Marine & Coastal

ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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UNFCCC Releases Workshop Summary on Ecosystems with High-carbon Reservoirs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) workshop on technical and scientific aspects of ecosystems with high-carbon reservoirs not covered by other agenda items under the Convention, held on 24–25 October 2013, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCO Launches Ocean Acidification Website [viewed]

Unesco1 April 2014: Ocean acidification impacts are occurring across the globe, from small islands to large continents and from the tropics to the poles, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO and its partners have launched a website that brings together information on ocean acidification, which is also described as the "other carbon dioxide problem."

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ICJ Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling Activities [viewed]

icj31 March 2014: The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's whaling research programme is “not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW)” in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin, humpback and minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. The ICJ ordered Japan to halt its whaling activities at a session in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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WECAFC Issues Recommendations on Grouper, Snapper and Queen Conch [viewed]

fao-wecafc31 March 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) adopted management recommendations on queen conch and spawning aggregations of grouper and snapper at its 15th biennial session. The Commission also adopted resolutions, the first in its 40-year existence.

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Arctic Council Releases 2013 Overview of Arctic Ocean Acidification [viewed]

Arctic Council28 March 2014: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), an Arctic Council Working Group, has released the 'Arctic Ocean Acidifcation 2013: An Overview,' which is written for the general public and educational purposes in high schools.

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ [viewed]

The seventh 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) is the first of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) to discuss the scope, parameters and feasibility of a possible new international instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The outcome of these meetings is expected to contribute to a decision to be taken at the sixty-nineth session of the UN General Assembly on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

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Experts Meet to Develop Action Plan for Pacific Loggerhead Turtle [viewed]

CMS27 March 2014: Fifteen experts convened to develop a Single Species Action Plan for the Pacific Loggerhead Turtle, agreeing that key threats to this species include bycatch in fisheries, entanglement and ingestion of marine debris. 

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GEF-UNDP Project Conserves Marine Biodiversity, Supports Sustainable Livelihoods in Malaysia [viewed]

GEF UNDP27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

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Abidjan Convention Adopts Decisions on Budget Increase and Blue Economy [viewed]

cop1126 March 2014: The 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention for the Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of West and Central and Southern African Region (Abidjan Convention) agreed to accelerate the Convention's implementation and ensure the sustainable management of marine resources through increased financial and technical support.

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