Islands

Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress [viewed]

us-kiribati14 November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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SPREP, SPC, UNEP Develop TOR for Pacific IAS Advisory Group [viewed]

SPREP30 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) sub-regional office drafted a Terms of Reference for a Pacific Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Advisory Group.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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GLISPA Highlights SIDS Conference Commitments [viewed]

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Collaborating On Mesoamerican Reef Project [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided an update on its ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project, which is using a holistic approach to address threats to the Mesoamerican reef. The regional, cross-border project promotes reef conservation in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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IWC and SPREP Partner on Whale Conservation [viewed]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1 October 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) agreed on a partnership on whale conservation and welfare in the Pacific region at a ‘Year of the Whale' side event that took place at the margins of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Majuro, the Marshall Islands.

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CBD Reviews Progress on Plant Conservation Strategy [viewed]

CBDSeptember 2014: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released CBD Technical Series No. 81, titled ‘Plant Conservation Report 2014: A review of progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020.' The report was prepared to contribute to the mid-term review of the CBD's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 4).

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Oceania Regional Meeting Prepares for Ramsar COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar24 September 2014: The Oceania Regional Meeting discussed regional priorities, wetlands management case studies and challenges in preparation for the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12).

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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