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Marine Newsletter #7 2012 – August

Highlights from the Marine Division at GRID-Arendal for August 2012

Featured Project

UNEP Shelf Programme: Training and Capacity Building for West African Coastal States
Right now, 15 technical experts from seven West African countries are gathered in Arendal, Norway, for the 2nd Technical Training Workshop under the West Africa Training and Capacity Building Programme for the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles. The participating West African States are: Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – the latter joined the programme earlier this year.

The two-week workshop (27 August-7 September) is focused on the integration of the new data and the drafting of the technical sections of the submission document and accompanying annexes. The software package Geocap is the training platform used for the whole programme. Focus is placed on ensuring progress in the formal analytical, interpretive and drafting requirements needed for the completion of a Full Submission. A particular emphasis will be put on the technical steps required to analyse the base of slope and select foot of slope points along the West African margin that are fully supported by data.

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are also participating at the workshop.

For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

Data and Products

Green Economy in a Blue World – Full Report
The full Green Economy in a Blue World report is now completed and available on GRID-Arendal's website.

The report argues that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic paradigm that taps their natural potential – from generating renewable energy and promoting eco-tourism, to sustainable fisheries and transport.

Green Economy in a Blue World was produced by UNEP, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), WorldFish Center and GRID-Arendal.

For more information, please contact Christian Neumann.

Map of the Month

Manganese nodules in the South Pacific
Manganese nodules, or polymetallic nodules as they are also called, are rock concretions on the sea floor formed of concentric layers of iron and manganese hydroxides around a core. The core may be microscopically small and is sometimes completely transformed into manganese minerals by crystallization.

Manganese nodules in the South Pacific

Areas outlined in orange indicate locations on the deep ocean floor where manganese nodules are located. Some of these areas are currently being assessed by governments and industry as potential sites for the mining of manganese nodules. The promise of nodule exploitation led developing nations to propose that the deep seabed beyond the limits of national jurisdiction should be treated as a “common heritage of mankind”, with proceeds to be shared between those who developed this resource and the rest of the international community. This eventually resulted in the adoption (1982) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the establishment (1994) of the International Seabed Authority, with responsibility for controlling all deep-sea mining in international areas.

Click on the image to view the full map.

For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

Events

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

  • Dräger Foundation's Future Oceans Symposium: Sustainable Oceans – Reconciling Economic Use and Protection, New York, USA, 11-13 July – presenting and discussing GRID-Arendal's TEEB for Oceans concept.
  • Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference 2012, Portland, Oregon, USA, 31 July-3 August – organising a consultation workgroup on the TEEB for Oceans and Coasts study.
  • Pre-workshop meeting for technical experts from Sierra Leone, Arendal, Norway, 20-24 August – in preparation for their participation in the second training under the West Africa Training and Capacity Building Programme for the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles.
  • Meetings with representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Fisheries, and WWF, Oslo, Norway, 24 August – discussing the design of the TEEB for Oceans and Coasts study as well as TEEB Arctic.
  • Meeting with UNDP's Water and Ocean Governance Programme, Stockholm, Sweden, 26 August – discussing steps towards closer collaboration with UNDP on marine issues.

Ongoing and upcoming events

27 August-7 September
Arendal, Norway: 2nd Technical Training Workshop under the West Africa Training and Capacity Building Programme for the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles. See Featured Project.
For more information, please contact Joan Fabres.

17–19 September
Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the World Ocean Assessment (Regular Process). Experts will be consulted about the condition of the marine ecosystems in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand.
For more information, please contact Elaine Baker.

Other

Did you know that...

...aquaculture has been the fastest growing food production sector of the past 40 years? It now supplies more than half of the world’s food fish.
Source: Green Economy in a Blue World
...India has joined the race to explore and develop deep-sea mining for rare earth elements? The country will buy a new exploration ship and retool another for sophisticated deep-water exploration off its coast.
Source: The Guardian

Picture of the month
Participants and instructors at the 2nd Technical Training Workshop under the West Africa Training and Capacity Building Programme for the Establishment of the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles.
Photo: Lars Kullerud, GRID-Arendal.

Our favorite website of the month

Provided by one of our readers: Practitioner's Toolkit for Marine Conservation Agreements

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

Wednesday 05 Sep 2012