Islands

UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership [viewed]

samoa-unep29 August 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.

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APEC Ministers Call for Action on Blue Economy, Food Security, Marine Conservation and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

apec28 August 2014: In an outcome document agreed upon at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ocean and Fisheries Working Group, APEC Ministers called for establishing more integrated, sustainable, inclusive and mutually beneficial partnerships on ocean cooperation among APEC members. The ‘Xiamen Declaration: Towards New Partnership through Ocean Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region' outlines 47 actions on four priority areas: coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and disaster resilience; the role of the ocean on food security and food-related trade; marine science, technology and innovation; and the blue economy.

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UNESCO World Heritage Paper Highlights SIDS' Cultural Heritage and Resources [viewed]

UNESCO25 August 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a paper on 'Safeguarding Precious Resources for Island Communities,' as a contribution to the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The paper describes the evolution of the SIDS agenda, highlights SIDS in the World Heritage Convention (WHC) context, and includes seven thematic papers on shared concerns and challenges across SIDS, such as disaster risk management (DRM) and building resilience to climate change, land management and sustainable tourism.

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Regional Workshops Address Key CMS COP 11 Agenda Items [viewed]

CMS21 August 2014: Regional preparatory and negotiation workshops recently convened in Chile and Fiji, as part of a series of four regional capacity building workshops in the run-up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11).

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CTI Workshop Develops Country Roadmaps on MPAs [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative14 August 2014: Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) member countries and their partners developed roadmaps to improve marine protected area management (MPA) at the Fifth CTI on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Exchange on MPAs (REX5) workshop. Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste will implement the roadmaps from 2014 to 2020.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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IFAD Recommends Global Response to Food Security [viewed]

IFAD18 August 2014: In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released an infographic, titled ‘Investing in Small Island Developing States,' and a publication, titled ‘IFAD's Approach in SIDS: A global response to island voices for food security.' These resources highlight SIDS' characteristics, show IFAD's strategic approaches to SIDS engagement, and propose moving towards “a global response to island voices for food security.”

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Oceania Regional Prep Meeting Highlights Role of Wetlands in Biodiversity, Livelihoods [viewed]

ramsar-sprep18 August 2014: Wetlands play a critical role in sustaining island biodiversity and livelihoods, according to participants at the sixth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar). Participants also discussed priority areas for Ramsar's new Strategic Plan, which will provide a framework for future action for Ramsar and the world's wetlands from 2016.

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SPREP Launches Climate Change Toolkit for Pacific Media [viewed]

SPREP5 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a toolkit to support journalists in the Pacific region in effectively communicating on climate change and related environmental issues. The toolkit consists of a series of factsheets containing information on different aspects of climate change, and a manual of activities for improving journalists' climate change reporting and interview techniques.

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