Peter Thomson of Fiji appointed UN Special Envoy for the Ocean

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Test the brand-new new EMODnet Geoviewer: integrating layers from thematic lots


One of the unique features of EMODnet globally is the multidisciplinary nature of the data that it aggregates and makes available. The EMODnet thematic portals create data layers and products ranging from information on physical oceanography to seabed habitats to human activities. However, users increasingly want to work across disciplines and visualise or combine these multi-thematic data layers.

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 OceanWise Marine Data Management Awareness Course 17 October London

OceanWise, in collaboration with IMarEST, is again hosting a One-Day Marine Data Management Awareness Course on Tuesday 17th October 2017. It will take place at IMarEST offices at 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ from 0930-1645.

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Coastal & Marine: Coastal Management - Training & Supporting Tools

EUCC Coastal and Marine Union has published the latest volume of Coastal and Marine News. This edition of Coastal and Marine shines a spotlight on coastal management from the perspective of capacity building with lessons from the BONUS BaltCoast project.

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3rd Blue Planet Symposium Report

The 3rd Blue Planet Symposium was held in College Park, Maryland, USA from 31 May to 2 June 2017. The symposium was co-hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Maryland and the University System of Maryland Foundation.

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Marine Cadastre Report published on EC website

Following communication with the DG Mare and EMODnet, the Marine Cadastre report has been published on the European’s Commission Maritime Forum site (see here https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/4047). Moreover they demonstrated an interest to be kept updated about relevant activities in context of marine cadaster for Europe. Download "Marine Cadastre in Europe a preliminary study - Brief edition - January 2017" here.

Progress on SDG Goal 14 relating to oceans, seas and marine resources

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) published a report from the Secretary-General on 11 May 2017 titles 'Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals'. The report is prepared annually by the Secretary-General in cooperation with the United Nations system, based on a global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators. The report provides an overview of global progress towards the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, on the basis of a selection of indicators for which data were available as of April 2017. Marine and Coastal SDI provide the underpinning geospatial data for the monitoring needed to track SDG 14.

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