Marine Newsletter #14 – January 2011

Highlights from the Marine Programme at GRID-Arendal for January 2011

1. Featured Project

Oceans of Possibilities – How Blue can lead to Green
GRID-Arendal, as part of an early scoping phase, is seeking input, advice, interest, experience and ideas that can serve to develop a novel concept building upon efforts made and leading to an innovative approach in promoting renewable energy expansion for "green developing" countries.

Oceans are a vast source of untapped energy available in a variety of ways. High energy consuming countries are already promoting and expanding development leading to the harvesting of offshore clean energy. As interest grows from developing countries seeking to increase their energy supply, sustainable development principles and environmental stressors are driving many to examine renewable energy as a source of for their future. 

The aim of the project is to pave the way for emerging economies (from national to community scales) to exchange knowledge, information and lessons learned to plan and deploy renewable energy systems, seeding the foundations for a truly "green economy". It seeks to bring national and community leaders together with industry and scientific stakeholders to identify the needs, priorities and possibilities for a given country, region and/or community, in order to co-develop solutions and bring together the necessary "ingredients" to actualize these solutions.

For more information, please contact Kristina Thygesen.

2. Events

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

  • Project and fundraising meetings with Natural Resources Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian Polar Commission, the International Development Research Center and the Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa, Canada, 4-7 January.
  • Project and fundraising meetings with UNEP-RONA, NOAA, World Resource Institute, National Geographic, the World Bank and the US State Dept, Washington, D.C., USA, 10-11 January.
  • Consultation meetings with the International Seabed Authority and discussions with the UNEP Caribbean Regional Sea Office, Kingston, Jamaica, 12-13 January.
  • Working session with two representatives from the Task Force for the Delineation of the Continental Shelf of Madagascar, Arendal, Norway, 17-28 January –reviewing the submission to be made by the Government of Madagascar to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
  • Meeting with representatives from Sund Energy, Oslo, Norway, 21 January – discussing various topics related to a possible collaboration on a grassroots outreach effort linked to carbon capture and storage technology.
  • PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment) Workshop on ecosystem approach to management (EA) on Boundaries and status of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) in the Arctic, Tromsø, Norway, 22-23 January.
  • Arctic Frontiers (AFT) 5th annual conference: "Arctic Tipping Points", Tromsø, Norway, 23-29 January.
  • Public lecture: "From Tuk to Tonga - Climate Change is Threatening the Menu: Food Security in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”, at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 28 January. The lecture was part of the Hammond Lecture Series, which is sponsored by University of Guelpoh and the School of Environmental Sciences (SES). 
  • Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) Steering Committee meeting, Akureyri, Iceland, 31 January.

Upcoming events

1-3 February
Akureyri, Iceland: Thirteenth meeting of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF XIII). CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and communicate the findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure sustainability of the Arctic's living resources.

For more information, please contact Lawrence Hislop.

3. Other

Posting of Joan Fabres to UNEP/MAP
GRID-Arendal and UNEP/MAP (Mediterranean Action Plan) have closed an agreement for cooperation in the implementation of the ecosystem approach under the Barcelona Convention, the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. In order to ensure the maximum focus Joan Fabres will be posted to UNEP/MAP in Athens between the 20th of January and the 20th of June. Joan will work on the production of reports (State of Environment Report with focus on ecosystems),  development of ecological objectives and indicators and the revision of the road-map for the ecosystems approach. He will work intensively with the MAP team and be involved in the organization of expert meetings and in catalyzing the interaction between all the different actors involved in the Mediterranean from both the northern and the southern shores.

Picture of the month:
Mr Tolojanahary Randriamiarantsoa and Ms Clodette Raharimananirina from the Task Force for the Delineation of the Continental Shelf of Madagascar, getting ready for a boat ride in sunny, but freezing Arendal.
Photo credit: Riccardo Pravettoni.



Did you know that…
…the temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean adjacent to Greenland are rising, and the warming is significantly different from all climate variations in the last 2,000 years?
Source: Eurekalert
…a polar bear has been tracked swimming for nine days to reach a new ice floe? Polar bears are known to swim long distances between ice floes but it is feared the animals are being forced to go further as there is less ice because of global warming.
Source: The Telegraph

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Monday 31 Jan 2011