Latin America & the Caribbean

Bioversity International, Embrapa Sign MoU to Advance Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

embrapa-bioversity24 November 2014: Bioversity International and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation on the role of agricultural biodiversity in developing sustainable food systems.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping [viewed]

IMO19 November 2013: Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Queen Conch Working Group Agrees to Regional Conservation Measures [viewed]

CITES20 November 2014: Experts from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) fisheries organizations and national Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) authorities from 23 countries met to develop a new set of regional, harmonized measures for the management and conservation of the queen conch.

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IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney' [viewed]

IUCN WPC 201420 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas (PAs) as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges.

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FAO-CIC Panel at WPC Discusses Hunting and Fishing in PAs [viewed]

FAO - CIC17 November 2014: Participants discussed the contribution of hunting and fishing in supporting community-based development and in the planning and management of protected areas (PAs) at a panel session organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The session took place at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC).

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Pan-American Regional Meeting on Ramsar Prepares for COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar17 November 2014: The 6th Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provided input to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction [viewed]

IUCN17 November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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