Oceans & Coasts

Event: Blue Carbon Scientific Working Group I Meeting I [viewed]

Conservation International, IUCN, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners are building a program to coordinate and guide establishment of coastal “blue” carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.  

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Event: Fifth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the GEO Secretariat and GEO Japan, with the support of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Its theme is “Towards the Establishment of Data Sharing and Data Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region,” and its objective is to promote the exchange of data and information through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and to find solutions for achieving societal benefits through GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific region. Technical sessions will be held on the following topics: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI); Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON); Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT); and Ocean Observation and Climate.  

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COFI 29 Considers Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

4 February 2011: The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), took place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 31 January- 4 February 2011, bringing together over 640 participants who considered, among other agenda items, fisheries and aquaculture in our changing climate.

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UNESCO IOC Releases Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

January 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a "Scientific Summary for Policymakers on Ocean Fertilization," which considers the practicalities, opportunities and threats associated with large-scale ocean fertilization.

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Event: WCRP/IOC Workshop on Regional Sea Level Change [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Organization (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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FAO Releases State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010 [viewed]

31 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released "State of the World's Fisheries and Aquaculture," which stresses that the contribution of fish to global diets has increased and that the status of global fish stocks has not improved.

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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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Adaptation Fund's First Direct Access Project Launches in Senegal [viewed]

25 January 2011: The Adaptation Fund's first project to use its direct access financing mechanism, which allows countries to access the fund without the use of multilateral development institutions as intermediaries, launched in Senegal on 21 January 2011.

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SPREP Reports on Training Workshops on Adaptation Socioeconomic Assessment [viewed]

12 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on completing a series of sub-regional training sessions on the Socioeconomic Assessment Guides, in the context of the GEF-funded Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project.

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CBD COP 10 Report Available Online [viewed]

21 December 2010: The official report, including all decisions and outcomes, of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been made available online.

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