5th June – World Environment Day 2014

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The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle to encourage people to take action for the environment. Since 2000, WED has grown to be a global platform, widely celebrated in over 100 countries. In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, this year’s theme is `Small Island Developing States and Climate Change`. The official slogan is `Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level`.

DEVOTES scientists are deeply involved in climate change research: their main goal is to understand the relationships between human pressures and climatic influences and their effects on marine biodiversity.

More specifically, one of the main objectives of the Work Package 1 Human Pressures and Climate Change is to define mechanisms and tools to evaluate the effects of managed and unmanaged pressures on biodiversity, together with the effects of climate change.

DEVOTES researchers are currently evaluating the effect of climate change on biological descriptors of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), their results will be made available on the DEVOTES dedicated webpage.

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More information on the World Environment Day:  http://www.unep.org/wed/