Oceans & Coasts

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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CBD COP 10 Opens in Nagoya [viewed]

18 October 2010: Following the conclusion of the Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) opened on 18 October 2010, and will continue until 29 October 2010. The meeting's agenda includes a series of strategic, substantive, administrative and budgetary issues.

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Event: Workshop on Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific: Moving from Strategy to Action [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. It will address the climate policy of the Pacific region and the importance for national governments to lead the response to climate change and their need to receive support and constructive engagement by development partners.  

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APEC Ministers Address Climate Change Impacts on Oceans and Fisheries [viewed]

12 October 2010: Oceans-related Ministers of the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed climate change impacts on oceans at a meeting titled "Healthy Oceans and Fisheries Management towards Food Security," held from 11-12 October 2010, in Paracas, Peru.

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UNGA Second Committee Underlines Importance of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

6 October 2010: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 6 October 2010, in New York, US, to continue and conclude its general debate, addressing, inter alia: the critical importance of deliberations on climate change, biodiversity and the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD); the need for an agreement on targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; expediting the implementation of existing climate change agreements; and new financing to help countries mitigate and adapt to its effects.

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