Marine & Coastal

Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific [viewed]

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). This meeting is co-organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP).  

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FAO Supports Identification of Deep-Sea Species [viewed]

FAO28 May 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the first in a series of guides meant to assist with the identification and reporting of deep-sea by-catch, especially in regard to sharks, rays, skates, chimaeras and cold water corals. The first manual in the series focuses on cartilaginous species in the Indian Ocean. 

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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World Fish Migration Day Highlights Imperiled Migrations [viewed]

World Fish Migration Day24 May 2014: On World Fish Migration Day, a coalition of non-governmental organizations and local groups came together to celebrate events under the theme 'Connecting Fish, Rivers and People,' and raise awareness on conserving freshwater migratory fish and free flowing rivers.

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SPREP Supports Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa [viewed]

SPREP23 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has undertaken initiatives to promote Natural Solutions for Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa. In Kiribati, SPREP has implemented Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) activities, such as planting natural vegetation, monitoring key sites, and controlling erosion with natural materials.

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International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrates Island Diversity [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201422 May 2014: The International Day for Biological Diversity was celebrated globally on 22 May under the theme 'Island Diversity,' a theme that paid tribute to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole Provides Update on its Assessment of the Marine Environment [viewed]

United Nations22 April 2014: The Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process), has submitted a report on its work to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The report includes recommendations for the 69th Session of the UNGA, guidance for the preparation of the first global integrated marine assessment and an outline of the assessment.

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Event: 24th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS [viewed]

The 24th Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will consider: the report of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, its budget report and draft budget proposals for 2015-2016; information reported by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority; information related to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; and the report of the Secretary-General on issues of a general nature that have arisen with respect to UNCLOS, among other issues.  

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UN Watercourses Convention to Enter into Force Following 35th Ratification [viewed]

UN Treaty Collection19 May 2014: The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UN Watercourses Convention) will enter into force in August 2014. Viet Nam became the 35th country to accede to the Convention, in accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, which states that entry into force will occur on the 90th day following the deposit for the 35th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

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AfDB Meeting Participants Call for Maximizing Blue Economy [viewed]

AfDB20 May 2014: Participants discussed the role of building infrastructure and capacity in maximizing the blue economy during a session titled ‘Maximizing Africa's Blue Economies' at the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2014 Annual Meeting. Participants also discussed challenges such as climate change, sustainable supply changes, over-fishing and toxic waste within the context of the blue economy.

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