Marine & Coastal

SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future.

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Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ [viewed]

FAO-Common-OceansFebruary 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs).

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy [viewed]

unep-map18 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. Participants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Event: 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

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Indonesia and the Philippines Reinforce Commitments to CTI-CFF, Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

flags_indonesia_philippine9 February 2015: Indonesia and the Philippines reinforced their commitments to cooperate on maritime affairs, including addressing marine conservation and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Both countries are members of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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GOC Proposes Indicators for SDG on Oceans and Seas [viewed]

gocFebruary 2015: The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) has released proposed indicators for a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans and seas. GOC released the indicators as a contribution to the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

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FAO Releases Software for Identifying Shark Species from Fins [viewed]

FAO29 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Vigo, Spain, have developed an interactive software for identifying shark species from the shape of their fins. iSharkFin identifies species commonly seen in international trade, including those listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendices.

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World Bank Implementing Fisheries, Poverty Reduction Programs in Solomon Islands [viewed]

Worldbanklogo29 January 2015: The World Bank and the Government of the Solomon Islands signed agreements for three projects related to fisheries management, poverty reduction, rural development and economic and fiscal reform in Honiara, the Solomon Islands.

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BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument [viewed]

BBNJ23 January 2015: Delegates at the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) reached consensus on the legally binding nature of a future agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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