Marine & Coastal

St. Kitts and Nevis Joins UNESCO's MAB Programme [viewed]

UNESCO23 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis has become the first English Caribbean country to launch its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The MAB Programme is dedicated to the sustainable development and management of an area of significant biodiversity and cultural conservation, sustainable development capacity building and information sharing.

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International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

22 May 2012: Celebrated on 22 May 2012, the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity was marine biodiversity. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the day by highlighting the fragile state of the world's oceans, and urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.

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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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