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International Oceans-Climate School

The Mediterranean and climate change:

Impacts, people, action

The International Oceans-Climate School of the Open Ocean University

The Mediterranean and climate change:

Impacts, people, action

The International Oceans-Climate School of the Open Ocean University

will bring together two content areas and two methodologies:

oceans, climate change, foresight and participatory simulation

28 - 30 Oct, 2020  &  30 Oct - 1 Nov, 2020

​The International Oceans-Climate School is open to all stakeholders with an interest in the well-being of our oceans, especially the Mediterranean.  The School will be of interest to organizations that and people who have an interest in planning and acting for the future of the oceans, especially the future of the Mediterranean, as it will be shaped by accelerating global warming and climate change.

Our overall, broad goal is to encourage you to become an even better ocean-climate-literate stakeholder.  In the words of the Irish Ocean Literacy Network:

An ocean literate citizen understands the importance of the ocean to humankind; can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.

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Guidelines on Mangrove Ecosystem Restoration for the Western Indian Ocean Region

6 Aug 2020 - A new set of

6 Aug 2020 - A new set of guidelines on mangrove restoration for the region aims to support the restoration of degraded mangrove ecosystems  in the Western Indian Ocean region and support recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

The guidelines analyze risks and challenges to restoration projects and point to potential solutions.

They can be used by governments; resource managers; scientists; civil society, and communities at large as they embark on mangrove conservation and management initiatives.

The Guidelines also feature case studies from around the Western Indian Ocean region, highlighting best practices and lessons learned. They can be used to guide action on mangroves as part of the upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) and support progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14.2 on protecting and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems. Mangroves also capture and store significantly higher rates of carbon dioxide per unit area than terrestrial forests, so mangrove restoration can be incorporated into countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.

Access the Guidelines here: https://www.nairobiconvention.org/CHM%20Documents/WIOSAP/guidelines/GuidelinesonMangroveRestorationForTheWIO.pdf

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New guidelines aim to support mangrove restoration in the Western Indian Ocean

24 Jul 2020 -World Mangrove Day - For many coastal communities, including those in the Western Indian Ocean region, mangroves are critical to economic and food security.

24 Jul 2020 -World Mangrove Day - For many coastal communities, including those in the Western Indian Ocean region, mangroves are critical to economic and food security. A new set of guidelines on mangrove restoration for the region aims to support the restoration of its degraded mangrove ecosystems and support recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Mangrove forests are among the most powerful nature-based solutions to climate change, but with 67 percent of mangroves lost or degraded to date, and an additional 1.0 percent being lost each year, they are at a risk of being destroyed altogether. Without mangroves, 39 percent more people would be flooded annually and flood damage would increase by more than 16 percent and US $82 billion. They protect shorelines from eroding and shield communities from floods, hurricanes, and storms, a more important service than ever as sea levels continue to rise. Mangroves also provide nursery areas for marine life and support many threatened and endangered species. Restoring mangroves can make communities more resilient to environmental changes and the economic shocks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/new-guidelines-aim-support-mangrove-restoration-western-indian-ocean

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Ocean Innovation Africa 2019

Ocean Innovation Africa 2019 gathered the key regional players of the ocean economy and tech ecosystem to start shaping Africa’s first ocean impact hub.

Ocean Innovation Africa 2019 took place on 27 November 2019 in Cape Town. This event gathered the key regional players of the ocean economy and tech ecosystem to start shaping Africa’s first ocean impact hub, based in Cape Town: OceanHub Africa.

International and local experts were invited to the event to share and participate, alongside selected delegates, in designing the future of the OceanHub Africa initiative: a platform to inspire, develop and support more ocean-minded businesses in Africa.

This event provides the platform to:

  • Build the beginning of an Ocean-impact ecosystem for the Western Cape & into Africa
  • Incorporate stakeholders input for legitimacy and commitment, to improve our capacity to implement high-impact ocean-minded developments
  • Provide strategic focus and materials to design OceanHub Africa’s KPIs and roadmap for 2020, in a bid to place Cape Town as a pioneer of a decidedly more sustainable and innovative ocean economy

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: https://ocean-innovation.africa/

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Malawi gets $13 million to boost its Blue Economy

11 Oct 2019 - Africa’s vision for the “Blue Economy” got a boost from African Development Bank Group (AfDB) this week, with the announcement of US $13.2 million in financing for fisheries and aquaculture in Malawi.

11 Oct 2019 - Africa’s vision for the “Blue Economy” got a boost from African Development Bank Group (AfDB) this week, with the announcement of US $13.2 million in financing for fisheries and aquaculture in Malawi.

The country’s government will add another $1.38 million for the Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture Development, and Watershed Management project designed to protect Malawi’s water resources while leveraging them to create jobs, improve health and strengthen climate resilience.

It will be implemented in 14 districts, all but three of them along Malawi’s lakeshores. The districts cover all of the Lake Malawi and Chilwa basins, sections of the Shire River system, and some upland areas.

“The project is expected to directly benefit 20,000 residents around the surrounding lakeshore and inland areas, as well as 250,000 fish processors, vendors, retailers, and interns, many of whom are youth and women along the value chain,” said the AfDB in announcing the financing decision.

The benefits extend beyond Malawi and into the wider region, while aligning with the African continent’s wider goal of developing ocean and water-based economies while protecting against climate change. Seventy-five percent of transboundary watersheds are in Malawi and they are critical fish breeding and nursery grounds, the AfDB said.

CONTINUE READING: https://africatimes.com/2019/10/10/malawi-gets-13-million-to-boost-its-blue-economy/

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Cleaning up marine litter across eastern and southern Africa

31 Jul 2019 - An inaugural female-led beach clean-up exercise has helped raise awareness of the problem that marine litter poses to the environment.

31 Jul 2019 - An inaugural female-led beach clean-up exercise has helped raise awareness of the problem that marine litter poses to the environment. In Kenya alone, the beach-clean up collected 337 kg of rubbish, generated from land-based activities. The day was led by members from the IMO-supported Association for Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa region (WOMESA), together with industry and local communities. Organized in celebration of the African Day of Seas and Oceans, the clean-up on 27 July also served to highlight the important role of African women in marine conservation for sustainable livelihoods.

IMO has adopted an action plan to address marine litter from ships and is committed to supporting the achievement of targets to prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds, including marine debris, set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.

Human carelessness and pollution, such as the dumping of plastic in waterways, has devastating consequences on marine life and this is a particular problem in the marine and coastal areas in Africa  - which are also are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in the world, mainly attributed to the low adaptive capacity in the continent. 

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: http://www.imo.org/EN/MediaCentre/WhatsNew/Pages/default.aspx

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Indian Ocean Ocean governance initiative meets in South Africa

12 Jul 2019 - 7 out of 9 National Focal Points of the SAPPHIRE project are women.

12 Jul 2019 - 7 out of 9 National Focal Points of the SAPPHIRE project are women. Nairobi Convention states, the GEF and UNDP are committed to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment as a core element of improved ocean governance. Read about more progress:

On 25-27 June 2019, Focal Points for the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem Strategic Action Programme Policy Harmonization and Institutional Reforms (SAPPHIRE) project met for the first-ever Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting in Durban, South Africa. The GEF-funded SAPPHIRE project, executed by the Nairobi Convention and implemented by UNDP, is designed to promote ocean governance by supporting necessary policy and legal reforms, investments and capacity building requirements.

As this was the first-ever PSC meeting, members were active in reviewing terms of reference of committees, annual work plans, multiyear budget allocations, project result framework, and project management and coordination structures at national and regional levels. By the end of the two-and-a-half-day session, the PSC had approved the Terms of Reference for itself and the project’s National Intersectoral Coordination Committee (NICC), whose roles will be to coordinate the implementation of project activities at the national level. PSC members also approved the 2019 Annual Work Plan and multi-year project budget. Additionally, PSC members reviewed the project result framework and recommended developing new outcome indicators, giving a mandate to the Nairobi Convention Secretariat to do so.

https://www.nairobiconvention.org/first-ever-sapphire-project-steering-committee-meeting-held/

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Africa Blue Economy Forum 2019

Africa Blue Economy Forum 2019 takes place from 25 to 26 June in Tunisia.

Africa Blue Economy Forum 2019 takes place from 25 to 26 June in Tunisia.

Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) is about bold new thinking to accelerate Africa’s structural transformation and create jobs for a young population on the rise.

It offers an ideal opportunity for businesses and policy makers to understand, explore and invest in the blue economy, harness its potential and create a sustainable business model for the future.

Africa’s maritime industry is estimated at around US$1 trillion per year, covering a large variety of sectors including fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, oil and gas, ports and trade, energy, seabed mining and so on.

ABEF’s objective is to explore the unique investment potential of the continent’s growing ocean economy and the synergies between traditional and new emerging industries, whilst promoting the Blue Economy sustainability principles to secure long-term prosperity and inclusive growth across the continent.

Why attend ABEF2019?

  • Insider access to government leaders and ocean and sustainability experts
  • Cutting-edge dialogue assessing today’s pressing issues to achieve SDG 14
  • High-level insights from thoughtful leaders and action-oriented discussions
  • Case studies sharing practical experiences and solutions from the field
  • Presentation of investment opportunities in traditional and emerging ocean industries
  • Introductions facilitating partnerships with African and international experts to achieve sustainable best practices
  • Expanded networking opportunities

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER, VISIT: https://abef2019.com/