Oceans & Coasts

Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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UNEP Launches "Blue Carbon" Concept [viewed]

25 February 2010: In a joint statement released at the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from 24–26 February 2010, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Indonesian Minister for Marine Affairs and FisheriesFadel Muhammad emphasized the role of marine and coastal ecosystems in the fight against climate change.

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Event: CSD 18 SIDS Special Day [viewed]

CSD-18 SIDS Day will serve as a PrepCom for the High-level Review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is scheduled to take place in September 2010.  

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Short Video of Grenada Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and UN-TV, are producing a series of short films to highlight the challenges faced by small island developing States (SIDS).

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Commonwealth Releases Study on Climate Change, Fisheries, Trade and Competitiveness [viewed]

26 January 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat has published a study titled "Climate Change, Fisheries, Trade and Competitiveness: Understanding impacts and formulating responses to Commonwealth small States," which focuses on the likely impacts of climate change on the trade and competitiveness of the fisheries sector in small developing Commonwealth States.

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UNESCO Sponsors Pan-African Workshop Aimed at Fostering Modeling Capacities [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Pan-African Workshop on “Decision-Making Support for Coastal Zone Management, Water Resources and Climate Change in Africa” was held in Cotonou, Benin, from 15-17 February 2010.

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ESCAP and DESA Convene High-Level Dialogue on Sustainable Development of Pacific SIDS [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) convened the Pacific High Level Dialogue on the five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy from 8-9 February 2010, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

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UNWTO e-Bulletin Addresses Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released the February 2010 issue of its e-Bulletin Sustainable Development of Tourism.

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International Basin Organizations Network Meeting Examines Effects of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycles [viewed]

23 January 2010: The eighth World General Assembly of the International Basin Organizations Network was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 20-23 January 2010, and brought together over 260 water experts from 41 countries to focus on effective management of Africa's 59 trans-frontier river basins and the positive economic benefits of harnessing their waters for hydropower and irrigation.

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Event: Climate Change and Implications for Antarctic Management and Governance [viewed]

Norway will host an Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts (ATME) on Climate Change and Implications for Antarctic Management and Governance. Agenda items include: key scientific aspects of climate change; key consequences of such change to the Antarctic marine and terrestrial environment; implications of such consequences to management of Antarctic activities; the need for monitoring, scenario planning and risk assessment; and outcomes of the Copenhagen negotiations relevant for the Antarctic.  

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