Intergovernmental Organization

FARNET Magazine Focuses on Role of Fisheries in Local Development [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Autumn-Winter issue of the Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET) Magazine features articles on the role of fisheries communities in local development, including one about fisheries local action groups (FLAGs).

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OECD Biotechnology Forum Discusses Achievements, Promise of Life Sciences [viewed]

OECDNovember 2012: The Biotechnology Research and Policy Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences took place on 12 November 2012, in Paris France. The Forum considered, among other issues, risks related to emerging pathogens in the environment, and opportunities and challenges in marine biotechnology.

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Event: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems Management Committee Meeting [viewed]

The CGIAR Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Management Committee is scheduled to discuss the WLE Research Program in March 2013.  

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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Results Available from Pacific Efforts Against Illegal Fishing [viewed]

SPCDecember 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released the results of a two-week surveillance operation, named “Kurukuru 2012,” aimed at detecting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the Pacific.

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PISCES Produces Guide on Ecosystem Approaches in Celtic Sea Marine Policy [viewed]

11 December 2012: The WWF-UK led project, Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES), has produced a practical guide for stakeholders and government decision-makers on implementing the ecosystem approach in marine policy. The guide has a focus on marine spatial planning and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EC Issues New Guidelines on Aquaculture in Natura 2000 Sites [viewed]

10 December 2012: The European Commission has issued new guidelines aimed at ensuring the compatibility of aquaculture with EU nature legislation, specifically provisions on the EU network of protected areas known as Natura 2000.

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OIE Discusses Role of Veterinary Services in Managing Disaster Risk [viewed]

29 November 2012: The 21st Conference of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for the Americas considered, among other issues, the role that national veterinary services play in managing disease outbreaks and other risks to animal welfare and animal health in situations of exceptional climatic events or disasters of other origins.

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SPC Scientists Urge WCPFC to Agree on Tuna Fishery Reference Points [viewed]

SPC10 December 2012: Scientists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have urged negotiators working on a tuna fish stocks management mechanism for the Western Central Pacific to agree on reference points to drive the process.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2012 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

7 December 2012: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2012 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card, which has been published since 2006 tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere.

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