SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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Extinct Snail Re-discovered at UNESCO Site in Seychelles [viewed]

sif29 August 2014: The Aldabra banded snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), declared extinct in 2007, has been re-discovered at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.

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European Map of HNV Forests under Development [viewed]

foresteurope19 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a technical report on assessing High Nature Value (HNV) in forests. The report, titled 'Developing a Forest Naturalness Indicator for Europe,' is meant to support the ongoing identification of HNV forests in Europe and is expected to contribute to the production of an HNV regional map.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4) [viewed]

The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will meet from 23-26 September in Mikulov, Czech Republic, to decide on the strategic policy direction of the Convention for the next three years. COP 4 also serves as the Meeting of the Parties to its Protocols on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, Sustainable Forest Management, and Sustainable Tourism. Participants will include environment ministers and high-level representatives of the seven Parties to the Convention. Parties are expected to, inter alia, review and decide upon a number of implementing documents, issue declarations and statements, and ratify the Protocol on Sustainable Transport to the Convention.  

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UNESCO Report Illustrates Environmental Change in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

unesco.gentuniversity1 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) are experiencing among the earliest and most severe climate change impacts, according to a report published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Ghent, Belgium. The report combines a series of 21 case studies from the Caribbean with satellite images to document environmental change in coastlines, corals, estuaries, forests and mangroves.

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Youth Forum Seeks Opportunities in Sustainable Development [viewed]

Youth Forum SIDS28 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference Forum on youth, hosted by the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY), focused on identifying opportunities for young people from SIDS to engage proactively in opportunities relating to sustainable development. The forum shared successful, innovative partnerships and initiatives to determine how these could be replicated to address development challenges.

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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership [viewed]

samoa-unep29 August 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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APEC Ministers Call for Action on Blue Economy, Food Security, Marine Conservation and Disaster Resilience [viewed]

apec28 August 2014: In an outcome document agreed upon at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ocean and Fisheries Working Group, APEC Ministers called for establishing more integrated, sustainable, inclusive and mutually beneficial partnerships on ocean cooperation among APEC members. The ‘Xiamen Declaration: Towards New Partnership through Ocean Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region' outlines 47 actions on four priority areas: coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and disaster resilience; the role of the ocean on food security and food-related trade; marine science, technology and innovation; and the blue economy.

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Event: WOC Business Forum Workshop: 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures' [viewed]

In conjunction with the World Ocean Council (WOC) Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, WOC and the EU 'Ocean Certain' research project are organizing a workshop under the theme, 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures: How Will Changes to Ocean Properties and Processes Affect Ocean Business?'. Fifteen ocean industry representatives will gather to give input to the research project, engage in participatory mapping of the industry, construct a future scenario and learn how the 'Ocean Certain' project will move forward with the insights gained at the workshop. The objectives of the event are both to inform industry representatives of the changes in ocean properties, processes and systems and to hear industry members' views on how these changes will affect their business.  

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