Oceans & Coasts

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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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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