Marine & Coastal

IUCN SSC E-Bulletin Spotlights Freshwater Species, Sharks in Coral Triangle [viewed]

September 2012: The September issue of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) "Species e-Bulletin" highlights a study on the decline of freshwater ecosystems in northern Africa, and other news.

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CBD Study Examines Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity [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), published a study on the impacts of marine debris on biodiversity, and suggesting strategies to address the challenge. The report focuses on four impact categories: entanglement and ingestion, including microplastics; dispersal via rafting; provision of new habitat; and ecosystem-level effects.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Shark Protection in FSM [viewed]

1 October 2012: The October 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, highlights the establishment of shark protected waters in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It also recognizes Palau as the winner of the 2012 Future Policy Award for its marine policies.

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Palau Wins Future Policy Award 2012 [viewed]

World Future Council26 September 2012: Palau has received the Future Policy Award 2012 in recognition of its 2003 Protected Areas Network Act and 2009 Shark Haven Act. Two Silver Awards recognized the Philippines, for its 2010 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, and Namibia, for its 2000 Marine Resources Act.

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OAS Seeks Projects on Marine Migratory Species and Priority Habitats [viewed]

25 September 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS), with support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking proposals for projects to support with small grants of up to US$20,000 that will enhance the conservation of shared marine migratory species and habitats of greatest concern in the Western Hemisphere. 

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Event: 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas [viewed]

The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, a network of nongovernmental organizations, donors and regional organizations working in nature conservation in the Pacific, organizes this conference every five years to set activities and strategies for the next five year period. This ninth conference's theme is "Natural Solutions: Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific."  

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NAFO Strengthens Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 34th Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) took place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 17-21 September 2012. The meeting set total allowable catches (TACs) for cod, redfish, white hake, thorny skates and shrimp, and took decisions to strengthen protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs).

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Event: CBD COP 11 High Level Segment [viewed]

As determined by the host of the meeting, the Minister of Environment & Forests of India, the high-level segment of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will focus on: implementation of the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011-2020; biodiversity for livelihoods and poverty reduction; coastal and marine biodiversity; and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.  

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Tunisia Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

21 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Tunisia has designated two wetlands of International Importance, Barrage Mlaabi and Complexe des zones humides des Chott el Guetayate et Sebkhet Dhreia et Oueds Akarit, Rekhama et Meleh.

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GLISPA Releases Update on Commitments and Emerging Policies [viewed]

GLIPSA20 September 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has released an update on its activities, titled “GLISPA Project Update, No.2.” The update includes information on GLISPA events, commitments and emerging opportunities, priorities, and governance and coordination.

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