Marine & Coastal

IUCN Urges Measures to Reverse the Loss of Seabirds [viewed]

9 March 2012: A new assessment by BirdLife International, a partner of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, finds that the status of the world's seabirds is declining.

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FAO, CITES Workshop Reviews Effectiveness of Regulatory Shark Measures [viewed]

7 March 2012: The report of an international workshop to “Review the Application and Effectiveness of International Regulatory Measures for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Elasmobranchs,” organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Convention on International Trade of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was been released.

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Estonia Designates 17th Ramsar Site [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated its 17th Wetland of International Importance. Haapsalu-Noarootsi, a wetland complex situated along the Baltic Sea, is located on the northwestern coast of the country.

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Event: Fifth Oceania Regional Preparatory Meeting for Ramsar COP 11 [viewed]

The Fifth Oceania Regional preparatory meeting for the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) will be hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The meeting will review the current implementation of the Convention and introduce the COP 11 Draft Resolutions. Ramsar COP 11 will take place from 6-13 July 2012, in Bucharest, Romania.  

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GEF Publishes Review of Water, Environment and Sustainable Livelihood Projects [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet highlighting its operations related to the management of transboundary freshwater basins and aquifers, titled “Contributing to Global Security: GEF Action on Water, Environment and Sustainable Livelihoods.”

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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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