Marine & Coastal

CITES Scientific Committees Meet in Tandem [viewed]

CITES30 March 2012: For the first time in several years, the scientific committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in tandem.

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Oceania Wetlands Meeting Highlights Palau Green Fee [viewed]

27 March 2012: The success of the Palau Green Fee, an added departure tax, was discussed at the fifth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention).

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UNDP/SPC Introduces GIS Mapping for Land and Forest in Solomon Islands [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South Pacific Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Division of the South Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, plan to introduce a remote sensing mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) to map land and forest cover in the Solomon Islands.

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SPREP Workshop Reviews Regional Marine Species Action Plans [viewed]

22 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted a workshop in Nadi, Fiji, for regional experts to review the species action plans of its 2008 – 2012 Regional Marine Species Programme.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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UNEP Executive Director Addresses German Parliament on Rio+20 [viewed]

UNEP21 March 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner delivered a statement to the German Parliament (Bundestag) titled "Pathways to Sustainable Development" in the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Ramsar-backed Project for the Management of Indian Lake Chilika Concludes [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported on the successful conclusion of a project that aimed to develop a framework for an integrated management plan of Lake Chilika, the largest coastal lagoon on the east coast of India in the state of Orissa. The Lake is a designated Ramsar site since 1981.

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CITES Animal Committee Focuses on Aquatic Species [viewed]

CITES21 March 2012: The 26th meeting of the Animals Committee (AC 26) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) moved from Geneva, Switzerland, to continue its work in Dublin, Ireland, where the Committee will convene together with the CITES Plants Committee (PC).

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