Latin America & the Caribbean

World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

wcip23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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ECLAC Report Tracks Progress in Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: According to a report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), indigenous peoples in Latin America have seen improvement in terms of their access to health care and education, political participation and recognition of territorial rights. However, significant gaps still exist, according to 'Guaranteeing Indigenous People's Rights in Latin America: Progress in the Past Decade and Remaining Challenges,' launched during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), taking place from 22-23 September 2014, at UN headquarters in New York, US.

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World Bank-GEF Project Will Triple Brazil's MPAs [viewed]

World Bank - GEF19 September 2014: The World Bank Board of Directors approved a Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Project that will increase the area of Brazil's oceans under protection, from 5.5 million to 17.5 million hectares. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project is expected to benefit 43 million coastal inhabitants through economic, environmental and social benefits that will improve local livelihoods.

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CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime [viewed]

INTERPOL - GRID-ArendalSeptember 2014: INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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Event: International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) and the facilitator of REGATTA's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Community of Practice, Practical Action Latin America, are co-organizing this meeting of members of the EbA Community of Practice to strengthen the network, discuss regional experiences in EbA and identify opportunities for collaboration.  

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IWC65 Adopts Resolutions on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Migratory Cetacean Species [viewed]

iwc18 September 2014: Delegates adopted several resolutions at the 65th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), including resolutions on aboriginal subsistence whaling, whaling under special permit and highly migratory cetacean species. IWC 65 also agreed on resolutions related to its Scientific Committee (SC), civil society participation and transparency at the IWC as well as its programme of work for its two year inter-sessional period.

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CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays [viewed]

CITES14 September 2014: Stronger shark and manta rays protections have come into force. International trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally.

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Land Use a Focus at 7th ESP Conference [viewed]

esp12 September 2014: In his opening address to the 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, said that understanding ecosystem services is critical for enhancing resilience.

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Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation [viewed]

idb-fontagro11 September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia.

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