Marine & Coastal

FAO, GEF, GOF Launch ABNJ Newsletter [viewed]

fao-gef-gocOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) launched the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Learn Newsletter. The newsletter will facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices on the management of ABNJ to encourage the advancement of integrated, ecosystem-based management policies and practices in ABNJ.

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Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation [viewed]

Cetaceans Conference28 October 2014: Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions [viewed]

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution [viewed]

sprep-imo22 October 2014: Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures.

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Event: Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 [viewed]

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'. The conference aims to promote socioeconomic growth and food security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from a blue growth perspective. Expert panels will convene on: enabling good governance in aquaculture; a healthy environment, a stronger aquaculture industry; boosting markets for aquaculture; and advancing aquaculture innovations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, explore synergies and possibilities for joint action and mobilize political commitment towards a common aquaculture strategy for the region based on a blue growth approach. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) is organizing the conference with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC).  

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International Symposium Addresses Weather, Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity [viewed]

wmo-fao-georgemason24 October 2014: Organized by the George Mason University (GMU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with 11 co-sponsors, the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity has produced a final declaration, including a list of “salient recommendations” on the issues.

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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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