Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)
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Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)

Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)   10 Non Governmental Organizations (WWF, Whale and Dolphin Conservation , Environmental Investigation Agency, Seas at Risk…)  call  the International Maritime Organization   to speed controls on ships, ahead of the 73 session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee which be held in London today until October 26th. Open letter to Mr Hideaki Saito, Chair, Marine Environment Protection Committee, International Maritime Organization.   We the undersigned organizations wish to express our support for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in considering speed measures for shipping at its Marine Environment Policy Committee meeting (MEPC 73) starting October 22 in London. Speed controls on ships, determined and implemented by the IMO, would have multiple benefits. On climate change, managing the speed of ships, as is done in other transport sectors, would be a useful policy lever in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, with associated benefits for marine life. Air pollution, whether of SOx, NOx, particulate matter, or black carbon, could similarly be reduced. For whales and dolphins, slower ship speeds could reduce underwater noise pollution, and reduce incidents of whale strikes. For these reasons we urge IMO delegates to give the speed proposal due consideration, and decide on a timeline for an impact study before a decision on adoption. Speed could be a valuable tool in the IMO’s toolbox, for the climate, human health, and marine life....

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COP 22- Mauritius- Workshop and ministerial conference: Towards a sustainable blue econonomy in Africa-
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COP 22- Mauritius- Workshop and ministerial conference: Towards a sustainable blue econonomy in Africa-

  COP 22- Mauritius- Workshop and ministerial conference: Towards a sustainable blue econonomy in Africa- By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Mauritius will organize a ministerial conference on Climate-smart Ocean Economies in Africa on September 1-2. Ahead of this conference, the World Bank is organizing its second  journalists workshop from August August 29 to 31. A few months ago ( February 28 to March 4), the World Bank and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with USAID and the West Africa Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission organized a workshop known as “The African Journalists for Sustainable Fisheries” in Ghana. The aim was to assist African journalists in producing accurate  reporting on fisheries issues. The primary objective of the second  workshop is to raise journalists’ awareness on the challenges and opportunities of the oceans economies and how it contributes to economic growth and improved livelihoods in Africa  the bank said. 14 journalists will be invited from the priority countries of the program: Cabo Verde, Comoros, Ivory Cost, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Togo and  20 journalists from Mauritius. This workshop will deal with  mix of technical themes related to oceans economies and mirroring the conference agenda: Fisheries and aquaculture, integrity of the coastline, ports and shipping, renewable energy, tourism,  and finance.  It will also include media training to sharpen journalists’ reporting skills. After the three days training, the 34 journalists from Africa will cover the ministerial conference.  “Diversifying economies beyond land-based activities and along coasts all in a climate-intelligent way is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth globally”, the Bank emphasized in one of its report. The 22 UN Climate Change Conference ( COP 22) to be held for the second time in Africa, in Marrakech ( Morocco) will be an opportunity for this continent to implement the commitments made in Paris, according to some experts. The sustainable blue economy are part of the broader global action of COP 22, the bank recalled.          ...

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