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Second Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections: 2-4 October 2013
The Second Global Conference on Land - Ocean Connections (GLOC-2) will take place October 2- 4, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The United Nations Environment Programme and the Government of Jamaica are co-organizers of the conference, the second of its kind, and the first to be convened in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Welcome to the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).
The GPA was adopted by the international community in 1995 and “aims at preventing the degradation of the marine environment from land-based activities by facilitating the realization of the duty of States to preserve and protect the marine environment”. It is unique in that it is the only global initiative directly addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
The GPA targets major threats to the health, productivity and biodiversity of the marine and coastal environment resulting from human activities on land and proposes an integrated, multisectoral approach based on commitment to action at local, national, regional and global levels. In an era when coastal communities are threatened by new and daunting challenges, e.g. climate change, the holistic ecosystem approach advocated by the GPA is even more relevant today than when first negotiated in 1995.The Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the GPA (IGR-3) provided an opportunity for national governments and regional organizations to renew its commitments to the GPA and shape its future. The adopted Manila Declaration and the Report of the IGR-3 can be found in all UN-languages in the Document Library.
It’s your GPA.
The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference took place from 20 to 25 March, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, bringing together 440 participants representing some 38 countries. Conference participants - researchers, natural resource managers, policymakers, industry representatives, and the non-governmental community - refined and endorsed by acclamation the Honolulu Commitment, which outlines 12 actions to reduce marine debris. Participants and a group of rapporteurs also worked to revise the Honolulu Strategy, a framework strategy to prevent, reduce, and manage marine debris. The conference was co-organized by The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and UNEP and allowed sharing of strategies and best practices to assess, reduce and prevent the impacts of marine debris through workshops, field trips, technical and policy sessions, poster presentations, and panel discussions.
For more information please visit www.5imdc.org
The report “Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution”
provides a global overview of the nutrient management practices and policies with their consequent
impacts on human wellbeing and natural environment. The report concludes with a clear message that humanity benefit from nutrients but the current production and use of nutrients must change to towards green growth and sustainable development.