Marine & Coastal

European Commissioner Outlines Commission's Key Targets for Oceans at Rio+20 [viewed]

6 March 2012: European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki has outlined the European Commission's objectives on Oceans and Coasts for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). She called in particular for “green investments for a blue world.”

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SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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IMO MEPC Adopts Energy Efficiency Guidelines [viewed]

IMO2 March 2012: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a series of guidelines to support the uniform implementation of mandatory measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from international shipping.

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UNDOALOS Calls for Experts to Participate in the Regular Process [viewed]

1 March 2012: The UN Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) has issued a call for experts to participate in the UN Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (the Regular Process).

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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Event: Near East and North Africa Regional Consultation Workshop on the Development of Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries [viewed]

The objectives of the workshop, which is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are to support the Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) development process by providing inputs and advice, both with regard to good policies and practices in the North Africa and Middle East region, and in respect to overall principles and contents; and to start addressing implementation issues.  

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Event: Ninth Session of the Compliance Committee of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission [viewed]

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) is an intergovernmental organization established under the Constitution of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It is mandated to manage tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean and adjacent seas. At its ninth meeting, the Compliance Committee will: perform an overview of the implementation of the IOTC conservation measures; review national reports on the progress of implementation of management measures; review country-based compliance reports; and review issues related to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  

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Event: 20th Session of the Fishery Committee for the East and Central Atlantic [viewed]

This session of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF) is scheduled to, among other agenda items: take action on the recommendations of its 19th session; discuss the main outcomes of the sixth session of the Scientific Sub-Committee; and carry out a performance review of CECAF.  

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FAO Paper Examines MPA Governance in Brazil, Palau, India and Senegal [viewed]

FAO2 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a technical paper featuring case studies from Brazil, India, Palau and Senegal. The paper is intended to ground the FAO Technical Guidelines on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Fisheries in practical experience and to inform the use of MPAs globally.

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IUCN Proposes "Balanced Harvesting" Approach for Managing Fisheries Sustainably [viewed]

1 March 2012: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) study published in the journal Science highlights a new approach, called "balanced harvesting," that seeks to change the way fisheries are managed by targeting all edible components of the marine environment in proportion to their productivity.

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