Marine & Coastal

OWG 8 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGANovember 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued six briefs in preparation for the eighth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OWG 8 will convene from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US.

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Caribbean Fisheries Working Group Calls for Closing Season [viewed]

FAO21 November 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced that the Joint Working Group of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC), Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Organization for the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) on Spawning Aggregations recorded reduced numbers of fish, such as groupers and snappers, in many aggregations and the relatively smaller size of most remaining aggregations, due to overfishing. 

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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Parties' Submissions on Geo-Engineering-Related Measures [viewed]

CBD12 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to submit information on any measures they have undertaken to ensure that no climate-related geo-engineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, and to address the exception for small-scale scientific research studies contained in CBD Decision X/33, subparagraph 8(w) on geo-engineering.

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GBIF Announces New Citizen Science Platform for the Oceans [viewed]

GBIf13 November 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced a partnership with a citizen science platform called 'Diveboard,' allowing recreational divers to contribute records of species occurrences from the world's oceans, including inland water bodies. The data will help support marine biologists' research worldwide.

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Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Newsletter Focuses on Fisheries [viewed]

FAONovember 2013: Inviting participation in an e-consultation on the Governance of Tenure Technical Guide on Fisheries, the November 2013 Newsletter of the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative provides an update on the status of fisheries governance.

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FAO, GEF Project Approved to Enhance Tuna Management and Marine Conservation [viewed]

fao-gef5 November 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) that aims to improve the management of tuna fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity and ecosystems by reducing illegal catch. 

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International Congress on Marine Protected Areas Calls for Law of Sea Negotiations on Conservation [viewed]

impac27 October 2013: Participants at the Third International Congress on Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC3) discussed strategies to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Aichi Target 11 under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which calls for at least 10 per cent of all coastal and marine areas to be managed as conservation or protected areas by the year 2020.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Amendments to Regulate Marine Geoengineering [viewed]

IMO18 October 2013: The 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) and 8th meeting of Contracting Parties to the 1996 Protocol thereto (London Protocol) concluded with the adoption of amendments to the London Protocol addressing marine geoengineering.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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