Marine & Coastal

European Commission Identifies Third Countries Not Compliant with IUU Fishing Regulation [viewed]

15 November 2012: In a "Question and Answers" memo on illegal fishing, the European Commission discusses its decision to warn eight third countries of the risk of being identified as non-cooperative. 

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EEA Report Assess EU Surface Waters, Progress Toward "Good" Status [viewed]

EEA14 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report assessing the status of European waters in the context of the target set by the EU's Water Framework Directive (WFD) to improve European waters to a “good” ecological status by 2015. According to the report, only 52% of waters are likely to achieve this goal.

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UNEP Reports to CPR on Ecosystems Management [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP's activities related to ecosystems management, among other activities.

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IOC Executive Director Discusses Rio+20, EBSAs at MarCuba [viewed]

5 November 2012: Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), discussed key issues in marine and coastal sciences within the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during a keynote speech at the IX Marine Science Congress (MarCuba 2012) in Havana, Cuba. 

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UNEP Publishes Book on Water and Land Management in the Tana Basin [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a book, titled “Securing Water and Land in the Tana Basin: A Resource Book for Water Managers and Practitioners” providing an overview of the Tana Basin in Kenya and discussing practical solutions to improve land and water security.

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UN Rapporteur on Right to Food Calls for End to "Ocean Grabbing" [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a report for presentation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), calling for Member States to strengthen rules on access to their waters and for greater consideration of local small-scale fisheries. The report, titled "Fisheries and the Right to Food," highlights the challenges facing global fisheries, and presents a series of recommendations to improve the situation.

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GWF Paper Highlights the Indigenous and Cultural Politics of Transboundary Water Governance [viewed]

Global Water Forum6 November 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Water Forum (GWF) has released a discussion paper on rescaling transboundary environmental governance by and for indigenous communities. The paper presents the case of the Coast Salish Aboriginal Council.

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London Convention Parties Express Concern over Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

IMO2 November 2012: The 34th Consultative Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention), and to its 1996 Protocol (London Protocol), concluded with the release of an unanimous statement of concern regarding a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada.

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UNDP Adaptation Bulletin Showcases Initiatives in Armenia and Albania [viewed]

November 2012: The October issue of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) quarterly Adaptation Bulletin features articles on: supporting climate change adaptation in Armenia and Albania; and training Asian government officials to internalize the economics of adaptation into national investment and planning decisions. 

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Western Indian Ocean States Commit to Resource Mobilization for WIO-CC [viewed]

28 October 2012: Participants in the second technical workshop of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) adopted a declaration committing to fulfill the WIO-CC, including by addressing the need for a resource mobilization and sustainable finance strategy that includes private sector engagement. Representatives from Comoros, France (Réunion), Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania (Zanzibar) attended the workshop, held from 22-26 October 2012, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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