Marine & Coastal

IW:LEARN, UNECA Workshop Discusses GEF International Waters Projects in Africa [viewed]

16 November 2012: A workshop organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (IW:LEARN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently discussed GEF International Waters (IW) projects in Africa.

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43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program with Biodiversity Projects/Programs [viewed]

GEF15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

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UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves.” The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.

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Event: CBD North Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop on, among other issues, describing EBSAs and reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system and other quality-controlled sources.  

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EC Launches Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Waters [viewed]

15 November 2012: The European Commission has released "A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” designed to improve responses to water quality challenges. The Blueprint aims in particular to address lagging achievement towards the Water Framework Directive (WFD) target for reaching “good” ecological status in European waters by 2015.

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European Commission Identifies Third Countries Not Compliant with IUU Fishing Regulation [viewed]

15 November 2012: In a "Question and Answers" memo on illegal fishing, the European Commission discusses its decision to warn eight third countries of the risk of being identified as non-cooperative. 

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EEA Report Assess EU Surface Waters, Progress Toward "Good" Status [viewed]

EEA14 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report assessing the status of European waters in the context of the target set by the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD) to improve European waters to a “good” ecological status by 2015. According to the report, only 52% of waters are likely to achieve this goal.

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UNEP Reports to CPR on Ecosystems Management [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP's activities related to ecosystems management, among other activities.

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IOC Executive Director Discusses Rio+20, EBSAs at MarCuba [viewed]

5 November 2012: Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), discussed key issues in marine and coastal sciences within the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during a keynote speech at the IX Marine Science Congress (MarCuba 2012) in Havana, Cuba. 

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UNEP Publishes Book on Water and Land Management in the Tana Basin [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a book, titled “Securing Water and Land in the Tana Basin: A Resource Book for Water Managers and Practitioners” providing an overview of the Tana Basin in Kenya and discussing practical solutions to improve land and water security.

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