Oceans & Coasts

Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands

March 2009: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will hold its 15th meeting from 30 March-3 April 2009, in Gland, Switzerland. Participants are scheduled to establish a number of Thematic Work Area Working Groups and to identify their core membership, including one on “wetlands and climate change” to be chaired by Max Finlayson (Australia). 

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Polar Bear Meeting Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2009: Representatives from the five parties to the 1973 Polar Bear Conservation Agreement – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US – met from 17-19 March 2009, in Tromsoe, Norway.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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IMO Intersessional Meeting Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency for Ships [viewed]

16 March 2009: The second intersessional meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships took place at IMO headquarters in London, UK, from 9-13 March 2009. The meeting brought together over 200 experts and focused on technical and operational measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships. A report from the meeting will be presented to the 59th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 59), to be held in July 2009.

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PEMSEA's EAS Congress to Consider Climate Change Adaptation through Integrated Coastal Management [viewed]

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress

March 2009: The East Asian Seas Region Ministerial Forum, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from 26-27 November 2009, as part of East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, will address climate change adaptation through integrated coastal management (ICM).

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UNESCO Meeting Formulates Recommendations on Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic [viewed]

Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic

13 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges,” which convened from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco. The meeting brought together experts in the social and natural sciences, ethics, education and international affairs who sought the local expertise of indigenous peoples in drafting a set of 66 recommendations for follow-up action.

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ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports [viewed]

ECLAC Presents Climate Change Reports

10 March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has launched a report titled “Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review.” The report was released during a seminar on “Climate Change: The Challenges for Growth in Chile and Latin America,” which took place on 11 March 2009, in Santiago, Chile. The report concludes that Latin America and the Caribbean may suffer more impacts of climate change than other regions because of the number of island States present in the region, low coastal areas and prevalence of hurricanes. Considering greenhouse gas emissions in the region are relatively low (11.7% of global emissions in 2000) the authors recommend authorities to focus on adaptation.

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IMO Intersessional Working Group to Further Develop Reduction Mechanisms for GHG Emissions from Ships [viewed]

Second Intersessional Meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

6 March 2009: The Second Intersessional Meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships is scheduled to take place from 9-13 March 2009, in London, UK. The meeting is expected to bring together over 200 delegates to finalize the Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships and the revised Interim Guidelines on the Energy Efficiency Operational Index. The Group will also consider the introduction of a management tool for all ships, guidance on best practices and other voluntary operational measures, and possible impacts of the measures envisaged on the shipping sector.

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PEMSEA's Second East Asian Seas Youth Forum to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

Second East Asian Seas (EAS) Youth Forum

March 2009: Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is organizing the second East Asian Seas (EAS) Youth Forum, which will take place from 22-26 November 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, as one of the major side events of the EAS Congress 2009.

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FAO Report: Fisheries Need to Prepare for Climate Change [viewed]

Fishing-reliant communities in the developing world are extremely vulnerable to climate change.

2 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released “The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008,” which recommends that existing responsible fishing practices be more widely implemented and current management plans be expanded to include strategies for coping with climate change.

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