Oceans & Coasts

UNGA Second Committee Begins Consideration of Sustainable Development [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) began its consideration of sustainable development on 1 November 2010, in New York, US.

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UNEP Releases Report on Protecting Arctic Biodiversity [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s GRID-Arendal center in Norway has released a report entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Strengths and limitations of environmental agreements.” The report details solutions to the current biodiversity crisis in the Arctic, but it stresses that conservation gains are only possible if root causes for biodiversity loss are addressed outside the Arctic.

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WMO, CBD Release Report on Climate Change and Coral Reefs [viewed]

26 October 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification.

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OECD Releases Paper on Climate Change and Fisheries Policy in Norway [viewed]

7 October 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Norway – Sustainable Development: Climate Change and Fisheries Policies."

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Oceans Day Adopts Nagoya Oceans Statement [viewed]

23 October 2010: "Oceans Day" at Nagoya took place on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Nagoya, Japan, to emphasize the importance of marine and coastal biodiversity as a common concern of humankind and its essential role for preserving life on Earth.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Assessment Framework for Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

20 October 2010: Parties to the treaties regulating the dumping of wastes at sea met from 11-15  October 2010, at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in London, UK, and adopted an Assessment Framework for Ocean Fertilization.

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ADB Report Highlights Effects of Climate Change on Asian Megacities [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities," which highlights the impact of climate change on Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila under a range of scenarios through 2050.

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UNEP Regional Seas Releases Marine Biodiversity Assessments [viewed]

19 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas office has released the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis, which provides the first systematic overview at a sub-global scale of the state of knowledge of marine biodiversity, the pressures it currently faces and the management frameworks in place for addressing those pressures.

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SPC Provides Climate Science Training to Tongan Officials [viewed]

15 October 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), provided training to Tongan Government staff on the use of customized software for assessing the effects of climate change.

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UNEP Regional Seas Releases Report on Ecosystem Based Adaptation [viewed]

October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas has released a report titled "Using Ecosystems to Address Climate Change – Ecosystem Based Adaptation."

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