Oceans & Coasts

Experts Gather to Prevent Destruction of Wetlands and Consequent GHG Releases [viewed]

21 July 2008: Over 700

experts from 28 nations are gathering at the eighth INTECOL International

Wetlands Conference, which is taking place from 20-25 July 2008, in Cuiaba,

Brazil, to agree on measures to better manage and slow the decline of wetlands

that are among the planet's most threatened ecosystems.

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Coastal Cities Summit: Values and Vulnerabilities [viewed]

Coastal Cities Summit 2008 July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take

place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized

by the International Ocean Institute.

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Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and Environment in South Asia to Convene in Dhaka, Bangladesh [viewed]

International Symposium on Climate Change<br /> and Food Security in South Asia

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July 2008: The Ohio State University, the World Meteorological Organization

(WMO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Office for

Asia and the Pacific, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

Pacific (ESCAP), in collaboration with a number of agencies, are organizing the

Regional Symposium on Climate Change, Food Security, Sea Level Rise and

Environment in South Asia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 25-29 August 2008.

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World's Ports Adopt Climate Declaration [viewed]

Ports join hands to combat climate change and improve air quality

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July 2008: The World Ports Climate

Conference took place from 9-11 July 2008 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and was

organized around the theme “World

Ports for a Better Climate.” The conference brought together participants representing over 50 ports from 35

countries and concluded with the adoption of the World Port Climate

Declaration, in which they committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

and improve air quality.

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FAO Scientific Symposium: Climate Change Will Have Strong Impact on Fisheries [viewed]

Fishing communities in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: FAO 10 July 2008: The International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in

Marine Social-Ecological Systems took place from 8-11 July 2008, in Rome, Italy. The Symposium,

organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global

Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics and the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem

Analysis, brought together over 200 experts and policymakers from around

the globe to share experiences

and identify key next steps to promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems.

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IMO: World Maritime Day for 2009 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Imo

20 June 2008: During its one hundredth Session, which took

place in London, UK, from 16-20 June 2008, the International Maritime

Organization (IMO) agreed that the theme for the 2009 World

Maritime Day would be “Climate change: a challenge for IMO too!”

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UNITAR Organizes Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

5 July 2008: The Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change took place from 29 June to 4 July 2008, in Kushiro, Japan. It was co-organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Kushiro International Wetland Centre, in partnership with the Japan-UNDP Partnership Fund and the Secretariats of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Arctic Communities and Small Island Developing States Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Many Strong Voices Website25 June 2008: Many Strong Voices (MSV), a collaboration between Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that seeks to promote the well-being of these areas vulnerable to climate change, released a five-year action plan on 25 June 2008.

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European Project on Ocean Acidification Launched [viewed]

Epoca

10 June 2008: The

European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) was launched on 10 June 2008.

This EU research project is a consortium of over 100 scientists from 27

organizations in nine countries to address ocean acidification. Its goal is to

document ocean acidification, investigate its impact on biological processes,

predict its consequences for the next 100 years, and advise policy-makers on

potential thresholds or tipping points that should not be exceeded.

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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,

Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for

the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the

Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved

for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and

wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.

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