Marine & Coastal

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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FAO State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture Highlights Growing Fish Production and Consumption [viewed]

FAO19 May 2014: Fisheries and aquaculture are playing an increasing role in feeding the world and provide livelihoods for over 10% of the global population, according to the ‘State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2014.' However, the report, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), cautions that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to threaten marine ecosystems as well as local economies, food supplies and livelihoods.

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Event: ASCOBANS 21st Advisory Committee Meeting [viewed]

The 21st meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) will be held in Sweden.  

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World Coral Reef Conference Participants Sign Manado Communiqué [viewed]

wcrc-201417 May 2014: Representatives from 29 countries and 13 international organizations made a commitment to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in the Manado Communiqué, which was agreed upon at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014.

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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