Marine & Coastal

Global Oceans Commission Report Proposes 8 Actions [viewed]

global-ocean-commision23 June 2014: The Global Oceans Commission has released a report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,' which makes eight proposals for actions to restore and protect natural capital and services. The report highlights “the fundamental mismatch” between the value of the high seas to humanity and the current governance of the high seas, stressing the need for a global blueprint for action to move towards recovery and regeneration.

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GRID-Arendal Newsletter Highlights Digital Global Seafloor Geomorphic Features Map [viewed]

GRID ARENDALJune 2014: The June issue of the GRID-Arendal newsletter highlights the publication of the first digital global seafloor geomorphic features (GSFM) map and beach clean ups in Norway. The newsletter also features a dive against debris map from Project Aware and a list of upcoming events, among other features.

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Event: GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary Celebration [viewed]

GRID-Arendal will celebrate its 25th anniversary under the theme, ‘Cold regions – hot topics: Inputs from Arendal to the global finding of Sustainable Development Goals'. The celebration will include presentations by GRID-Arendal staff and guests, roundtable discussions and workshops.  

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CEPF, IUCN Will Provide US$9 Million for Pacific Biodiversity Projects [viewed]

iucn-cepf2 July 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for proposals for biodiversity projects in the Pacific. IUCN says it will provide a total of US$9 million to non-governmental organizations to work on projects in 20 biodiverse areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, covering a total of 1.5 million hectares.

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Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference [viewed]

iucn-sprep1 July 2014: The Pacific Mangroves Initiative has developed a mangroves declaration, which is expected to be signed by Environment Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The declaration is expected to emphasize mangroves as key coastal ecosystems that need conservation and to formalize regional cooperation on their conservation and sustainable use.

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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GEF/World Bank Support Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 June 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank, has provided US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) for the conservation, expansion and management of national protected area systems and other biodiverse areas across the Eastern Caribbean. The CBF is part of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), a regional effort that aims to protect 20% of marine ecosystems in participating countries by 2020.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

Hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert workshop aims to provide consolidated practical guidance and a toolkit for marine spatial planning. Aiming to respond to the request of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) for the development of a web-based information-sharing system linking existing information sources on marine spatial planning, the workshop will review submissions on scientific and technical information, case studies, tools and guidance, and relevant management plans related to marine spatial planning.  

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GCRMN, IUCN, UNEP Report Analyzes Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs [viewed]

UNEP-GCRMN-IUCN2 July 2014: Caribbean corals have declined more than 50% since the 1970s, according to ‘Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012.' The report identifies overfishing, pollution and tourism as the main threats to coral reefs and provides a series of recommendations to promote reef recovery and resilience.

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SBSTTA-18 Adopts Recommendations on Scientific Issues Related to Aichi Targets Implementation [viewed]

Chair-Hem-Pande28 June 2014: The 18th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addressed a series of items related to the scientific base required for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi biodiversity targets, including the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4), marine- and climate-related issues, and invasive alien species (IAS).

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