Marine & Coastal

UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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GLISPA Establishes Island Summit Working Group [viewed]

22 May 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has established a Working Group to plan for the Island Summit, to be held during the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Working Group is open to individuals, organizations and countries able to commit in-kind or financial resources to support the preparations and coordination of the Island Summit.

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Event: 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in Panama City, Panama from 11 June – 6 July 2012.  

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CaMPAM Supports Water-Based Tourism Workshop in Saint Lucia [viewed]

27 March 2012: The Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) has reported on a stakeholder workshop on water-based tourism at the St. Lucia Department of Fisheries. The workshop aimed to educate resource users on threats to marine resources and livelihood strategies in the country.

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Event: GEF Pacific Extended Constituency Workshop [viewed]

This workshop is open to one member of civil society from: Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. It is an opportunity for civil society organizations to interact with other colleagues and learn first hand about the Global Environment Facility (GEF) strategies and programs.  

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UNESCO-IOC Reports on Robotic Sensors, Awareness Raising Boat Race [viewed]

UNESCO IOC28 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that, during the transatlantic Krys Ocean Race from France to New York, US, a boat representing the Multi One Attitude Foundation deployed ocean robots to conduct ocean monitoring.

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IAEA to Open Center on Ocean Acidification [viewed]

16 June 2012: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the summer launch of its new Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at IAEA's Monaco Environmental Laboratories, aiming to facilitate action and communication on ocean acidification.

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Working Group on Regular Process Forwards Recommendations to UNGA [viewed]

June 2012: The report on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) has been released. The Group issued recommendations to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), including to adopt the outline for the first global integrated marine assessment of the Regular Process, as well as terms of reference and working methods for the Group of Experts of the Regular Process.

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UK Signs CMS Sharks Memorandum [viewed]

27 June 2012:  The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that the UK has signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Migratory Sharks. The Sharks MoU was adopted to help develop management measures to protect threatened shark species, such as basking, longfin mako and whale sharks.

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Japan Designates Nine New Ramsar Sites [viewed]

26 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Japan has designated nine new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing that Party's total number of Ramsar Sites to 46.

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