Islands

Event: Invasive Species: Islands Offer Lessons for the World [viewed]

This panel discussion is being convened by the US National Invasive Species Council, in collaboration with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), as part of the opening of the 2013 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). In this session, policy leaders and invasive species experts from Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean island countries will discuss the range of invasive species challenges they face, focusing on how leadership, coordination with allied issues and cooperation with partners are key ingredients to their biosecurity, control and eradication efforts.  

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Event: GEF Constituency Meeting for the Pacific Islands [viewed]

Organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this meeting is for representatives of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The meeting will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

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Micronesian Challenge Newsletter Highlights Kosrae Marine Protected Area Awareness Project [viewed]

2 February 2013: The February 2013 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, highlights recent support for the Awareness Campaign for Sustainable Management of the Tafunsak Marine Protected Area Project in Kosrae. It also spotlights the outcomes of a Micronesian Challenge Communications workshop, which convened in Guam.

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PILN "Soundbites" Features News on GLISPA and PIP [viewed]

SPREP31 January 2013: The Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) "Soundbites" January 2013 issue highlights the Solomon Islands' $1.5 million grant to fight the Giant African Snail, and the Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) member contributions to the Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook (PECCO) report, which was released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Doha, Qatar, at the 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference.

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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Event: 14th Session of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 14) [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP) is to carry out an in-depth review of the oceans-related outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and how those outcomes would impact and benefit international coordination and cooperation. The consideration of issues relating to sea-level rises and their impact on security and survival, particularly on low-lying coastal areas and island nations, against the background of sustainable development was also suggested by many delegations at ICP 13. They also proposed another theme for consideration, on aspects of marine scientific research related to sustainable development.  

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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands [viewed]

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

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Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [viewed]

The first preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 24-26 February 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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WorldFish Promotes Community-based Aquatic Agricultural Systems in Solomon Islands [viewed]

8 January, 2013: The Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a series of stakeholder consultations in the Solomon Islands aiming to build partnerships and community leadership in the development of sustainable AAS.

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UNESCO Reports on Sandwatch Training in Indonesia [viewed]

26 December 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that its Jakarta office and the FOCIL Foundation organized a training of trainers for teachers and students from Wangi-wangi island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, to kick-start the implementation of Sandwatch activities on the island. 

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