Marine & Coastal

CBD Report Highlights Potential Benefits of Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

September 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has published a report on marine spatial planning. The report, published as CBD Technical Series No. 68, was written in response to a request by the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 10) Decision X/29.

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Kenya Designates Tana River Delta as Ramsar Site [viewed]

12 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kenya has designated the Tana River Delta as a Wetland of International Importance.

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SPREP Trains Tongans in Mangrove Surveying Techniques [viewed]

SPREP12 October 2012: A survey by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has found the Vava'u Mangrove to be in generally good condition, based on use of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geographical Positioning Systems (GIS) and the Pacific Mangrove Monitoring Manual.

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TNC, UNEP-WCMC Release Policy Brief on Assessing MPAs [viewed]

The Nature Conservancy - UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre Policy Brief9 October 2012: In a policy brief released at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) call attention to the need to improve definitions of protection, and reassess how to measure progress towards effective conservation, in the context of Aichi Target 11 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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CBD Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Protected Areas [viewed]

Rio Conventions Pavilion at CBD COP 1110 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, continued on 10 October 2012, with participants discussing the theme “Natural Solutions: Protected Areas (PAs) Meeting Biodiversity Targets and Adapting to Global Change.”

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European Commissioner for Environment Calls for End to Marine Abuse [viewed]

EU9 October 2012: At the Fisheries (PECH) Committee meeting of the European Parliament, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, called for an end to abuse of the marine environment.

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EU Adopts Integrated Maritime Policy [viewed]

EU8 October 2012: At the Informal Ministerial meeting on EU Integrated Maritime Policy, held in Limassol, Cyprus, on 8 October 2012, European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission adopted the Limassol Declaration, an agenda for generating growth and jobs in marine and maritime sectors. 

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CO2 World Symposium Launches New Centre on Ocean Acidification, Prize for Ocean Health [viewed]

The shell pictured here is a victim of ocean acidification. Its normally-protective shell is so thin and fragile, it is transparent. © NOAA8 October 2012: The Third Symposium on "The Ocean in a High CO2 World" brought together experts and decision makers to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification, including socioeconomic consequences, and to consider management and policy implications. Participants reiterated that the primary means of protecting the oceans from acidification is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, calling for greater global concerted efforts.

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WorldFish Center Presents Lessons Learned for Small Fisheries [viewed]

8 October 2012: In the context of declining fisheries, and with a view to evaluating the success of large and small fisheries programmes in the Philippines, the WorldFish Center has produced a brief on lessons learned on small-scale fisheries from eight regional sites. The brief underscores the need for better clarification of management functions between administrative levels, through scaling up small-scale fisheries management and expanding institutional partnerships.

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