Marine & Coastal

Ramsar, JICA Strengthen Their Cooperation [viewed]

12 July 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention, to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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CRFM Scientific Meeting Assesses State of Caribbean Fisheries [viewed]

30 June 2012: The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism's (CRFM) scientific body evaluated major fisheries in the region to determine whether natural fish populations remain healthy and where fisheries management controls are necessary.

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Caribbean Ministers Adopt Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Agenda [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Ministerial Council overseeing the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) agreed to sharpen the focus of CRFM to improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture in the region.

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Draft UNDP/UNFPA Programme for PICTs Addresses Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) released a draft sub-regional programme document for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for 2013 to 2017. The programme includes support for accelerated action toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and environmental management activities.

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FAO's World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Calls for Adopting Ecosystem Approach [viewed]

FAO9 July 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 edition of its flagship publication, "The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture." The report underscores fisheries' and aquaculture's contribution to global food security and economic growth, but warns that they are threatened by poor governance, weak fisheries management regimes, conflicts over the use of natural resources, and the persistent use of poor fishery and aquaculture practices.

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IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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World Bank Supports Integrated Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation in Morocco [viewed]

5 July 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$5.2 million pilot project to apply integrated coastal zone management in the coasts of Morocco through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.

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CROP Receives New Support for Regional Projects [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Council of the Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) has received a donation of US$500,000 from the Taiwan/ROC Regional Development Assistance Fund for 2011/2012, for the support and implementation of CROP agencies' regional projects. These projects address education and capacity building, regional aviation safety, fisheries, marine and water management, and the Smaller Island States (SIS) programmes.

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Ramsar COP 11 Opens with Focus on Tourism [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) opened on 6 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, and will continue until 13 July on the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination” to highlight the tourism and recreation opportunities provided by wetlands.

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CTI Paper Outlines Strategic Links With Rio+20 Themes [viewed]

4 July 2012: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has produced a white paper arguing that strategies to achieve CTI objectives also have been effective in achieving commitments from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and now offer an opportunity to deliver on new emerging priorities from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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