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Guidelines for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean

18 Mar 2019 - This report provides recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic1 litter, also

18 Mar 2019 - This report provides recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic1 litter, also referred to as plastic debris, in the ocean.

It is a product of the GESAMP Working Group (WG40) on ‘Sources, fate and effects of plastics and microplastics in the marine environment’ 2, co-led by the Intergovernmental Commission on Oceanography (IOC-UNESCO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The main audience of the report is intended to be national, inter-governmental and international organisations with responsibilities for managing the social, economic and ecological consequences of land- and sea-based human-activities on the marine environment.

CONTINUE READING ONLINEhttps://environmentlive.unep.org/media/docs/marine_plastics/une_science_dvision_gesamp_reports.pdf

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Manual of marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance (UNEP-WCMC)

Published by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre as a supplement to the Ocean Data Viewer.

The marine data manual is published by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) as a supplement to the Ocean Data Viewer (data.unep-wcmc.org). The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. This manual, as the second edition of the manual published by Martin et al. in 2014, aims to provide an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 128 datasets, databases and data portals (Annex 2). The report also includes detailed standardised metadata for 69 of these reviewed datasets (Annex 3). The various challenges, gaps and limitations which can be presented by coastal and marine data are also discussed. If you have any comments, suggestions, or queries, please contact: marine@unep-wcmc.org.

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2 min on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: The Climate Change Connection - UNEP

UNEP has partnered with syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey to bring you this latest in a series of ocean videos, about climate change

Oceans are essential for regulating the earth's climate cycle, yet substantial warming trends in the earth's atmosphere are causing dangerous changes including a rising sea level, increased extreme weather events and polar ice melts. This video connects human activities with the changing climate. Find out what's happening and what you can do!

The "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" video series uses animation and humor to explain complex scientific issues in simple terms to the general public. The series was produced as a partnership between nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jim Toomey, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional videos from the series can be viewed at: www.rona.unep.org/toomey

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2 min on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: The True Value of Our Oceans - UNEP

UNEP has partnered with syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey to bring you this latest in a series of ocean videos, about the true value of our ocean.

2-minute PSA about the uncounted economic benefits of the oceans. Oceans are not just about the seafood industry. The ocean provides transportation, tourism and recreation, as well as renewable energy, and key ingredients for pharmaceuticals. But what most people don't know is that oceans also provide a significant number of other benefits that don't even get counted.

The "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" video series uses animation and humor to explain complex scientific issues in simple terms to the general public. The series was produced as a partnership between nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jim Toomey, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional videos from the series can be viewed at: www.rona.unep.org/toomey

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2 min on Oceans with Jim Toomey: Wastewater - UNEP

Wastewater has impacts on human health, water bodies and coastal ecosystems. When adequately managed, wastewater can become a valuable resource. Watch this video to see how it can be done!





The "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" video series uses animation and humor to explain complex scientific issues in simple terms to the general public. The series was produced as a partnership between nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jim Toomey, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The rest of the video series can be watched at: www.rona.unep.org/toomey

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2 min on Oceans with Jim Toomey: Adaptation to Sea Level Rise - UNEP

Short video on sea level rise and our responses to it, which include a wide variety of approaches, from elaborate and expensive seawalls to enhanced natural resilience, such as the restoration of m

angroves, marshes and coral reefs. Developed in partnership with UNEP's Regional Office for North America.

The "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" video series uses animation and humor to explain complex scientific issues in simple terms to the general public. The series was produced as a partnership between nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jim Toomey, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional videos from the series can be viewed at: www.rona.unep.org/toomey

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2 Mins on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Nutrient Runoff - UNEP

The use of fertilizers in agriculture has increased the productivity of our farms. However, this increase has come with a price.

Fertilizers and other chemicals end up in our streams and rivers, and eventually in our oceans.  The run-off from these chemicals creates algae blooms that result in dead zones and destroy our corals, fish and mangroves. Watch this video and learn what you can do to help!

The "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" video series uses animation and humor to explain complex scientific issues in simple terms to the general public. The series was produced as a partnership between nationally syndicated cartoonist, Jim Toomey, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Additional videos from the series can be viewed at: www.rona.unep.org/toomey

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Achieving SDG 14 through the regional seas programmes

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Side Event hosted by UNEP

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Side Event hosted by UNEP

More details: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1104&menu=3327&template=2456

1:15 - 2:30 PM

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Land and ocean interactions in a changing world

UN Secretariat, Conference Room 8

Hosted by UNEP

14 February, 13:15 - 14:30 EST

UN Secretariat, Conference Room 8

Hosted by UNEP

14 February, 13:15 - 14:30 EST

More details at: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1046&menu=3327&template=2456

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Island solutions: Eradicating invasive species for biodiversity restoration (2014) | UNEP

The Dominican Republic is succeeding in eradicating lionfish from its waters by eating them...before they devour local species.

The Dominican Republic is succeeding in eradicating lionfish from its waters by eating them...before they devour local species.

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