Marine & Coastal

Equator Initiative Announces 2012 Prize Winners [viewed]

UNDP23 March 2012:  The Equator Initiative announced the 25 local community groups that will receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The prize recipients will be recognized during a high-level event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum [viewed]

The 43rd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF 43) will take place from 27-31 August 2012. The meeting will be preceded by a Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders' Meeting and Pacific African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Leaders' Meeting. PIF 43 will include a Formal Session, Leaders' Retreat, and post-Forum Dialogue Partners' Plenary Session. Also at this meeting the world's largest marine park, announced by the Cook Islands in December 2011, will be launched.  

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ICP 13 Discusses Marine Renewable Energies [viewed]

1 June 2012: The 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process, or ICP 13) brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to examine this year's topic, marine renewable energies (MREs).

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OAS Hosts Conference on Environmental Port Management [viewed]

OAS24 May 2012: Specialists from across the Americas met to discuss environmental issues involved with port management and development, and to advance a hemispheric agenda for the sustainable management of ports.

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CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs [viewed]

1 June 2012: Forty negotiators from CARIFORUM countries, which include Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, took part in a training workshop to better represent their national and regional interests in negotiations involving multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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UNDP Announces Accomplishments in India Biosphere Reserve [viewed]

UNDP31 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Tamil Nadu have reported on results of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), which receives financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Inter-regional Workshop Addresses Whale Migration and Habitats [viewed]

UNEP28 May 2012: At an inter-regional workshop coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS), participants analyzed the migration routes of large whales, their critical habitats and the threats from humans, and discussed priorities for action.

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Viet Nam Designates National Park as Fourth Ramsar Site, 2000th Worldwide [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Viet Nam has designated Tram Chim National Park as its fourth Ramsar site.

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Eye on Earth Newsletter Highlights Summit Declaration, Eight Special Initiatives [viewed]

May 2012: The sixth issue of "View," the Eye on Earth (EoE) Newsletter, highlights: the EoE Summit Declaration that will provide input to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); the eight special initiatives adopted at the EoE Summit; and contributions on green accounting. 

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SPREP Announces Winners of 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Award [viewed]

SPREP29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the winners of the 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Awards, which focused on the theme “Dugongs and Sea Grasses: Respect and Protect.”

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