Marine & Coastal

SPREP, IMO Convene Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas [viewed]

SPREP30 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Australia's Maritime Safety Authority, convened a workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). The meeting aimed to assist in increasing protection of marine environments by building the capacity of Pacific Island nation representatives from the maritime and environment sectors to develop proposals for PSSAs.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Community Conservation in Guam [viewed]

30 August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: a marine protected areas (MPA) management meeting in Hawaii; the establishment of a coral reef monitoring programme in Guam; and the launch of a climate change canoe voyage.

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EU, Norway Harmonize Control Measures for Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

29 August 2012: The EU and Norway have agreed to work together to harmonize technical and control measures for their fisheries in order to ensure fish stock sustainability, according to a European Commission (EC) press release. The rules ban discarding fish, requiring all catches in certain species to be landed.

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CMS Bulletin Highlights Forthcoming Cetacean and Sharks Meetings [viewed]

July/August 2012: The latest issue of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Bulletin highlights: forthcoming meetings of the Sharks and Cetaceans Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), Romania's actions to avoid construction of wind turbines in Great Bustard habitat, and news on the conservation of argali.

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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France Designates Low-lying Island in Mozambique Channel as Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, a low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters.

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Marshall Islands Designates Namdrik Atoll as Ramsar Site [viewed]

24 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated Namdrik Atoll as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Argentina Designates 21st Ramsar Site [viewed]

22 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Argentina has designated the Humedales de Península Valdés as its 21st Wetland of International Importance.

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Grenada Becomes Third Co-Chair of GLISPA [viewed]

21 August 2012: Prime Minister Tillman Thomas of Grenada has been tapped to be the third co-chair of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). Thomas will join two other co-chairs, James Michel (Seychelles) and Johnson Toribiong (Palau). Thomas will be represented at UN Headquarters in New York, US and in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) by Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN.

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