Marine & Coastal

UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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IUCN Report Calls for Action on Ocean Carbon [viewed]

IUCN9 December 2014: A report authored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the importance of protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and of conserving fish and krill stocks to climate change mitigation and climate regulation.

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ABNJ Tuna Project Launches Shark Assessment and Management Activities [viewed]

FAO8 December 2014: The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Tuna project launched its shark and bycatch activities at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Annual Meeting in Apia, Samoa. The project aims to reduce the impact of tuna fisheries on marine ecosystems, support implementation of sustainable, efficient fisheries management practices and reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through strengthened and harmonized monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS).

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IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia [viewed]

IUCN8 December 2014: During a World Parks Congress (WPC) event organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), participants agreed that a multidisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation and protected areas (PAs) is necessary to highlight gaps and to effectively manage PAs in the West Asia region.

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Fifth PICCC to be Held in Fiji in 2015 [viewed]

icpl-sprep-usp3 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the International Centre for Protected Landscape (ICPL) will collaborate to offer the fifth Pacific Island Community Adaptive Co-management (PICCC) course. The course will be offered over three phases in 2015, in Suva, Fiji.

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CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat Established; Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative12 November 2014: The Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) entered into force on 30 November 2014, as agreed by the CTI-CFF's six member countries at the 10th CTI-CFF Senior Officials meeting. Widi Agoes Pratikto, Indonesia, has been appointed the permanent Regional Secretariat's Executive Director.

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Republic of Korea Outlines Actions to Address IUU Fishing in NPOA [viewed]

korea-flagAugust 2014: The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has submitted the third review of its National Plan of Action (NPOA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection [viewed]

UNESCO IOC21 November 2014: The Second International Ocean Research Conference has concluded with over 600 scientists from 70 countries calling for improved ocean protection and recommending an inclusive concept of ocean research to address challenges such as over-exploitation of marine resources and biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, and harmful algae blooms.

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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