Marine & Coastal

UNESCO IOC and GBIF Partner to Improve Marine Biodiversity Data [viewed]

unesco-gbif13 October 2014: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will work jointly to improve the amount and quality of data available on ocean biodiversity. The organizations have signed a letter of agreement recognizing the IOC as a GIBF affiliate.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Collaborating On Mesoamerican Reef Project [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided an update on its ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project, which is using a holistic approach to address threats to the Mesoamerican reef. The regional, cross-border project promotes reef conservation in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Synthesis of Ocean Acidification Research [viewed]

CBD8 October 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has compiled recent research on ocean acidification into its Technical Series No. 75, titled 'An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity.' The report synthesizes the best available knowledge on acidification, explaining that while the globe has experienced acidification before, the changes happening today are occurring faster than at any time in at least the last 66 million years.

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UNEP, IUCN, GEF Supporting Establishment of MPAs in Lebanon [viewed]

unep-gef-iucn8 October 2014: Lebanon's Ministry of Environment (MoE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA) are collaborating on the 'Marine and Coastal Biodiversity' project, which aims to establish two marine protected areas (MPAs) in Lebanon. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is financing the project.

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Six Asia-Pacific Countries, FAO Meet to Develop Blue Growth Initiative [viewed]

FAO2 October 2014: Representatives from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to develop a FAO regional initiative on blue growth at a two-day inception workshop. The blue growth initiative aims to intensify aquaculture production in a sustainable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner.

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IWC and SPREP Partner on Whale Conservation [viewed]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1 October 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) agreed on a partnership on whale conservation and welfare in the Pacific region at a ‘Year of the Whale' side event that took place at the margins of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Majuro, the Marshall Islands.

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UNESCO Project to Create South American Island Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCOOctober 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Programme is launching a three-year project to create and manage coastal biosphere reserves in areas and islands off the west coast of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. The Flemish Government of Belgium is providing financial support for the project.

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets [viewed]

RSCAPs-Representatives1 October 2014: Participants agreed on a "visioning roadmap" for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year road map addresses: the extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution.

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

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