International Day for Disaster Reduction / Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres‏

Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October 2012

Sustainability is the agenda for peace and development in the century ahead. Building resilience through personal safety and disaster risk reduction is essential for this more sustainable future. These are the conclusions of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio this year. The Rio+20 Outcome Document calls also for integrating a gender perspective into the design and implementation of all disaster reduction policy.
This is the theme of the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction -- “Women and Girls: the [in]Visible Force of Resilience”.

Full message will be available from the Director-General's webpage 13 October.

Mensaje de Irina Bokova, Directora General de la UNESCO, con motivo del Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres, 13 de octubre de 2012

La sostenibilidad es el programa para la paz y el desarrollo del siglo en curso. Fortalecer la resiliencia mediante la seguridad personal y la reducción de los riesgos de desastre es esencial para este futuro más sostenible. Tales son las conclusiones de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible celebrada en Río de Janeiro este año. En el documento final de la Conferencia Río+20 se pide también que se integre una perspectiva de género en la concepción y aplicación de toda política de reducción de los desastres.
El tema del Día Internacional para la Reducción de los Desastres 2012 es “Mujeres y niñas: la fuerza invisible de la resiliencia”.

Mensaje completo estará disponible en la página web de la Directora General 13 de octubre.

The Commercial Fisheries of the United States and Canada - Illustrated 2012 ed. published

An overview of USA and Canadian commercial fisheries covering almost all species, fish/shellfish, marine/freshwater, fishing methods, aquaculture, ecology and conservation,industry history, management perspectives, present economic impact and detailed species information fully indexed/referenced to the latest scientific and market names.

For additional information please see CMP website.

Coastal ocean acidification affected by eutrophication

Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are causing increased acidification of the oceans, a recent study has found that carbon dioxide released form decaying algal blooms can accelerate this process.

More information here (from NOAA) and here (from American Chemical Society's Environmental Science and Technology journal).

CLME PCU: CRFM-OSPESCA meeting announcements

Last week the first ever joint CRFM-OSPESCA high-level Ministerial Meeting took place and ended with highly positive outcomes very relevant to the last phase of the CLME project.

More information links available on the our CLME page

NOAA's 'Ocean Today' has produced a video on hurricane formation

A brief informative video on how warm sea surface, converging winds and moist air combine to generate hurricanes.

Watch it here.

More videos from 'Ocean Today' are available at