Latin America & the Caribbean

ITTO Tropical Forest Update Focuses on Timber Tracking [viewed]

ITTO logo29 July 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Tropical Forest Update with an editorial covering innovations to the tools and methods employed to track logs and finished wood products in developing countries. The update also reports on an ITTO project to track timber in Peru, as well as efforts by the Government of Cameroon to trace timber from community forests.

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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UNEP and INTERPOL Support Countries in Combating Illegal Logging [viewed]

UNEP25 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the results of a project implemented in collaboration with INTERPOL to combat illegal logging in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

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Global Initiative Bridges Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity International23 July 2013: Following outcomes from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), global leaders in agriculture and biodiversity joined together in July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to launch the Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative.

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International Land Coalition Synthesizes Issues on Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands [viewed]

ILCJuly 2013: Building on the goal of securing equitable access to land and resources for the rural poor, the International Land Coalition has published a synthesis paper, titled 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources.'

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CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms [viewed]

CITESJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that they undertook back-to-back legislative assistance missions to Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago from 10-21 June 2013.

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GSF Members Sign 16-Point Resolution, Prepare for 3rd International Congress [viewed]

guianashield14 June 2013: At a high-level meeting on the Guiana Shield Foundation (GSF) in Bogotá, Colombia, on 14 June 2013, Amapá State (Brazil), Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a resolution meant to foster collaboration on the conservation and sustainable development in the Guiana Shield eco-region.

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Event: Third International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield [viewed]

This meeting will convene under the theme, 'Biodiversity conservation and economic development: Defining green development of natural resources within the Guiana Shield'. The objective of this conference is to identify the impacts of economic development within the Guiana Shield on the environment, and to define measures to reach real green development within the region. Special attention will be given to rural communities with their traditional lifestyle and extensive traditional knowledge of living sustainably.  

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshops for the Caribbean on the Preparation of the Fifth National Report and on the Clearing-House Mechanism [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with support from the Governments of Japan and Saint Lucia, these two workshops will be held in parallel, aiming to strengthen capacities of the countries in the region for preparing their fifth national reports and for developing their national clearing-house mechanisms, respectively.  

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