21 de out de 2007

Documentário Litoral Selvagem

Extraordinário documentário produzido com imagens cuidadosamente selecionadas ao longo de 6-8 anos de trabalho por Jeison Brum de Paiva e pelo Dr. Ulrich Seeliger da FURG. De acordo com a descrição na página da ecomídia: O documentário ilustra a flora e a fauna das praias e dunas da costa Atlântica, descreve os processos e as funções ecológicas de cada ambiente e enfatiza as interferências mais graves do Homem.

III Congresso Brasileiro de Oceanografia - CBO'2008

20 de out de 2007

Recursos hídricos e zonas costeiras debatem integração

Fonte: Ministério do Meio Ambiente
Por: Suelene Gusmão

Representantes dos 17 estados costeiros do Brasil participam de 22 a 24 deste mês, em Foz do Iguaçu, do II Workshop Nacional do Gerenciamento Costeiro, promovido pelo MMA. Entre os objetivos do encontro está o de encontrar respostas para os desafios colocados pela integração da gestão de Recursos Hídricos e Zonas Costeiras e também o de debater estratégias e ações com relação ao Projeto Orla. O encontro de Foz do Iguaçu dá ainda continuidade às discussões iniciadas em setembro do ano passado durante a realização do I Workshop Nacional quando foram debatidas as diretrizes técnicas, políticas e institucionais para o gerenciamento costeiro nas esferas federal e estadual.

De acordo com o geólogo João Luiz Nicoladi, da Gerência de Qualidade Costeira e do Ar do MMA, à época, foram niveladas informações sobre as ações de gerenciamento costeiro em andamento no país e realinhadas as estratégias de reforço para as soluções de continuidade e fortalecimento do Gerco nas três esferas de governo, frente ao cenários da integração da gestão de recursos hídricos e zonas costeiras. "Atualmente, este tema é discutido no âmbito do Conselho Nacional de Recursos Hídricos (CNRH), com a participação de diversos atores ligados ao gerenciamento costeiro e marinho e presidido pela Gerência de Qualidade Costeira e do Ar, Secretaria de Mudanças Climáticas e Qualidade Ambiental do MMA", explicou Nicoladi.

Como forma de iniciar, na prática, a integração da gestão dos recursos hídricos e costeiros, ao final do II Workshop, será oferecido dentro do IX Encontro Nacional de Comitês de Bacias Hidrográficas, que começa no dia 24, o curso "Integração entre Instrumentos de Gestão Costeira e de Recursos Hídricos". No curso serão debatidos assuntos tratados pela Câmara Técnica de Integração da Gestão das Bacias Hidrográficas e dos Sistemas Estuarinos (CTCOST), como por exemplo, questões específicas de zona costeira na elaboração de planos de bacia.

9 de out de 2007

IMO leader calls for “new ethical mindset” as Brazil celebrates World Maritime Day

(Received by e-mail)

Speaking in Salvador, Brazil, at the third "Parallel Event" to celebrate World Maritime Day formally and officially outside of IMO's London base, Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has made a powerful call for a new ethical mindset if the world is to tackle effectively the current environmental challenges with which it is now faced.

The event, held on Friday, 14 September, took the form of a technical forum in which leading figures from the maritime community in Brazil took the opportunity, in the presence of representatives from several IMO member countries, to outline, from their perspective, the steps that had been taken in support of the theme for this year's World Maritime Day, "IMO's response to current environmental challenges." Speakers from Argentina and the United States of America were also present at what was an international event of significance.

Speaking at the opening of the forum, Mr. Mitropoulos drew attention to the considerable progress that had been made by shipping over many years to reduce its negative impact on the environment in a host of different arenas. IMO, as the specialized agency of the United Nations with the responsibility for creating the industry's regulatory framework governing such matters, has been both a focal point and a driving force for such efforts.

In particular, he mentioned IMO's work to regulate and reduce oil pollution; the use of harmful anti-fouling paint on ships' hulls; preparedness, response and co-operation in tackling pollution from oil and from hazardous and noxious substances; and the right of States to intervene on the high seas to prevent, mitigate or eliminate danger to their coastlines from pollution following a maritime casualty. IMO has also put in place a series of measures designed to ensure that the victims of pollution incidents can be financially compensated.

The issue of ship recycling has also become a growing concern, not only from the environmental point of view but also with regard to the occupational health and safety of workers in that industry. IMO is currently developing a new mandatory instrument providing legally-binding and globally-applicable ship-recycling regulations for international shipping and recycling facilities, which is due for adoption in the 2008 2009 biennium. And, in May of this year, IMO adopted a new Convention on the removal of wrecks that may present either a hazard to navigation or a threat to the marine and coastal environments, or both.

Mr. Mitropoulos spoke too of what is perhaps the biggest threat to our planet today, atmospheric pollution and the associated phenomenon of climate change. He outlined the considerable work that had already been undertaken by IMO and the shipping industry itself to reduce shipping's already minor contribution, overall, to harmful atmospheric emissions and went on to speak about the continuing work that the Organization is currently undertaking to ensure further reductions can be made.

In concluding the event, Mr. Mitropoulos drew attention to the unusual environmental pressures borne by the host country Brazil, as both a rapidly industrializing country experiencing dynamic economic growth, and as the guardian of unique environmental assets such as the Amazon rain forest.

"Historically," he said, "the march to full economic development has been partly at the expense of the earth's resources, to the extent that the fine natural equilibrium on which we all depend is now under threat. It will fall to countries like Brazil, and the other emerging economic powerhouses, to take a lead and find ways of ensuring that future growth and expansion takes full account of what we now know about the fragile state of the planet."

Mr. Mitropoulos said that mankind's unprecedented understanding of the effects of human activity puts us in a privileged position today, but also demands that we develop innovative solutions. He called for a "new ethical mindset" and said that the planet's future depends on whether the long-overdue lessons that we are now learning have come in time to make a real difference.

Finally, he expressed his thanks and appreciation to all speakers and participants for their contributions to the overall success of the event, and to the Government of Brazil, in particular the Brazilian Navy, for enabling the World Maritime Day Parallel Event to be held, for the first time, in South America and for signing a Memorandum of Understanding with IMO, through which Brazilian maritime will support IMO's technical assistance activities in Latin America and in other Portuguese speaking countries.  

World Maritime Day Parallel Event - background

When it was conceived some 30 years ago, World Maritime Day was intended to provide a common opportunity for Member Governments, the IMO Secretariat and international organizations in official relationship with IMO to give publicity to the International Maritime Organization and its work. The marking of the Day also provides Member Governments and organizations with the opportunity to organize suitable events, focusing on a specific theme chosen every year by the IMO Council, at various capitals and maritime centres all over the world.

Although this has been happening at national events in many countries since the inauguration of the Day, the only official international celebration has, until recently, been the diplomatic reception held annually at IMO's Headquarters in London. In 2005, Secretary-General Mitropoulos proposed that an additional official international celebration of World Maritime Day be held somewhere other than in London, perhaps with a different format. Such a development would provide an opportunity for the revitalization of the Day, which should not be allowed to become a routine exercise.

The IMO Council subsequently approved the proposals and, later in 2005, the inaugural World Maritime Day Parallel Event was held in Lisbon, Portugal. Last year, Singapore was the chosen venue. And this year, in what is rapidly becoming a firmly-established tradition, World Maritime Day went "on the road" for the third time, to the city of Salvador, in the State of Bahia, Brazil.

Briefing 31/2007, 18 September 2007

For further information please contact:
Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services on 020 7587 3153 (media@imo.org ) or
Natasha Brown, External Relations Officer on 020 7587 3274 ( media@imo.org).

8 de out de 2007

DISCO XXI - East-West Center - Honolulu, Hawaii - October 5 - 10, 2008

The twenty-first research symposium of a continuing series for new PhDs in chemical oceanography will be held October 5 – 10, 2008 at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will be jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with coordination by the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Purpose: The DISCO symposia brings together—in scientific discussion and interaction—chemical oceanography doctoral candidates soon to receive their degrees as well as new PhDs. This symposium will afford new and upcoming doctorate recipients in chemical oceanography a unique opportunity to present and discuss their dissertation research in an open forum with their professional peers. Since 1978, DISCO has brought together new ocean chemists from around the world to share the latest discoveries of the field and to forge professional relationships for the future.

Eligibility: Participation in DISCO XXI is by invitation only. To be an invited speaker at the symposium, an applicant must have received a doctorate from an accredited university after June 30, 2007, or alternatively, provide certification by the department chairman or college dean that, in all probability, the applicant will receive a degree before July 1, 2009. The applicant's dissertation thesis must deal with an important problem in ocean chemistry. Applications must be received by April 18, 2008. The applications will be evaluated by a screening committee and invitations issued by June 13, 2008.

Application for Attendance: Application forms are available from the website

or from

DISCO XXI/ American Institute of Biological Sciences
1900 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703.674.2500 x227 Fax: 703.674.2509
Email: disco@aibs.org

Pós-graduação em Oceanografia Química e Geológica - IOUSP

Processo seletivo para o Programa de Oceanografia Química e Geológica do Instituto Oceanográfico da USP.  
Período de inscrição: 17/9 a 20/10/2007
Maiores informações: http://posgrad.io.usp.br/arquivos/quimica/port/download/ingresso_OQG_2007.pdf