Latin America & the Caribbean

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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ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund.

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Global Landscapes Forum Launches Initiatives and Publications [viewed]

cifor-undp-fao-unep7 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened the 6-7 December 2014 at the margins of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), launched a number of major publications and initiatives while bringing together 1500 experts to discuss the role of landscapes approaches in addressing climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

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ICRAF Launches Climate-Smart Landscapes Publication at GLF [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 December 2014: A book titled ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice' was launched on the sidelines of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened in Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December 2014. The book, whose publication was led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), brings together research and case studies by 86 authors from 44 institutions on the tools, methods and pathways used to create sustainable multi-functional landscapes, particularly in the fight against climate change.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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FAO Recognizes Wangari Maathai Award Winner [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 24th edition of inFO news, its newsletter on forests, highlighting the efforts of the Wangari Maathai Award winner, Martha Ruiz Corzo, to protect the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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IUCN: Policy Matters More than Money for Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

iucn-birdlife-cefe1 December 2014: A study authored by scientists from the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International assesses the performance of individual nations and regions in meeting their responsibilities for global biodiversity conservation. It concludes that countries with consistent, conservation-oriented policies do a better job protecting biodiversity, and that performance is not necessarily tied to economic capacity.

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