Islands

Pacific Invasives Partnership Highlights GEF Proposal, Learning Network at Annual Meeting [viewed]

SPREP24 February 2014: The Pacific Invasives Partnership held its annual meeting to coordinate planning and share expertise among regional and international agencies working to curb the growing negative impact of invasive species in the region. Key discussions at the meeting included a proposal endorsed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to secure funding from the 6th replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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Ramsar Update January-February 2014 [viewed]

Ramsar24 February 2014: Over the January-February 2014 period, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has celebrated World Wetlands Day and reported on the designation of new sites in Belarus, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France.

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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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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