Islands

SPREP Announces Ecological Assessment Expedition in Tonga [viewed]

SPREP10 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the details of an expedition in the Vava'u archipelago in Tonga. The missions will conduct rapid biodiversity and ecological assessments (BIORAP) of both land and marine sites throughout the archipelago. 

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UNESCO Outlines SIDS 2006-2013 Activities [viewed]

UNESCO13 February 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a 40-page booklet, titled 'Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world,' which outlines UNESCO's activities in small island developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

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Pacific SIDS Recommend Oceans SDG [viewed]

palau-president-20144 February 2014: Participants discussed how to achieve healthy oceans and seas, including through a "stand-alone" Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), at an event on 4 February 2014, in New York, US. ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward' highlighted the role of healthy oceans and seas in the survival of people and the planet and discussed the role of technology in preventing and mitigating impacts from natural phenomena.

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Event: Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Outreach Session [viewed]

This session will provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn and engage in opportunities for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods with regard to the International Day of Island Biodiversity (22 May 2014), International Year of Small Island Developing States (2014), 3rd International Conference for Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS 2014), and the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (CBD COP 12). RSVP is necessary for entry.  

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SPREP Highlights Marine Mammal Conservation Efforts [viewed]

SPREP23 December 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced plans to boost marine mammal conservation initiatives in 2014, with particular focus on supporting implementation of the SPREP Marine Species Action Plans 2013-2017.  

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Event: Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Event: Final Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The second and final preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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Indonesia to Host Coral Triangle Initiative Permanent Secretariat in 2014 [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeNovember 2013: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has decided to install an Executive Director and launch its Permanent Secretariat in Indonesia in mid-2014. The Initiative is also anticipating implementation of its Monitoring and Evaluation System, and has released a set of guidebooks for designing local marine protected areas.

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Event: CBD Capacity-Building Workshop for the Pacific on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the aim of this workshop on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets is to assist Parties in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and their mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of assessment, policy and planning tools to promote ecosystem conservation and restoration at appropriate levels.  

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