Oceans & Coasts

EEA Publishes Coastal Ecosystem Message [viewed]

25 August 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) of the EU has published the ninth in its series of '10 messages for 2010,' the International Year of Biodiversity. The newest message focuses on coastal ecosystems.

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Event: Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

This public symposium is co-organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will be held back-to-back with the second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial-level conference and will bring together the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM member countries. The ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss the threats from climate change faced by CARICOM countries, in particular those that are small island States. These include more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level. The symposium will also explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.  

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Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

13 August 2010: The fifth Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was organized around the theme "Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action through a Multi-stakeholder Approach."

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World Bank and GEF Fund Adaptation Efforts in Kiribati [viewed]

10 August 2010: The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are supporting the Government of Kiribati in adapting to climate change through planning efforts to reduce the country's vulnerability to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise.

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Background Paper for High-Level UNGA Meeting on Biodiversity Released [viewed]

August 2010: The Secretary-General has transmitted to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) a background paper for the UNGA's high-level meeting as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, to be held on 22 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: 42nd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The Pacific Islands Forum is a regional political and economic policy institution comprising 14 Pacific Island countries, Australia and New Zealand. This meeting, marking the 40th anniversary of the Forum, will be hosted by the Government of New Zealand. The schedule is as follows: Smaller Island States Leaders' Meeting, and Pacific ACP Leaders' Meeting, 6 September; Official opening of the 42nd PIF, and PIF Formal Session, 7 September; Forum Leaders' Retreat, 8 September; 23rd Post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session, 9 September. Among other issues, the meeting will consider options for climate change resourcing.  

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Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

5 August 2010: The 41st meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, which took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 4-5 August 2010, concluded with the issuance of a Communiqué, which contains a section on climate change.

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Event: Eighth International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), together with the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), the Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA) and the GIS Society of Ethiopia (GSSE). It aims to bring together scholars and professionals from the African and international geo-spatial information science community to present latest achievements, discuss challenges and share experience. The Conference is organized around four themes: food and water security; energy resources; disaster risk reduction; and marine and coastal management.  

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Climate Change Dominates Pacific Island Forum Meeting [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is holding its 41st Annual Meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 3-6 August 2010, to give political guidance to the region, including on climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Cook Islands' Submission to AWG-LCA 11 [viewed]

30 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.5) from the Cook Islands on emissions from international shipping and aviation under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan (BAP).

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