Oceans & Coasts

World Bank Approves First Climate Change Development Policy Loan [viewed]

25 May 2010: The World Bank approved its first development policy loan dedicated to climate change mitigation and adaptation, in Indonesia.

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CBD Working Group Discusses Post-2010 Strategic Plan [viewed]

28 May 2010: The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place from 24-28 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. During the meeting, delegates addressed an updated and revised strategic plan for the post-2010 period, including climate-related targets, which remains bracketed pending resolution of financial issues and negotiations on access and benefit-sharing (ABS).

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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UNFCCC Publishes ICAO and IMO Submissions [viewed]

20 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/MISC.5) from the Secretariats of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) containing information on emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport.

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CBD SBSTTA 14 Adopts Climate-Related Recommendations [viewed]

21 May 2010: The 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. SBSTTA 14 adopted 18 recommendations to be considered by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD. Climate-related issues are addressed in the recommendations on: mountain biodiversity; inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity, including ocean fertilization; protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; biofuels and biodiversity; and forest biodiversity.

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WorldFish Center Holds Workshop on Adaptation and West African Fisheries [viewed]

19 May 2010: WorldFish Center, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), hosted a workshop on "Envisioning 2050: Climate Change, Aquaculture and Fisheries in West Africa," in Dakar, Senegal, from 14-16 April 2010, with attendance by experts from Ghana, Mauritania and Senegal.

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UNFCCC Releases IGO Submissions [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from international governmental organizations (IGOs) containing views that the Chair may draw upon in the preparation of draft text for consideration by parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held from 1-11 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNEP-WCMC Launches Global Island Database [viewed]

10 May 2010: The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) launched the Global Island Database (GID) during the small island developing States (SIDS) Day held during the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, US, on 10 May 2010. The GID reflects five of the themes important for islands, as identified by the Island Biodiversity Programme of Work (IBPoW) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), namely biodiversity, climate change, invasive species, pollution and sustainability.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Welcomes Initiative on Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 184th session of the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took place in Paris, France, from 30 March-15 April 2010. Among other agenda items, the Board took note of UNESCO's ongoing work on climate change and welcomed the new Initiative on Climate Change, which will give special attention to UNESCO's two global priorities, Africa and gender equality, as well as to the increased vulnerability of small island developing States (SIDS).

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