Marine & Coastal

PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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UNESCO Sub-Commission Calls for Creation of Ocean Observation Network for Indo-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO IOC30 April 2014: The 9th International Scientific Symposium of the Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted a Joint Directors' Statement in line with the meeting's theme, ‘A Healthy and Safe Ocean for Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.' Eighteen directors of marine research institutes signed the statement at a one-day open-ended Research Directors' Forum held during the symposium, which convened 45 representatives and experts from scientific, academic, and operational organizations to advance collaboration on marine observations in the region.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

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UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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WorldFish, FAO and Earth Observatory of Singapore Will Produce Roadmap for Future of Fish [viewed]

fao-worldfish28 April 2014: The Government of the Netherlands and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced their support for a partnership between the WorldFish Center and the Earth Observatory of Singapore. The two organizations will collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to produce a roadmap for the "Future of Fish."

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Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

waves23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UN Celebrates International Mother Earth Day 2014 [viewed]

international-mother-earth-day22 April 2014: The UN commemorated International Mother Earth Day 2014 with statements and events around the world. Mother Earth Day 2014 focused on green cities, with the aim of raising awareness on how collective action can transform cities and forge a sustainable future.

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