Marine Newsletter #21 – September 2011

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

Featured Project

Green Economy in a Blue World
GRID-Arendal is leading the production of a report on a future "Green Economy in a Blue World". The report is a supplement to the seminal Green Economy Report, and just like the GER, the publication will make the economic case for greening economic activities, focusing on six sectors operating in the marine realm: small scale fisheries and aquaculture, transport, renewable energy, marine minerals, tourism and polluting activities. 

Drawing on the expertise of UNEP, UNDPFAO, IUCN, IMO, the University of Lund and GRID-Arendal itself, the report will identify the challenges and opportunities for changing these sectors to becoming less impacting on the marine environment, while strengthening their contributions to human wellbeing, particularly in terms of present and future economic opportunities.  
The report is a contribution to the Rio+20 Earth Summit's Theme: "Green Economy in the context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development" and will be launched at the 3rd Intergovernmental Review Panel of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA)

For more information, please contact Christian Neumann.


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

  • CoastGIS 2011 conference, Oostende, Belgium, 5-8 September – presenting the OCEANIDS mapping tool.
  • Joint Scientific Workshop on the Identification of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic, Port Cros, France, 8-9 September – providing data visualisation services to the workshop through GeoIQ.
  • Steering Committee meeting of the EMODNET Hydrographic Lot project, Athens, Greece, 12 September.
  • IUCN/NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) workshop on ecosystem-based management (EbM), Reykjavik, Iceland, 18-19 September – developing ideas and strategies that will help inform the Arctic Council process.
  • 2nd Unconventional Gas Conference, Dusseldorf, Germany, 19-20 September – presenting and participating in a high level panel discussing socio-economic perspectives linked to methane gas hydrates.
  • Meeting of the Arctic Council working group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), Reykjavik, Iceland, 20-22 September – a semi-annual meeting of PAME to review on-going activities and plan upcoming work.
  • Seminar: "Blue Tech – a good idea for the Sea", Simrishamn, Sweden, 21 September – on developments, ideas, challenges, and opportunities relating to the uses and management of the sea.
  • Second International Arctic Forum "The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue”, Arkhangelsk, Russia, 21-23 September – organised by the Russian Geographical Society (RGS), focusing on navigation in the Arctic; international cooperation in the scientific exploration of the Northern regions; and the Northeast Passage (the Northern Sea Route).
  • Geocap 6 training workshop, Arendal, Norway, 22-23 September – in preparation for November West Africa Continental Shelf Workshop
  • Arctic Ocean Review  (AOR) Expert Workshop, Reykjavik, Iceland, 23-24 September – obtaining expert input to the AOR Project Phase II Report, outlining options in support ofits conservation and sustainable use, including opportunities for strengthening global and regional instruments of relevance to the arctic marine environment.
  • Seventh meeting of the Working Group on Good Environmental Status in relation to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Brussels, 27-28 September – discussing the definition of Good Environmental Status and establishing Environment Targets towards the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Upcoming events

3-4 October
Arendal, Norway: Meeting with Ambassador Hans Wilhelm Longva from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Harald Brekke from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The purpose is to discuss the next activities to be implemented by GRID-Arendal in relation with the Training and Capacity Building Program and the Data Acquisition Program within the framework of the  agreement on Norwegian technical and financial support to the six West African coastal States for the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles, signed in September 2010.
For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

17-19 October
Copenhagen, Denmark: Course in Approaches to the Integrated Assessment of Status and Trends in Marine Ecosystems. The course is given by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and will give an introduction to integrated ecosystem analyses, ranging from ecological theories, data collection needs and handling, to the application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques describing the temporal dynamics of the ecosystem state.
For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

16-22 October
Nadi, Fiji: First Division Meeting of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). GRID-Arendal will be involved in reviewing the workplan of the Ocean and Islands Programme.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

17-20 October
Nadi, Fiji: 2011 STAR Conference. STAR is the Science, Technology and Resources Network of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The overall theme of the Conference will be “Adaption to Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Pacific Islands”. As part of the meeting, a one-day joint STAR-Circum Pacific Council session on Seabed Minerals will be held on Monday 17th.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.


Did you know that…
…Iceland's fishing industry, as one of the foundations of the Icelandic economy, is helping the country overcome its economic problems?
…the UK has, from just one cod stock, thrown away enough fish to support 711 jobs for 46 years?

Picture of the monthFishing boats in the harbour in Lofoten, Norway.
Photo credit: Lawrence Hislop, GRID-Arendal Photo Library.

Our favorite website of the month

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

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.


Friday 30 Sep 2011