Islands

Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal Wetland [viewed]

kiribiti-flag1 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.

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Event: Significance of Marine Science and Technology and Importance of Capacity Building and Marine Technology Transfer to SIDS [viewed]

Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), this expert group meeting will: assess the current status of the marine science and technology situation in the SIDS regions;
 identify frameworks for technology transfer of relevant and appropriate marine scientific technologies to SIDS; present the results of the marine science capacity development survey carried out by IOC (as a result of a voluntary commitment taken at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20));
 and make concrete recommendations in capacity development that could contribute to the preparatory process towards the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS.  

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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Honduras Designates Two Coastal Wetlands as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Honduras has designated two new coastal wetlands as Ramsar sites, bringing the total number of Wetlands of International Importance for this country to eight.

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SPREP Announces Partnership with Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology [viewed]

SPREP22 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced a partnership with the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). The new partnership will involve research on marine pollution, biodiversity and ocean acidification.

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FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

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SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji [viewed]

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

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Event: Leadership Summit for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) [viewed]

This Summit aims to bring together Heads of Governments, Ministers of the Environment, Chief Executive Officers of major corporations and donor agencies to set a new course for the management and preservation of the region's marine and coastal environment. Co-hosted by the Prime Minister of Grenada and the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, the event is supported by Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and The Nature Conservancy. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) was launched in 2008 to provide greater leadership for protecting and sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment across the Caribbean.  

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GLISPA, Micronesia Challenge Strategize on Next Phases [viewed]

8 March 2013: At recent meetings, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) Steering Committee discussed strategies for achieving GLISPA's goals for 2013, including combating invasive species, stimulating "blue-green" economic growth and accomplishing debt-for-adaptation swaps to finance ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) activities, while the Micronesia Challenge discussed its second phase.

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La Palma Biosphere Reserve Launches Action Plan [viewed]

UNESCO6 March 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the La Palma Biosphere Reserve, in the Canary Islands, Spain, has launched its 2013-2022 Action Plan. The Plan's slogan is “All Voices, All Hands,” and reflects its emphasis on the active participation of citizens.

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