Marine & Coastal

International Coral Reef Symposium Adopts Consensus Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

12th International Coral Reef Symposium13 July 2012: The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012) aimed to enhance knowledge of coral reef science, management and conservation, and resulted in a Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs.

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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FAO, OSPESCA Promote Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in SICA [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Organization of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA), supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), held a workshop to launch the process of promoting the ecosystem approach to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production in the Central American Integration System (SICA) countries of Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Event: 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.  

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31) [viewed]

This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.  

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Event: Ramsar COP 12 [viewed]

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.  

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Ramsar COP 11 Renews IUCN as Secretariat Host [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) was held from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania, under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” The main debate during COP 11 was over the institutional hosting of the Secretariat, and after intense negotiations the COP decided to renew confidence in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as host. 

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COFI 30 Builds on Rio+20 Momentum [viewed]

13 July 2012: Participants at the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI 30) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place one month after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noted that Rio+20's momentum could be used to address pressing concerns, such as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, the management of shark fisheries and shark by-catch, the impacts of proliferating ecolabels, and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.

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UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO11 July 2012: At its 24th session, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added 20 new sites, including two transboundary sites, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries.

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Event: 27th International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting and International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 [viewed]

The ICRI General Meeting will focus on the theme of Management Effectiveness: assessing the effectiveness of management actions in protected areas, looking at the extent to which management goal and objectives are being met.  

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