Marine & Coastal

Event: Second Blue Planet Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

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FAO, RFMOs Launch Website on VMEs in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other partners launched a website on vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The website includes a global inventory of fisheries management measures taken by RFMOs to reduce current and potential impacts on VMEs in ABNJ.

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Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation [viewed]

kisr16 December 2014: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) convened a workshop to develop a national plan for the conservation of sea turtles. Participants discussed threats facing turtles and suggested the Indian Ocean South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA Marine Turtle M0U) as a future platform for regional cooperation.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse MPA Roadmaps, Agree on Cooperation with FAO, SEAFDEC [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeDecember 2014: Representatives at the Tenth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-10) of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) endorsed the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Working Group's Regional and National Roadmaps for 2014-2015, agreed on cooperation agreements with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and agreed on organizational matters.

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WCPFC Adopts Conservation and Management Measures on Tuna, Sharks [viewed]

wcpfc10 December 2014: The 11th regular session of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) agreed on a number of Conservation and Management Measures (CMMs), including actions to: modify measures for bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna; mitigate impacts of fishing on sharks; and establish a harvesting strategy for key fisheries and stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

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WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress [viewed]

waves10 December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries.

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Event: Tenure and Fishing Rights 2015 (User Rights) [viewed]

This global conference on tenure and fishing rights will focus on rights-based approaches for fisheries. It aims to share experiences and information on the application of rights-based approaches to responsible fisheries and social development, particularly in areas where tenure governance is weak. Participants will discuss concepts of tenure and users rights to support fisheries stakeholders and policymakers in designing and implementing arrangements for efficient, equitable and sustainable resource utilization and development. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is hosting the conference with the Government of Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop on EBSAs in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, and Training Session on EBSAs [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.  

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Event: Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, Freshwater, Fish and the Future [viewed]

This global conference will focus on ‘Freshwater Fish and the Future: Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Sustain Livelihoods, Food Security and Aquatic Resources'. The conference aims to raise the profile of inland fisheries to better reflect their role in blue growth and their incorporation in agricultural, industrial, recreational and urban land use and water resource planning. The conference will address four themes: biological assessment; economic and social assessment; drivers and synergies; and policy and governance. The meeting is expected to result in recommendations for inland fisheries policy statements.  

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Guest Article #28: CMS COP11: A Substantive Summary of Critical Outcomes [viewed]

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), coinciding with the Convention's 35th anniversary of being signed, was a watershed in many respects.

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