Oceans & Coasts

World Oceans Day Celebrated [viewed]

8 June 2010: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme "Our oceans: opportunities and challenges.”

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Workshop Report on Carbon Offsets through Wetlands Released [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Ramsar Secretariat has released the report of the expert workshop "Achieving Carbon Offsets through Mangroves and Other Wetlands,” which convened in Gland, Switzerland, in November 2009.

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Event: Fifth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5), Second Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF 2), and 15th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These three events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "Coping with Copenhagen: Water, Waste, Energy, Health..." to emphasize actions and strategies to address key Caribbean environmental issues against the backdrop of climate change. The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The CSEF focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Jamaican Government, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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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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