers.  

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Event: Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean: Science, Ethics and Policies [viewed]

This meeting is convened by the Sector for Social and Human Sciences of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The meeting will bring together regional experts, ministerial and governmental officials, representatives from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with a view to examining how climate science and ethics can be brought to bear on policy construction at both the local and international levels.  

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7th SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting Discusses Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened the 7th SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting from 1-4 March, in Noumea, New Caledonia. The meeting brought together fisheries representatives from 14 Pacific Island Countries and included a one-day session on climate change, where delegates considered the impact of climate change on Pacific fisheries.

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EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

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Event: Ocean Climate and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Pacific: IOC/WESTPAC Eighth International Scientific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). It aims to bring together marine scientists with a view to encouraging an interdisciplinary approach towards the management and sustainable development of coasts and oceans with the growing challenges of climate change. Issues to be addressed include: coastal acidification; climate modeling and prediction; marine remote sensing; and paleoclimatology (corals and monsoon).  

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ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

2 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is convening the seventh SPC Heads of Fisheries meeting from 1-4 March 2011, in Noumea, New Caledonia, with fisheries representatives from 14 Pacific Island Countries.

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