Marine Newsletter #6 – April 2010

Highlights from the Marine Programme at GRID-Arendal for April 2010:

1. Featured Project

Deep Sea Minerals
GRID-Arendal is preparing to contribute to SOPAC’s (Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission) large EU funded project on marine mining - Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region: Legal Framework and Resource Management.

Initially our role will be to produce a regional Pacific Islands deep sea minerals assessment. Key themes to be addressed include: 1) a synthesis of scientific knowledge pertaining to the geology of deep sea marine minerals, 2) an examination of potential adverse environmental impacts of improperly regulated development and 3) an examination of the socio-economic benefits and consequences of marine mineral resource development.

For more information, please contact Elaine Baker

2. Events

Recent events
Seminars/meetings/conferences related to the marine environment where representatives from GRID-Arendal have participated:

  • First Steering Committee Meeting of the GEF project “Development of Methodologies for GEF Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme” (TWAP),   Nairobi, Kenya, 13-14 April.
  • Discussions with colleagues at the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Branch of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, Nairobi, Kenya, 12-16 April.
  • Study tour of the Wadden Sea National Park Schleswig-Holstein, 16-20 April – organised by GRID-Arendal, as part of its Linking Tourism & Conservation project in conjunction with the International Year of Biodiversity.
  • Meeting with Peter Harris (Geoscience Australia) and Richard Kenchington (recently consultant to UNEP), Canberra, Australia, 19 April – discussing the progress in production of the GEOHAB (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) benthic habitat Atlas  and following up on discussions held at UNEP HQ over the past weeks relating to GRID-Arendal’s contribution to the UNEP Programme of Work.
  • Meeting with Australian NGO “Wetland Care”, Sydney, Australia, 20 April – dialogue about their new Blue Carbon Programme and how their initiative aligns with initiatives emerging at the global level. This information will be fed back to the round table discussions that will take place on this subject during the 5th Global Oceans Conference in Paris 3-7 May.

Upcoming events

  • 28-29 April

Cambridge, UK: Meeting with colleagues at UNEP WCMC to discuss marine data and information issues as well initial concept linking Green Economy and marine themes.
For more information, please contact Yannick Beaudoin

  • 1-3 May

Wellington, New Zealand: The Circum Pacific Council board meeting. UNEP/GRID Arendal will present a number of projects including the University of the Sea and the Pacific marine mining project.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker

  • 3-7 May

Wellington, New Zealand: The annual GEOHAB (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) conference. UNEP/GRID Arendal is co-hosting a special conference session with Geosciences Australia, entitled GEOHAB Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker

  • 3-7 May

Paris, France: The 5th Global Oceans Conference. The three major and interlinked conference themes are: Ensuring Survival, Preserving Life, and Improving Governance. The 5th global oceans conference will be hosted by the government of France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic commission, UNESCO.
For more information, please contact Emily Corcoran

3. Other

Great opportunity: MPhil in Conservation Leadership at Cambridge University
Our collaboration partner UNEP-WCMC announces four UNEP-WCMC Chevening MPhil Scholarships in Conservation Leadership beginning in October 2010. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to spend a year at the Cambridge-based Centre, whilst undertaking the MPhil. Applications will be considered from candidates from any country other than those in the European Union (except for the 2004 Accession States), North America and Canada. Priority will be given to candidates from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

NB: Application deadline is 30 April. For more info and application guidelines, see:

Did you know that…
…currently, just 0.8% of the ocean is under protection? By contrast, around 12% of the world’s land area is already protected.
…almost all of the world’s MPAs currently occur within areas under national jurisdiction (typically from the coast out to 200 miles)? The ocean area beyond this, the 64% of the ocean called the high seas, remains virtually unprotected.
Source: Mission Blue:

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Friday 23 Apr 2010