UNESCO

Event: Forum on Wetlands for Livelihoods [viewed]

This Forum is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)- Institute for Water Education (IHE) and Rwanda's Environmental Management Authority to discuss current challenges and solutions to wetland management, and pave a way forward, both regionally and beyond.  

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Seal Count Reaches Record High in Wadden Sea [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Common Wadden Sea Secretariat has reported that the Trilateral Seal Expert group, consisting of experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, found that the Wadden Sea-wide seal count for 2012 was the greatest since the beginning of the seal count in 1975. The Wadden Sea is a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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CO2 World Symposium Launches New Centre on Ocean Acidification, Prize for Ocean Health [viewed]

The shell pictured here is a victim of ocean acidification. Its normally-protective shell is so thin and fragile, it is transparent. © NOAA8 October 2012: The Third Symposium on "The Ocean in a High CO2 World" brought together experts and decision makers to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification, including socioeconomic consequences, and to consider management and policy implications. Participants reiterated that the primary means of protecting the oceans from acidification is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, calling for greater global concerted efforts.

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UNESCO Reports on the Addition of Four Sites to the Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

UNESCO21 September 2012: During the 11th European Geoparks Conference, the Global Geoparks Network Bureau added four new sites in China, Indonesia, Hungary and Spain. The Global Geoparks Network links geological heritage sites of international importance, rarity or beauty that are also used to promote sustainable development for local communities.

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Event: Western Pacific Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The objective of this UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgnization (UNESCO) organized workshop is to strengthen and promote regional cooperation towards the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment, and build capacity of member countries in the development of integrated marine assessments.  

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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World Heritage Centre Signs MOU with French MPA Agency for Indian Ocean Sites [viewed]

6 July 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the World Heritage Centre (WHC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the French Marine Protected Area (MPA) Agency (AAMP), in support of the conservation of marine World Heritage sites.

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Event: 11th Session of IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms [viewed]

The Sixteenth Session of the IOC Asembly, held in Paris in March 1991, adopted Resolution XVI-4 concerning the formation of an Ad hoc Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB). The Panel was requested to identify resources for a sufficiently broad programme to solve some of the real problems caused by harmful algae. Attendance at this session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is by invitation only.  

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