Latin America & the Caribbean

Major Groups and Stakeholders Forward Input to First UNEA Meeting [viewed]

unea23 June 2014: Ahead of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) met to facilitate the preparations of Major Groups and Stakeholders towards the first UNEA, allowing them to discuss the main UNEA themes and to prepare their input to UNEA. UNEA will hold its first session on 23-27 June to discuss ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, including sustainable consumption and production (SCP).' The session will also address illegal trade in wildlife and related environmental crime.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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CIFOR Counters Misconceptions on Artisanal Logging in DRC [viewed]

CIFOR17 June 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released the results of a three-year long study, which concludes that, if well managed, artisanal logging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could sustain thousands of livelihoods and contribute to sustainable forest management (SFM).

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

This meeting will discuss the main challenges and threats facing island and coastal biosphere reserves, including climate change; water, energy and food self‐sufficiency; natural disasters; and waste management. Participants will share their perspectives and experiences on the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves, including on potential ways to address challenges and threats to reserves. Representatives of island and coastal biosphere reserves from Australia, Chile, China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Yemen are expected to attend.  

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UNESCO Adds 13 Sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO12 June 2014: The International Coordinating Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme has added 13 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Network now includes 631 sites in 119 countries, including 14 transboundary reserves.

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Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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MEA Knowledge Management Initiative Discusses Information Portal on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA9 June 2014: Four UN entities, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other key partners met for the fifth annual meeting of the Steering Committee of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM). The initiative, a knowledge management project within the UN system, seeks to develop harmonized information systems to facilitate the successful implementation of 18 MEAs.

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UNEP and Haiti Partner to Preserve Rare, Primary Forest [viewed]

UNEP7 June 2014: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Haiti announced a project to strengthen the protection of forests within Macaya National Park. The park encompasses some of the last primary forest remaining in Haiti and contains the highest number of endemic amphibian species in the world.

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Global Protections Proposed for 32 Species, including Lions, Sharks and Polar Bears [viewed]

mosaic_pr_species11 June 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that a total of 32 species have been proposed for listing into Appendix I, which requires strict protection and Appendix II, which requires coordinated management by the countries in which the species migrate. Two types of Hammerhead shark, the Silky shark, three species of Thresher sharks (Appendix II); the Asiatic lion (Appendix I) and African lions (Appendix II); and the polar bear (Appendix II) are among the species proposed for listing. 

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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