thegef: New commitments made at 2017 Our Ocean conference

 

 

Since 2014, the Our Ocean conference has brought together world leaders, civil society organizations, executives, and oceans experts with the goal of driving concrete action to turn the tide of human-caused deterioration of the planet’s oceans. The 2017 conference, which was hosted by the European Union, and took place in Malta on October 5th and 6th, saw a renewed global commitment to six areas – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, maritime security, sustainable blue economy, and climate change.  The theme of the conference – “An Ocean for Life” – serves as a reminder that while more than 3 billion people directly depend on the seas for their livelihoods, their continued vitality indirectly impacts everyone.

 

 

At this year’s conference, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced three initiatives related to the conference themes on pollution, sustainable fisheries, and climate change.  The GEF’s commitments represent more than USD 85 million in investments in capacity building and resilience in some of the world’s most heavily used marine areas.

 

 

The Mediterranean Sea Programme (MedProgramme), is the most substantial commitment with USD 42.3 million to address nutrient pollution in the Mediterranean, enhance region wide environmental monitoring and protect key coastal freshwater resources. The MedProgramme builds on successful GEF projects in the Mediterranean and on the legal framework provided by the Barcelona Convention and its protocols. Implemented by UN Environment and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), MedProgramme will reduce nutrient and chemical pollution across the Mediterranean region and build the capacity of affected populations.

 

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CBFP News Archive

2017

Thegef: GEF-7 Replenishment
SEP2D web site launch
GCF: Mainstreaming gender
REFADD prepares for COP 23
CBFP Flash News July 2017
unep: Annual Report 2016
MEFDDE Newsletter, May 2017
greenclimate.fund : Careers
IUCN: Annual report 2016
Infosylva 09/2017
Sixth SGTAPFS meeting
EU Forest Watch April 2017
What is World Water Day?
GCF- Get accredited
IAF and the 2030 Agenda