Marine Newsletter #12 – November 2010

Highlights from the Marine Programme at GRID-Arendal for November 2010

1. Featured Project

UNEP Shelf Programme: First meeting of the Liaison Committee of the six West African coastal States
As a contribution to the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Sub-Regional Cooperation, and the Agreement on Technical and Financial Cooperation between the six West African coastal States and the Kingdom of Norway on the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, signed in New York on 21 September 2010, the UNEP Shelf Programme, represented by GRID-Arendal, has been invited to participate in the First meeting of the Liaison Committee of the six West African coastal States. The six West African coastal states are: The Republic of Cape Verde, the Republic of The Gambia, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, the Republic of Guinea, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and the Republic of Senegal.

The meeting, supported by the Kingdom of Norway, is hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cape Verde and held in Praia, Cape Verde from 29 November to 1st December 2010. The meeting provides a good opportunity to inform about the steps taken so far by the Norwegian side to implement the Agreements, as well as to engage in a dialogue amongst the six West African coastal States and the Norwegian cooperation partners on the modalities of the future work. Besides The UNEP Shelf Programme from GRID-Arendal the Norwegian cooperation support is represented by The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; The Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (NORAD); The Norwegian Mapping Authority and The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

2. Data and Products

Sick Water? report available as e-book on iBooks

The Rapid Response Assessment report Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development is now available as an e-book on iTunes via iBooks. This means it can be downloaded for use on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Download is free of charge. If you do not have iBooks, you can get it here. A description of the Sick Water? e-book can be found here.

(The report is also available as a pdf file and as an interactive e-book on GRID-Arendal's website.)

For more information, please contact Rob Barnes.

3. Events

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

  • IUCN/NRDC Workshop to Identify Ecologically Important and Vulnerable Marine Areas, San Diego, California, USA, 2-4 November.
  • Meeting with Ambassador H.W. Longva, Arendal, Norway, 8 November – discussing the Continental Shelf activities in West Africa.
  • International Symposium on Methane Gas Hydrates, Tokyo, Japan, 15-17 November.
  • UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates drafting session, Tokyo, Japan, 18-19 November.
  • First meeting of the Liaison Committee of the six West African coastal States, Praia, Cape Verde, 29 November - 1 December – presenting a progress report on the desktop study provided for in the Agreement on Technical and Financial Cooperation, discussing the planning of activities related to training and capacity building, as well as discussing the acquisition of additional data as recommended by the desktop study.

Upcoming events

1 December
Cancún, Mexico: MSV (Many Strong Voices) side event at the UNFCCC COP 16 – Voices from the South and North: Food Security and Human Rights in Small Island Developing States and the Arctic.
For more information, please contact John Crump.

4. Other

Did you know that…
...the sea otter had been made virtually extinct from British Columbia and most other parts of the North American West Coast by 1929 because of fur trade? In the 1960s and 1970s sea otters from Alaska were reintroduced into parts of their former range, and in 2008 a population study indicated just over 4,700 sea otters in British Columbia, up from approximately 3,200 in 2004.
Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
...a plankton-feeding worm that uses bristles to swim and sports slender "arms" on its head, has been discovered nearly 3,000 metres below sea level off the Indonesian coast? The squid-like creature, which grows to 9 cm or more, was captured by a robotic submersible in the Celebes Sea, a marine basin that plunges to 6,200 metres at its deepest.
Source: The Guardian

Our favorite website of the month

World Ocean Network

If you would like your website to be featured here, please contact Rannveig Nilsen.

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For previous editions of this Marine Newsletter, please visit our Marine Programme website.

Tuesday 30 Nov 2010