Marine & Coastal

GLISPA Releases Update on Commitments and Emerging Policies [viewed]

GLIPSA20 September 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on its activities, titled “GLISPA Project Update, No.2.” The update includes information on GLISPA events, commitments and emerging opportunities, priorities, and governance and coordination.

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SPREP Releases Annual Meeting Outcomes [viewed]

SPREP20 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has highlighted the key outcomes of its 23rd Annual Meeting, which convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 30 August-8 September 2012. The meeting addressed four key areas: ocean conservation and management; renewable energy; financing for biodiversity and climate change; and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: World Ocean Council “Sustainable Ocean Summit” [viewed]

The World Ocean Council's second Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) will be held in Washington D.C., US, to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges. The SOS brings together the wide range of industries involved in the use of marine space and resources, and will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; cargo issues, port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. The theme for the SOS 2013 is ‘Oceans 2050'.  

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World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Cook Islands and New Caledonia have announced the establishment of new marine parks. The Cook Islands Marine Park encompasses approximately 1.1 million square kilometers (km2) of the southern Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the largest single-country marine park. The Government of New Caledonia committed to establishing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering 1.4 million km2. 

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Nairobi Convention Focal Points Discuss Management of WIO Region [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: The Focal Points Forum Meeting of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region (Nairobi Convention) met in Maputo, Mozambique, on 9 August 2012. The meeting focused on implementation of the Nairobi Convention, and preparations for the Seventh Conference of the Parties (COP 7), scheduled to convene in December 2012.

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Event: Western Pacific Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The objective of this UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Orgnization (UNESCO) organized workshop is to strengthen and promote regional cooperation towards the Regular Process of the World Ocean Assessment, and build capacity of member countries in the development of integrated marine assessments.  

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopts Jeju Declaration, Elects New President [viewed]

15 September 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress elected Zhang Xinsheng of China as the new President of IUCN, during the Congress held in Jeju, Republic of Korea. Before closing, the 2012 Congress also approved the IUCN Programme for 2013-2016, adopted several other motions, and adopted the Jeju Declaration on "nature-based solutions."

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ASEAN and India Ministers Issue Statement Ahead of CBD COP 11 [viewed]

13 September 2012: Environment ministers from Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India held a meeting on 7 September 2012, in New Delhi, India, and adopted the "New Delhi ASEAN-India Ministerial Statement on Biodiversity." The statement has been circulated as an information document in preparation for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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Event: Summit on Island Innovations: Celebrating Bright Spots, Leadership and Successes in Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods [viewed]

This island summit will be held on the margins of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in close collaboration with Grenada, Palau and Seychelles as co-chairs of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and with financial support from Japan. The event will focus on implementation of the CBD programme of work on island biodiversity (PoWIB) and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and will provide a platform to mobilize support for further actions to promote the conservation and sustainable use of island biodiversity.  

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LMMA Network Gathers at World Conservation Congress [viewed]

10 September 2012: A workshop held on 10 September 2012, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, addressed cost-effective ways to tackle challenges in community marine conservation. The event was convened the sidelines of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, by the UN Environmental Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Blue Ventures, CORDIO and the Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) Network.

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