Marine & Coastal

Ramsar Releases Wetland Disease Manual [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 7, titled "Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Animal Disease in Wetlands."

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IUCN, UNESCO Launch iPhone App on Marine World Heritage Sites [viewed]

8 June 2012: In celebration of World Oceans Day, the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Centre of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new iPhone application (app), which aims to act as a window on marine world heritage sites.

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Event: Second Forum on EU Outermost Regions [viewed]

The EU will hold a forum to address major development issues in the EU Outermost Regions (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands) in light of the Europe 2020 Strategy to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Issues to be addressed include: oceans; agriculture modernization; environmental challenges; social challenges; and jobs, innovation and business competitiveness.  

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GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research [viewed]

June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that 13 ocean robots were deployed in equatorial waters near Kiribati to conduct ocean monitoring. The robots, automatic ocean sensors known as Argo floats, will enable scientists to monitor the ocean processes behind El Niño and La Niña events.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion to Address Cross-Cutting Themes at UNCSD [viewed]

June 2012: Occurring in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) from 13-24 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will focus on, inter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities (ILCs), ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, land, and financing for sustainable development.

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Botanic Gardens Launch Ecological Restoration Alliance [viewed]

21 May 2012: Responding to the Aichi Target that calls for restoring at least 15% of the world's damaged ecosystems by 2020, adopted in the framework of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), botanic gardens around the world have formed the Ecological Restoration Alliance, which plans to restore 100 damaged, degraded or destroyed ecosystems.

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Event: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands [viewed]

This UNCSD side event is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). The TEEB for Water and Wetlands aims to utilise the TEEB approach to generate a better understanding of the ecosystem service values of water and wetlands to encourage additional policy momentum and business commitment for their conservation, investment and wise use. Placing an economic value on ecosystem services raises awareness that water and wetland services are valuable and indispensible services that nature provides for free. This event will launch the TEEB Water and Wetlands initiative and seek input and engagement into the process.  

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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Ramsar Calls for Comments on Draft Culture and Wetlands Action Plan [viewed]

6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has issued a call for comments on the Draft Strategic Action Plan on culture and wetlands 2012-2016.

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