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IISD/ENB @ 23rd ISA Annual Session | 18 Aug 2017 | Kingston, JM | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 8 hours 21 min ago
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, will cover the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority, from 8 to 18 August 2017, from the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority, in Kingston, Jamaica

El mercado: herramienta para reducir emisiones de GEI

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: Animal Político - Implementar un Sistema de Comercio de Emisiones posicionaría a México como la primera economía en desarrollo en considerar al mercado como una herramienta para lograr un desarrollo de bajo carbono y el crecimiento del Producto Interno Bruto.

La Reserva de la Biosfera La Palma hará un seguimiento de los indicadores del cambio climático en el ecosistema insular

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: La Palma Ahora - Ha presentado un proyecto a la Fundación Biodiversidad que pretende asimismo generar material divulgativo que logre una mayor conciencia y sensibilidad de la ciudadanía respecto a este fenómeno.

WWF pide un consumo de energía responsable ante el calor y visitar su web 'eurotopten' de electrodomésticos eficientes

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: Europa Press - La organización WWF ha pedido un consumo responsable ante la subida de las temperaturas y ha recomendado visitar su web www.eurotopten.es, en la que aconsejan a los consumidores sobre los equipos electrónicos "más eficientes", con el objetivo de reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), que aceleran el cambio climático, según ha informado la ONG.

Gobierno (argentino) lanza convocatoria para generar energía de fuentes renovables

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: El Cronista - Así lo dispuso mediante una resolución publicada hoy en el Boletín Oficial. Se licitan 1200 MW, de los que un 45,83% corresponde a energía eólica, 37,5% a energía solar y 8,3% a biomasa, entre otros.

CEO of wind energy giant says it would be better if US was in Paris Agreement

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: CNBC - At the beginning of June, President Donald Trump announced the U.S would withdraw from the Paris Agreement and commence negotiations to re-enter or renegotiate a new accord

Calls to participate in COP23 Pacific photo competition

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: Fiji Times - THE COP23 Presidency Secretariat is once again appealing to both professional and amateur photographers alike to take part in the Pacific Photo Competition

Sweltering European summer has human fingerprints

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: Climate Home - The chance of extremely hot days, such as have been seen across southern Europe this summer has been “greatly increased” by climate change

La culture du café menacée par le réchauffement climatique

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: Les Echos - L'offre de café, inférieure à sa demande depuis deux ans, est gravement menacée. Et la consommation ne cesse d'augmenter

Réchauffement climatique : le monde s'enflamme

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: France 2 - Des nuages de fumée, des forêts calcinées, nous sommes en Colombie britannique, à l'ouest du Canada.

Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream

New from UNFCCC - 18. August 2017 - 15:59
Source: UPI - Regional lender teams up with the multilateral Green Climate Fund to facilitate sustainable development.

Vishal Sikka’s exit: In life, as in comedy, timing is everything

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 14:12
There is no doubt that Vishal Sikka’s departure from Infosys comes at an unfortunate time, a day before its board is meeting to consider a share buyback proposal

Infosys needs a CEO: CTOs need not apply?

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 9:41
When does one take a call on who is CTO material and who is made of CEO stuff, especially when hiring for technology companies in a digital world

ENB Report | 23rd ISA Annual Session | 17 Aug 2017 | Kingston, JM | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 18. August 2017 - 9:16
On Thursday, 17 August 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a daiy report from the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority, which will take place from 8 to 18 August 2017, in Kingston, Jamaica

IISD/ENB @ 23rd ISA Annual Session | 17 Aug 2017 | Kingston, JM | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 18. August 2017 - 9:04
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, will cover the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority, from 8 to 18 August 2017, from the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority, in Kingston, Jamaica

Breaking the shell of tax evaders

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 4:06
The government should be careful in taking action against listed companies as it can affect investor confidence

The miracle

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 3:04
It is worthwhile to keep in mind that from one way of looking, the Republic is a bonafide miracle. Few people gave us a chance. And yet here we are

Power digital with sensible technology policies

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 2:57
Even as India seems to be on its way to becoming a digital powerhouse, it still does not have a comprehensive policy on data protection or online security

A bubble in political risks, too

News from India - 18. August 2017 - 2:47
What makes today’s uncertainty different is how asset bubbles are bumping up against surging political risk, a problem compounded by a uniquely weak roster of world leaders

Belize moratorium on offshore oil activity landmark step forward for marine conservation

News from WWF - 18. August 2017 - 2:00
Belmopan, Belize, 18 August 2017– The Belize government's decision today to introduce critical legislation to establish a permanent moratorium on offshore oil activity in and around the Belize Barrier Reef has been welcomed by WWF, Oceana and other members of the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage as a landmark step forward for the World Heritage site and marine conservation globally.
 
The move to stop damaging oil exploration in Belize's territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone, expected to be adopted in the country's next parliamentary session in November 2017, marks an important first step toward protecting coastal and marine ecosystems worldwide and safeguarding the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, a significant biodiversity hotspot.
 
"At a time when nature is under increasing pressure and being lost at an unprecedented and accelerating rate, we are beginning to realise its irreplaceable contribution to our own economy and welfare. The Belize government's commitment to protect the Belize Barrier Reef sets an example for the kind of leadership we urgently need to protect our planet's oceans and some of its most productive, outstanding - and yet, extremely vulnerable - places," said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.
 
The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, is home to almost 1,400 species and serves as a critical source of livelihood for over half of Belize's population. In October 2016, a decision to allow seismic testing for oil barely one kilometre away from the site caused national and global outcry over concerns on the potential impact on the site and its unique ecosystems.
 
"Last year's mobilization showed how we stand united in our determination to protect the reef - a source of life, tradition and pride for all of us in Belize. We are heartened by today's decision which demonstrates the government's commitment to protect our national treasure," said Nadia Bood, Mesoamerican Reef Scientist at WWF. "We now need to continue our efforts, as decision-makers, civil society and individuals, to ensure the reef and its remarkable biodiversity is safeguarded for marine life and communities for years to come."
 
"The catalyst for change has, and will always be, the will of the people. On the issue of offshore oil exploration in one of the world's most unique marine environments, the unwavering engagement of Belizeans, the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage members and the global community has been the constant factor that has brought us to this point in our democracy, " said Oceana's Vice President in Belize, Janelle Chanona. "Once enacted, this legislation would signal Prime Minister Barrow's administration's recognition that the quality of our lives directly depends on the integrity of natural resources and that the livelihoods of the tens of thousands of Belizeans who depend on the reef are not disposable. This legislation will also make Belize a leader in protecting corals and safeguarding coastal and marine ecosystems—actions that will hopefully prompt similar actions around the world."
 
A WWF assessment published in June this year showed the Belize Barrier Reef to be under threat from offshore oil drilling and damaging coastal construction. While the ban on offshore oil activity would be significant progress, urgent action to strengthen mangrove regulation and limit the sale of public land in the World Heritage site is also needed.
 
Reef-related tourism and fisheries support around 190,000 people in Belize. The annual economic contribution of reef-related tourism, fisheries and scientific research is estimated to be around 15 per cent of Belize's gross domestic product (GDP).
 
For 30 years WWF has been working to conserve Belize's unique biodiversity, tackling its greatest threats while improving the lives of vulnerable communities, as part of its integral scope in the Mesoamerican Reef System. 
 
Like the Belize Barrier Reef, nearly half of natural World Heritage sites worldwide are threatened by industrial pressures, putting the livelihoods and well-being of communities who depend on them at risk and threatening their long-term viability. WWF's campaign, Together Saving Our Shared Heritage, is working to strengthen the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and reinforce the OECD guidelines that protect these sites. To date, over 400,000 people have expressed their support for the protection of the Belize World Heritage site through the campaign.
 
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Notes to Editors:
WWF photos and videos for use along with copyright information are available for download here.
Oceana photos and videos for use along with copyright information are available for download  here.
The WWF report Protecting People through Nature on the importance of natural World Heritage sites to communities and wildlife and the threats they face is available here.
The report Too Precious to Drill: The Marine Biodiversity of Belize outlining why Belize's marine environment needs to be protected from oil activities can be found here.
 
For more information, please contact:
Nadia Bood nbood@wwfca.org | 501-602-6015| Skype: nboodwwfca
Janelle Chanona jchanona@oceana.org |501-610-2358| Skype: jchanona.oceana

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