Oceans & Coasts

UNEP/MAP's First State of the Environment and Development Report Highlights Climate Change's Impacts on the Mediterranean Region [viewed]

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November 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) and its Regional Activity Centres have released the first State of the Environment and Development report covering the Mediterranean region, which tackles key environmental issues, including climate change.

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UNITAR to Implement EU Global Climate Change Alliance [viewed]

Unitar1 December 2009: The Climate Change Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), together with its consortium partner MWH Global, has secured a contract to implement the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA).

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FAO Releases Policy Brief on Food Security and Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

FAO26 November 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO has published a policy brief calling for governments to build resilience into food systems by implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) alongside collaboration with international partners.

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EC Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts in Europe [viewed]

27nov_09_07November 2009: The European Commission (EC) has released a report of a multi-sectoral assessment of climate change impacts in Europe for 2011-2040 and 2071-2100.

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IMO Secretary-General Confident International Shipping Can Reduce its Carbon Footprint [viewed]

Imo23 November 2009: Speaking at the opening of the 26th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos reviewed the work of the organization in the previous biennium, highlighting progress on a package of technical and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

Cbd Logo18 November 2009: On the occasion of the expert workshop on scientific and technical aspects relevant to environmental impact assessment in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction, held from 18-20 November 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted that recent global marine environmental assessments have observed a serious deterioration of the marine environment, further exacerbated by the effects of climate change.

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UNECE WATER CONVENTION PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTATION AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE [viewed]

The fifth meeting of the parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), held on 10-12 November 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, adopted the Guide to Implementing the Convention and Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change, among other outcomes.

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APEC Leaders' Meeting Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

apec15 November 2009: Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) convened for their 17th meeting, titled “Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region,” in Singapore on 14-15 November 2009, and discussed climate change, among other issues.

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RAMSAR STRP Releases Briefing Note on Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

Ramsar13 November 2009: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has announced that its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) has compiled a briefing note based on recent decisions adopted by Ramsar contracting parties and on recent information and recommendations provided by the STRP in relation to wetlands and climate change.

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Ramsar Co-organizes Workshop on Wetlands and Carbon Offsets [viewed]

Ramsar6 November 2009: The Danone-IUCN-Ramsar partnership hosted a three-day expert workshop on “Achieving carbon offsets through mangroves and other wetlands,” from 9-11 November 2009, in Gland, Switzerland.

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