Latin America & the Caribbean

UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEP Logo26 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits.

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COMIFAC Council of Ministers Welcomes Regional Successes [viewed]

COMIFAC16 January 2014: The eighth meeting of the Council of Ministers to the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) met to provide advice and guidance to members and partners as well as the Executive Secretariat, approve the COMIFAC budget, and consider strategic directions.

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IMO Highlights 2014 Actions on Pollution Prevention, Marine Protection [viewed]

IMOJanuary 2015: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has highlighted a series of eight environmental protection actions undertaken throughout 2014, including revisions to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annexes on emission controls and implementation dates for cleaner engines and actions taken by its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).

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ITTO Update Explores Importance of Value-Added Enterprises [viewed]

IttoJanuary 2015: The last 2014 issue of Tropical Forest Update, published by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), focuses on value-added timber based industries in tropical countries. The update notes that such "downstream" industries can support sustainable forest management (SFM), provide significant livelihood and employment benefits and contribute to national economies.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Policy Update #3: Biodiversity in 2014: A Year in Review [viewed]

It's all about the bass, the bass….no treble…..The popular tune for 2014 was all about the base….the natural resource base and how it could support solutions to the world's development problems.

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Guest Article #28: CMS COP11: A Substantive Summary of Critical Outcomes [viewed]

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), coinciding with the Convention's 35th anniversary of being signed, was a watershed in many respects.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

usaid-bioversity10 December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America.

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UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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