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UNEP Resources for children and Youth

Global Programme of Action
for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The Enviro-Kid!

Ocean Futures
(Jean-Michel Cousteau's organisation and Finding Nemo education site and games)

Monterey Bay Aquarium Activities for Kids and Teachers

Secrets@Sea - Solve the mistery

Teacher Resources

http://www.nyo.unep.org/action/12.htm [Chapter 12 of Taking Action UNEP publication]

ICRIN Teachers Resources

National Maritime Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Activities for Kids and Teachers

Sea Life Centre - Resource Library

Other resources

Our Planet - Available in English, Spanish and French


Oceans Conservancy

BBC Blue Planet

The Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland - The Learning Zone

Our Planet / TUNZA - Youth Action for Environment [CHECK IF APPROPRIATE FOR THEME]]

UNEP’s web sites on seas and oceans

Small Island Developing States Network - SIDSnet
Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) is a direct follow-up to the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA). SIDSnet connects 43 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and African island nations. In 2004, the International community will convene in Mauritius to discuss recommendations for further and successful implementation of the BPoA.

UN Atlas of Oceans
This Internet-based Atlas provides users with continuously updated strategic data on the state of the world's oceans, maps, development trends and threats to human health from the deteriorating marine environment. The Oceans is the result of extensive cooperation in the UN and with leading scientific agencies.It is designed to be an encyclopedic resource but also the world's foremost information clearinghouse and online forum for experts in ocean issues.

Vital Water Graphics: An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters
UNEP has compiled this report in order to provide an easily accessible resource on the state of the world’s waters. The goal of this publication is to produce a clear overview, through a set of graphics, maps and other illustrations, of the state of the world’s fresh and marine waters. It also illustrates the causes, effects, trends and threats facing our water sources, with examples of areas of major concern and future scenarios for the use and management of fresh, coastal and marine waters.

GIWA - Global International Waters Assessment
The aim of GIWA is to produce a comprehensive and integrated global assessment of international waters, the ecological status of and the causes of environmental problems in 66 water areas in the world, and focus on the key issues and problems facing the aquatic environment in transboundary waters.

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA)
The GPA aims at preventing the degradation of
the marine environment from land-based activities by facilitating the duty of States to preserve and protect the marine environment.

Regional Seas Branch
Fosters regional cooperation on behalf of the marine and coastal environment. It has accomplished this by stimulating the creation of 'Action Plans' for each region. These include a series of regional Conventions - unique legal instruments designed to protect shared environmental interests
For the list of regions...

Global Environment Outlook
GEO-3, the most recent version, provides an overview of the main environmental developments over the past three decades, and how social, economic and other factors have contributed to the changes that have occurred. Addresses land, forests, biodiversity, freshwater, coastal and marine areas, atmosphere, urban areas, and disasters.

World Conservation Monitoring Center
Provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. Programmes concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. Also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.

World Atlas of Seagrasses
Seagrasses are unique as they are the only marine flowering plants. Seagrass beds form complex physical structures and are a highly productive ecosystem. This enables them to support a considerable biomass and diversity of associated species.The Atlas is a collaboration of more than 50 authors from 25 nations. Fully illustrated, the Atlas contains the first global and regional maps of seagrass distribution and a wealth of information on key issues concerning this 'forgotten' ecosystem.

Technical Cooperation Unit
This unit in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation focuses on Best Practices and Outreach, Biodiversity, Land and Water, Water & Waste Management, Small Island Developing States, and Integrated Coastal Area and River Basin Management

Provides 'integrated' information gathered from across the UN system relevant for policymaking by building essential partnerships across the UN system with the scientific community, governments and NGOs.

Web based sources for coral reef information

UNEP-Coral Reef Unit

Reef Check
(has great ID pictures of coral reef fish)

International Coral Reef Initiative

International Coral Reef Action Network

UNEP-WCMC/ Project Aware/ NOAA (2003) - Field guide to Western Atlantic Coral Diseases and other causes of Coral Mortality.

Great Barrier Reef - National Geographic

International Coral Reef Information Network (ICRIN) - The education, information and communications arm of ICRI and ICRAN

NOAA Coral Reef Information Site (CORIS)

PADI Project AWARE Foundation

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