Welcome to the first Blue Economy Bulletin of 2020. This year sees work beginning for the GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA Project on Implementation of the Arafura and Timor Seas Regional and National Strategic Action Programs Phase (ATSEA2). For this, the project is seeking to hire a number of individuals to take part in the project in various roles. Preference is for individuals from the four ATSEA countries: Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.
There is good news for the world's tuna, as there are reports that 8 formerly overfished tuna stocks are thought to now be sustainable and a group of Indonesian companies have committed to improving their longline tuna fishing. Meanwhile new rules have been established to protect rays in the Pacific.
An increase in low-carbon energy generation mean that 2019 saw no increase in energy-related greenhouse gas production compared to 2018. 2019 also saw a record for the amount of money issued as green bonds. However, new research has called into question the carbon sequestration impacts of marine snow.
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