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CBD
Meeting
#5406
News Headlines
#101946
2014-11-21

Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

News Headlines
#101906
2014-11-18

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

News Headlines
#101909
2014-11-18

Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota after UN court ruling

Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.

News Headlines
#101913
2014-11-18

Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water

TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.

News Headlines
#101888
2014-11-14

Extinction risk may be overrated but reefs still vulnerable

We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.

News Headlines
#101868
2014-11-13

Can't dump on Great Barrier Reef but you can next door

This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#101870
2014-11-13

The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer

Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.

News Headlines
#101833
2014-11-11

A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Experts warn of the jellification of the oceans.

Notification
#2259
2014-11-10
Action by
2014-12-22

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Indian Ocean region, 23 to 27 March 2015, and Training Session on EBSAs, 22 March 2015 – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84084 (2014-128)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-East Indian Ocean region; FAO; IMO; SACEP; BOBLME; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Notification
#2260
2014-11-10
Action by
2014-12-22

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, 20 to 25 April 2015, and Training Session on EBSAs, 19 April 2015 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84008 (2014-129)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-West Indian Ocean and adjacent gulf areas region; FAO; IMO; ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; PERSGA; ROPME; AGEDI; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Notification
#2261
2014-11-10
Action by
2015-02-15

Request for scientific information to support the objectives of the CBD regional workshops to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) in: (i) the North-East Indian Ocean region; and the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas region

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84009 (2014-130)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO; IMO; ISA; IOC-UNESCO; UNEP-WCMC; UNEP-ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; AGEDI; GOBI; PERSGA; ROPME; BOBLME; SACEP; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives

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News Headlines
#101785
2014-11-05

Small fish in a big pond: the plight of the lemon damsel fish

Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean

News Headlines
#101771
2014-11-04

UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales 'need legal protection'

The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such ‘marine megafauna’.

News Headlines
#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

News Headlines
#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

News Headlines
#101660
2014-10-28

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’

News Headlines
#101618
2014-10-24

Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

News Headlines
#101629
2014-10-24

Acid oceans: the risk from carbon emissions

Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions

News Headlines
#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101557
2014-10-21

Why we need to save the sharks

Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.

News Headlines
#101516
2014-10-20

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...

News Headlines
#101492
2014-10-17

Panama’s Coral Reefs Ringed with Threats

TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.

News Headlines
#101461
2014-10-16

Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans

The epaulette shark displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide in its environment after being exposed to carbon dioxide levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.

CBD
Meeting
#5417

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) High-level Meeting

16 - 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

Side Event
#3212
COP 12
2014-10-15

Managing coastal marine biodiversity in India: Can participatory approaches make a difference?

Protection of biodiversity in India has a long tradition with some remarkable success when it comes to terrestrial ecosystems. Similar efforts for marine areas along the coast proved to be much more difficult, mainly because of the enormous pressure on natural resources exerted by an ever increa ...

News Headlines
#101444
2014-10-15

Plenty more fish in the sea: preserving stocks in Madagascar

Projects where local fishers manage marine areas to ensure sustainability are being replicated across the Indian Ocean

Side Event
#3217
COP 12
2014-10-14

ACHIEVING AICHI TARGETS AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THE MARINE AND COASTAL PROGRAMME OF WEST AFRICA (PRCM)

This side event will showcase some progress in West Africa towards Aichi Targets achievement. Species and habitats have been facing increasing pressure in West Africa: Overexploitation, critical habitat destruction, pollution, urbanization, growing extractive industry, and uncontrolled tourism ...

Side Event
#3239
COP 12
2014-10-13

Partners Roundtable on Achieving the Aichi Targets through Integrated Coastal Management

The Roundtable with Donors and Partners will feature the joint initiative of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the Partnership for Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia in supporting efforts in South East and East Asia to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity targets through integrated ...

Side Event
#3343
COP 12
2014-10-13

Unveiling the implementation toolbox: support tools and methodologies to achieve objectives of the CBD

This group of global NGOs will jointly showcase the wealth of instrumental material they have been long developing to contribute on the implementation of the CBD. A variety of valuable policy support tools and methodologies have been developed by the CBD, its Parties and its partners, to help i ...

Side Event
#3110
COP 12
2014-10-10

MANAGING CORAL REEFS FOR RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE - PROGRESS MADE AND KEY PRIORITIES TOWARDS MEETING AICHI TARGET 10

The event will share information on coral reef planning and management approaches that safeguard or enhance coral reef resilience to increasing threats from climate change. Through presentations and panel discussion the event will review experiences and progress made, and discuss further actions ...

Side Event
#3141
COP 12
2014-10-10

The importance of protecting coastal environment gradients ~How can we attain marine Aichi targets ~

The Japanese NGOs in marine fields(Marine and Coastal Biodiversity network-Japan, Nakatsu Waterfront Conservation Association, Kaimin Network, NPO Omotehama network, and Nature Conservation Society of Japan) would like to hold a side event for information exchange of status of coastal areas of J ...

Side Event
#3177
COP 12
2014-10-10

MARINE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE IN CORAL REEF AND ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS

This side event will highlight the efforts of the GEF partnership to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef and associated ecosystems and the achievement of the related Aichi Targets and provide an overview of programming opportunities within the GEF-6 biodiversity stra ...

Side Event
#3267
COP 12
2014-10-10

Impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity

This event will review and consolidate on the experiences, tools and guidance on addressing the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity, and provide inputs to the forthcoming CBD Expert Workshop on this issue in December 2014.

News Headlines
#101365
2014-10-10

Carbon Emissions Are Bringing Ocean Acidity To Catastrophic Levels

Most scientists whose heads aren't firmly wedged inside the Koch brothers' rear ends have ascertained that human-sourced carbon emissions are contributing to a dangerous warming of our planet, one that pretty much spells out the end of Earth as we know it unless world leaders do something about ...

News Headlines
#101378
2014-10-10

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

ATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its ...

News Headlines
#101380
2014-10-10

Great Barrier Reef: 'a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong'

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral

Side Event
#3197
COP 12
2014-10-09

Yellow Sea Ecoregion – The strategic collaboration for its biodiversity

The event links to the Aichi CBD Target 11. The YSESP on-the-ground activities were implemented in Muan Tidal Flat Wetland Protection Area, Korea and Yalu River Estuary Coastal Wetland Natural Reserve, China. Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and Community Based Management (CBM) approach were app ...

Side Event
#3233
COP 12
2014-10-09

Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems

This side event will highlight the importance of coral reefs and associated ecosystems (e.g., mangroves, seagrasses) for sustainable development and the need to enhance action towards Aichi Target 10. The main aspects of the Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reef ...

News Headlines
#101332
2014-10-09

Ocean acidification will cost global economy $1 trillion by 2100

Ocean acidification will cost the world economy more than $1 trillion annually by 2100, according to a U.N. report released this week. Changing the composition of the world's oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said.

News Headlines
#101333
2014-10-09

Scientists Report Ocean Acidification Causes $1 Trillion Damage

Carbon dioxide emissions are dissolving in the ocean, making it more acidic and causing nearly $1 trillion worth of damage, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#101334
2014-10-09

Worsening ocean acidification threatens humans and marine life, UK scientists warn

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are altering the pH levels of the ocean, with dramatic consequences for the marine environment and the people who depend on it, a group of British scientists has said.

News Headlines
#101335
2014-10-09

Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars

Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.

News Headlines
#101339
2014-10-09

Les océans s'acidifient à la vitesse grand V: «une catastrophe en cours»

Les océans du monde seront trop acides pour une grande partie de la vie marine d'ici la fin du siècle et les eaux canadiennes seront particulièrement touchées par le phénomène.

News Headlines
#101348
2014-10-09

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

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