Latin America & the Caribbean

Guest Article #17: CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime [viewed]

The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-14 March 2013, took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article.

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UNFF10 Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Stresses Involvement and Participation [viewed]

10 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) convened a multi-stakeholder dialogue that examined sustainable forest management (SFM), financing, the implementation of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests, and the achievement of the four global objectives on forests.

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Ramsar STRP Newsletter Reports on its 17th Meeting [viewed]

8 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has released the first issue for 2013 of the newsletter of its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which features articles on the 17th meeting of the STRP, which was held in February 2013, Ramsar's engagement in the post-2015 development agenda consultation on water, and a key biodiversity area criteria and delineation workshop, which was held in March in Front Royal, Virginia, US.

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Honduras Designates Two Coastal Wetlands as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

9 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Honduras has designated two new coastal wetlands as Ramsar sites, bringing the total number of Wetlands of International Importance for this country to eight.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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WHMSI Approves Six Migratory Marine Species Projects for Funding [viewed]

21 March 2013: The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI) has approved funding for six projects under its Small Grant Fund. The decision, taken during the WHMSI Steering Committee meeting on 28-29 January 2013, follows a call for proposals issued during the fall of 2012.

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IDB 2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Climate Change, Water Lending [viewed]

IDB13 March 2013: The eighth edition of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Sustainability Report indicates that, during the fiscal year 2012, the Bank surpassed its 2015 target of committing over one-fourth of its lending to projects dealing with climate change, sustainable energy and environmental sustainability.

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Event: ITPGR Technical Workshop for Strengthening the Capacities of the National Programmes in Latin America [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), this technical workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of the National Programmes on Plant Genetic Resources in Latin America (CAP-FITOGEN). The workshop will: contribute to the improvement of skills and capacity of the technical staff in the area of conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; promote the use and adoption of several data management tools adapted to the needs of the national programmes of the region; and gather information on the need to further develop new tools within the framework of the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources.

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Brazil's SiBBr Surveys National Biodiversity Data and Informatics Capacity [viewed]

15 March 2013: Brazil's Sistema de Informação sobre a Biodiversidade Brasileira (SiBBr) has launched a survey of the data on biodiversity and ecosystems held by over 200 institutions across the country.

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IDB Launches Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 March 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched a Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Program (BSE) to help Latin America and the Caribbean leverage its natural capital to protect the environment while promoting sustainable development.

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