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Event: Regional Consultation Workshop for Asia on Groundwater Governance Project [viewed]

A project on "Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Country Action" was initiated by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the World Bank. The Asian regional consultation is the fourth in a series. The others have included consultations in: Uruguay, for Latin America and the Caribbean, in April 2012; Kenya, for the Africa region, in May 2012; and Jordan, in October 2012, for the Arab countries. The fifth Regional Consultation, dedicated to the European region as well as institutions from the private sector, will be hosted by the Netherlands in the first quarter March 2013. The results of the regional consultations will contribute to the preparation of a Global Groundwater Governance Diagnostic and Framework for Action.  

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Event: Regional Consultation Workshop for Arab Countries on the Groundwater Governance Project [viewed]

The project on "Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Country Action," was initiated by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the World Bank. This regional consultation is the third of a series. Additional consultations include: in Uruguay, for Latin America and the Caribbean in April 2012; in Kenya, for the Africa region, in May 2012; and in China, in December 2012, for Asia. A fifth Regional Consultation dedicated to the European region as well as institutions from the private sector will be hosted by the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2013. The results of the regional consultations will contribute to the preparation of Global Groundwater Governance Diagnostic.  

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Activities in the Bahamas [viewed]

UNESCO26 December 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the involvement of a Bahamas primary school in the UNESCO Sandwatch Project. For over 10 years, the school's students have worked to: create brochures on the sustainable use of reef; cut a floating fishing net off their study area reef; and write a comic book on how children can get involved in environmental protection.

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UNESCO Hosts First World Ocean Council 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' Workshop [viewed]

22 December 2011: The first World Ocean Council (WOC) 'Smart Ocean/Smart Industries' workshop, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), brought together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, marine technology and other sectors, as well as scientists, government agencies, and inter-governmental organizations. The workshop aimed to initiate a new programme to facilitate ocean industry collaboration with the scientific community to scale up data collection from “smart” ships and platforms and expand the spatial and temporal extent of ocean and atmospheric observations.

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IPBES Receives Comments on Draft Rules of Procedure, Work Programme [viewed]

December 2011: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has received comments on the draft elements of the IPBES work programme, as well as on the rules of procedure and related IPBES procedures.

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UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Research in the Arctic [viewed]

UNESCO19 December 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on a collaborative Climate Frontlines research project involving the French Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Sami reindeer herders, which focused on the impact of climate change on the forests and animal species of the North, as well as potential solutions that different stakeholders are advocating.

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UNESCO-IOC to Cooperate in Yeosu Project on Oceans and Coasts [viewed]

13 December 2011: As part of the Yeosu project, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) signed a cooperation agreement with the organizing committee for the Yeosu Expo 2012 and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The Yeosu Project aims to support developing countries in achieving sustainable development of the oceans and coasts.

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UNESCO-IOC Launches Cooperation with Agulhas and Somali Current LME [viewed]

12 December 2011: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC) has signed an Aide Memoire with the Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: IOC Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Technical Expert Group was established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is composed of natural and social scientists, coastal engineers and coastal zone managers. It is tasked with preparing a set of international guidelines on best practices related to the formulation of climate change. The Group is co-sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It will build on the work of the IOC Programme on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), and the guidebook published in 2009 on Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation through the Integrated Coastal Area Management (IOC Manual and Guide No 50). During the two-day meeting, experts are expected to reach consensus on the scope, structure, format and outline of the guidelines that IOC will develop in the coming months.  

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Durban Oceans Day Discusses Marine Biodiversity Issues [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day 2011 addressed several issues related to marine biodiversity, including the ecosystem approach, payment for ecosystem services (PES), invasive marine species, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and fish stocks depletion.

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