Welcome, Nairobi Convention Member States, partners, and friends, to this issue of the Weekly News Round-up!
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Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration
A new study finds that extensive ecosystem restoration is central to conserving biodiversity and stabilizing the climate of the Earth.. Though only 1% of the money devoted to the climate crisis goes to nature restoration, this study found that such “nature-based solutions” were among the cheapest ways of absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Raising awareness on mangroves in WIOSAP demo project in Rufiji Delta, TZ
The Institute of Marine Science and Wetlands International begun a ‘training of trainers’ session in Kibiti for teacher to learn how to educate their pupils on the importance of mangroves. The Rufiji Delta holds the largest expanse of mangroves in East Africa. Click here for more on the project and below for more on the training.
Join the virtual session “Co-designing the science we need for Africa”
This virtual session from IOC-UNESCO will explore opportunities and challenges, as well as Africa’s specific needs and priorities, and discuss best practices to deliver research that will lead to transformative Decade Actions with long-lasting benefits to the ocean and society.
Save the Date: Webinar on Investing in Sustainable Development Goal 14
Introduced more than 50 years ago, plastic substrates are a novel microbial habitat in the world’s oceans. While several studies have surveyed microbial diversity and quantified specific members of these biofilm habitats, a new study is the first to holistically quantify total cell inventories under in situ conditions.
New UNEP Open Course on Marine Litter Starting 26 October
This course strives to teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location. The course will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools. Register for free below.
$212 million raised for ‘world’s first’ ocean health impact fund
A new impact fund will finance projects improving ocean health in accordance with SDG 14. Between 30 and 50 businesses will be backed by the fund. Non-profit The Ocean Foundation will advise Credit Suisse and Rockefeller Asset Management on which companies to include in the portfolio.