Marine & Coastal

CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization [viewed]

COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Discusses Integrated Implementation [viewed]

18 October 2012: On its final day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened to discuss the way towards integrated implementation of the Rio Conventions. 

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS 7) expects to set priorities for the implementation of the Agreement in the coming intersessional period, and to adopt, among others, draft resolutions on the Conservation Plan for the Harbour Porpoise Population in the Western Baltic, the Inner Danish Waters and the Kattegat, and on Impacts of Chemical Pollution on Small Cetaceans.  

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UN Commemorates World Food Day, Launches Report on Avoiding Famines [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN celebrated World Food Day on 16 October under the theme of “Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” drawing inspiration from the observance of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.

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Philippines Designates Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as Ramsar Site [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Philippines has designated Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as its fifth Wetland of International Importance.

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Kazakhstan Designates Lesser Aral Sea and Delta as 10th Ramsar Site [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kazakhstan has designated the Lesser Aral Sea and Delta of the Syrdarya River as its 10th Wetland of International Importance. 

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CBD Report Highlights Potential Benefits of Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has published a report on marine spatial planning. The report, published as CBD Technical Series No. 68, was written in response to a request by the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10) Decision X/29.

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Kenya Designates Tana River Delta as Ramsar Site [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kenya has designated the Tana River Delta as a Wetland of International Importance.

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SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

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TNC, UNEP-WCMC Release Policy Brief on Assessing MPAs [viewed]

The Nature Conservancy - UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre Policy Brief9 October 2012: In a policy brief released at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) call attention to the need to improve definitions of protection, and reassess how to measure progress towards effective conservation, in the context of Aichi Target 11 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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