Publications

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project
The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, facilitated bythe Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was aone-year project, which commenced in November 2012.Supportive to AGEDI’s mandate and as one of the projects withinthe Eye on the Earth Oceans and Blue Carbon Special Initiative,the project was designed to deliver data sharing on a locallevel, support and encourage ad ...
Deep Sea Minerals
Rising global demand for metals and developments in technology have recently renewed industry interest in exploring, and exploiting, deposits of deep sea minerals (‘DSM’). The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea gives coastal states exclusive sovereign rights over the DSM contained within national marine boundaries. For many Pacific islands, this means that over 99% of their national ju ...
Regional Scientific and Technical Capacity Building Workshop on the World Ocean Assessment
In large marine regions, undertaking integrated assessments can be expensive and time consuming, but sound information is critical to understanding the state of the marine environment and achieving or maintaining ocean health. Most importantly, such large scale and integrated assessments must not be overly influenced by information that is limited only to either places or issues that are wel ...
The State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment
The Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) was established in 1975as a coherent legal and institutional framework for cooperationthrough which all Mediterranean countries decided to jointly address common challenges of environmental degradation whilelinking sustainable resource management with development. Itwas soon followed by the Barcelona Convention and seven Protocols addressing issues relevan ...
Abidjan Convention Sustainable Seas pilot workshop
Life on earth is fundamentally and inextricably linkedto the marine environment. Our oceans and seas regulate global processes such as climate and weather andprovide us a vast array of goods and services: food, energy, minerals, medicines, transport and social servicesfor society. The ocean’s “natural capital” is howeverglobally depreciating due to the cumulative effectsof human activities a ...
Green Economy in a Blue World - Full report
The world’s oceans and coasts – the Blue World – are the cornucopia for humanity. They provide us with food, oxygen and livelihoods.
Blue Carbon - First Level Exploration of Blue Carbon in the Arabian Peninsula
Healthy natural coastal ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, saltwater marshlands and seagrass meadows provide a vast array of important co-benefits to coastal communities around the world, including throughout the Arabian Peninsula. These benefits include ecosystem services such as a rich cultural heritage; the protection of shorelines from storms; erosion or sea-level rise; food from fish ...
Why value the oceans? A discussion paper - February 2012
Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet, yet we are just beginning to discover the extent of the resources, both biotic and abiotic, that lie beneath their surfaces. We are also just beginning to understand the complexity of the interactions that tie oceans to the rest of Earth’s systems. And then there is the coastal biome, where vital ecosystem services are most vulnerable. The co ...
State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment
The Mediterranean Sea is complex in its ecology and its social dimensions. Twenty-one countries border the basin of this heavily used and highly valued sea. The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) provides a critical framework for setting standards and targets acceptable to all the Contracting Parties, as ...
Continental Shelf - The Last Maritime Zone - Update (Status in September 2010)
During the past decade, many coastal States have been delineating the limits of their maritime zones. This process is defining the exact extent of the sovereignty or jurisdiction of coastal States over the seas and the oceans. The process paves the way for the application of a legal order, which will facilitate international communication, and will promote the peaceful use of the seas and oc ...