Marine & Coastal

SIDS Conference Continues Partnership Announcements, Discussing Energy, Oceans and Biodiversity [viewed]

sidsd4sep3 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continued plenary discussions, which featured statements and announcements of commitments and partnerships. Two multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues took place on: sustainable energy; and oceans, seas and biodiversity. Numerous side events took place through the day and into the evening, including several focused on renewable energy.

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Ecosystem Services of Caribbean Netherlands Valued at $122 Million Per Year [viewed]

Teeb26 August 2014: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for the Netherlands (TEEB-NL) programme has estimated the economic value of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Caribbean Netherlands at US$122 million per year, or about US$5,800 for each of the islands' residents. The study also offers policy tools to raise awareness, support decision-making, attract finance, undertake ecosystem damage assessments and facilitate spatial planning on the islands.

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is a global partnership that aims to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets on marine and coastal biodiversity. Among its objectives, the SOI works to develop partnerships among different stakeholders and sectors at global, regional and local scales. Its Global Partnership Meeting will take place from 3-4 October 2014.  

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Event: IOSEA SS7 [viewed]

The seventh Meeting of the Signatory States (SS7) to the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will address the IOSEA Conservation and Management Plan; illegal take and trade of marine turtles in the IOSEA Region; marine turtle genetic stocks of the Indo-Pacific; socio-economic and cultural implications of marine turtle use and conservation; and Indian Ocean fisheries-turtle Interactions. Participants will also review IOSEA's Technical Support and Capacity-Building Programme, including recommendations for its future direction, led by the IOSEA Advisory Committee.  

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SIDS Conference Discusses Climate Change, Resilience, Social Development, NCDs [viewed]

2sepsids2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners continued their general debate at the Third International Conference on SIDS on 2 September, in Apia, Samoa, addressing issues of debt restructuring, SIDS' resilience, waste management, climate change, sea-level rise and recovery from extreme weather events. Several SIDS speakers stressed that access to financing and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) require the attention of the international community, in the quest for sustainable development.

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UNEP, SPREP Open First Sub-regional Office [viewed]

unep-office-samoa2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened a sub-regional office for the Pacific, based in Apia, Samoa. The Host Country Agreement was signed by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, at the official opening of the office, on 2 September 2014.

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GEO SIDS Outlook Highlights Blue-Green Economy, Island Culture, Nature and Technology [viewed]

GEO-SIDS2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Outlook, on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report describes SIDS trends and outlooks, including challenges related to SIDS's isolation, remoteness and out-migration as well as climate change, natural disasters, water shortages and increasing food and fuel prices, among others.

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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