Marine & Coastal

Ramsar Releases Briefing Note on Wetland Restoration [viewed]

18 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released the fourth entry in the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel's (STRP) Briefing Notes series, titled “The benefits of wetland restoration.”

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TB eNews Highlights Recent Transboundary Conservation Initiatives [viewed]

May 2012: In its latest issue, the newsletter of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group (IUCN TBC SG) highlights: the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area, a transboundary bicycle expedition, and transboundary conservation in North America, Europe and Africa.

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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Event: Oceans of Potential Conference [viewed]

The “Oceans of Potential” conference is an initiative of Plymouth's marine science organizations and coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory. It will bring together stakeholders from a broad range of disciplines to discuss the opportunities offered by oceans, including renewable energy, carbon sequestration, human health, bioengineering and new approaches to food production. Keynote speakers will include: Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Executive Secretary Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); and Jacquie McGlade, Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). The conference will include a public debate on ‘Sustainable fisheries in a changing world'.  

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CBD Seeks Views on Guidelines for Considering Biodiversity in Marine and Coastal Assessments [viewed]

CBD11 May 2012: Following a recommendation by the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited governments and relevant organizations to submit their views on the draft voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) in marine and coastal areas.

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Islands Featured in Abstracts of SBSTTA Poster Session [viewed]

CBDMay 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the abstracts of posters presented during the 16th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the fourth meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 4). The theme of the poster session was "Oceans, Coasts, Islands: Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets."

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CMS, Ramsar Sign MoU to Refocus Collaboration [viewed]

14 May 2012: The Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the opening day of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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CAF to Help Ecuadorian Fishing Industry Adopt Ecosystem-Friendly Practices [viewed]

1 May 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has signed an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to prepare a technical-economic feasibility study on replacing fishing craft and gear with equipment more friendly to the marine ecosystem, including a financing scheme that would allow the Government of Ecuador to implement the strategy along the entire Ecuadorian coast.

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