Oceans & Coasts

WMO Commission for Hydrology to Review Climate Change and Water Activities [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 4 November 2008: The 13th session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology opened on 4 November

2008 at WMO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude on 12

November. The Commission for Hydrology shapes the water-related activities of

the WMO, and addresses issues related to the basic hydrological observation

network, water resources assessment, flood forecasting and management,

adaptabili

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IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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Ramsar Convention, IUCN and Danone Group Partner Against Climate Change [viewed]

Danone, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature29 October 2008: On the sidelines of the 10th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008, the Ramsar Secretariat, the Danone Group and IUCN have entered into a partnership targeting climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Wetlands in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties 28 October 2008: In a video message to the tenth meeting of

the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,

taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the appropriateness of the

conference's theme, “Healthy wetlands, healthy people.”

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UN-HABITAT: State of the World's Cities Report Underlines Coastal Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

State of the World's Cities 2008/2009

23 October 2008: The UN Human Settlements Programme

(UN-HABITAT) has launched “State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious

Cities,” a flagship report published every two years by the UN agency.

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UNESCO and IAEA Convene Symposium on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 October 2008: The second symposium on “The Ocean in a

High CO2 World” convened from 6-9 October 2008, at the Oceanography Museum of

Monaco, sponsored by, inter alia, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research,

the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific

and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), and the International Atomic Energy

Agency's (IAEA) Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Emissions Regulations for Ships [viewed]

Major progress on air pollution, ship recycling and ballast water management at IMO environment meeting 13 October 2008: The International Maritime Organization's

(IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) held its 58th session from

6-10 October 2008, in London, UK. The Committee maintained momentum in limiting

or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, and made substantive

progress in developing technical and operational measures to address these

emissions.

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UNEP Announces Projects to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Serve as Key Adaptation Measures [viewed]

Country Pilots to Prove Investments in Nature-Based Assets Give High Economic, Social and Environmental Rate of Return 6 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in

cooperation with governments, is drawing up some projects to demonstrate that

re-investing in damaged ecosystems can generate significant economic,

environmental and social returns.

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IMO Continues Work on Regime to Control GHG Emissions [viewed]

<br /> Ship emissions high on agenda at IMO environment meeting 3 October 2008: The Marine Environment Protection Committee

of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is meeting in London, UK, for

its 58th session, from 6-10 October 2008. During the meeting, the Committee

will continue its work on developing a mandatory regime to control greenhouse

gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.

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