Marine & Coastal

Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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UNEP-WCMC Updates Biodiversity A-Z Website [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc21 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has launched an updated version of its Biodiversity A-Z website. The updated website divides information into biodiversity-related themes and includes two new themes: marine and acronyms.

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CBD COP 12 Adopts Decisions on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity [viewed]

cop12-biodiv17 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) adopted two decisions related to marine and coastal biodiversity: one on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and one on other matters, including impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise and ocean acidification, priority actions to achieve Aichi Target 10 (coral reefs), and marine spatial planning (MSP) and training initiatives.

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West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS [viewed]

Grid Arendal25 September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter.

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Event: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting [viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work. The SAOs will hear reports on and discuss, inter alia: the Arctic Contaminants Action Programme (ACAP) on the reduction of black carbon emissions from residential wood combustion; the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on its assessments related to short-lived climate pollutants, human health, persistent organic pollutants, and radioactivity; the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) group's work on revisions to the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG); and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) group.  

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc14 October 2014: A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority [viewed]

SPREP10 October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Pacific Islands shared the 'Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific' and highlighted a regional project on 'Prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Pacific islands.'

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Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

weatlands22 September 2014: Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems.

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