Latin America & the Caribbean

GEF/World Bank Support Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 June 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank, has provided US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) for the conservation, expansion and management of national protected area systems and other biodiverse areas across the Eastern Caribbean. The CBF is part of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), a regional effort that aims to protect 20% of marine ecosystems in participating countries by 2020.

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Turkey Joins WAVES Partnership [viewed]

waves26 June 2014: Turkey has become the 70th participating country partner of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership, while two of the Partnership's eight core implementing countries, Guatemala and Indonesia, have advanced natural capital accounting (NCA) in consultation with the initiative.

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GCRMN, IUCN, UNEP Report Analyzes Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs [viewed]

UNEP-GCRMN-IUCN2 July 2014: Caribbean corals have declined more than 50% since the 1970s, according to ‘Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012.' The report identifies overfishing, pollution and tourism as the main threats to coral reefs and provides a series of recommendations to promote reef recovery and resilience.

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ABS Protocol Reaches 42 Ratifications [viewed]

Cbd Logo1 July 2014: The European Union (EU), Namibia and Samoa ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in May 2014, followed by Belarus, Guatemala, Spain and Uganda, which ratified in June 2014, and Vanuatu, which ratified on 1 July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 42.

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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Chair's Issue Paper Circulated in Preparation for WIPO IGC-28 [viewed]

WIPOJune 2014: In preparation for the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), IGC Chair Amb. Wayne McCook (Jamaica) has developed an Issues Paper, reflecting his view on possible cross-cutting issues that could be considered during the session.

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UNDP Works to Conserve Biodiversity, Ensure Sustainable Fisheries in Panama [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama have worked to integrate biodiversity conservation into fishing and tourism in Panama's archipelagos.

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On Eve of Standing Committee, CITES Supports Projects in Paraguay and Iran [viewed]

CITES30 June 2014: On the eve of the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) participated in a seminar on building the legal capacity in Paraguay to address illicit wildlife trade, and visited a sturgeon aquaculture facility in Iran.

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Ministers at UNEA Adopt Outcome Document [viewed]

Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, poses for a photo with President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ministers, heads of delegation and UN executive officers at UNEA's high level segment27 June 2014: The High-Level Segment of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted a Ministerial Outcome Document pledging the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns and action against illegal trade in wildlife.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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