Latin America & the Caribbean

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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Event: CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America [viewed]

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points for the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11).  

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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Bolivia Recognizes Custodian Farmers in the Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

iniaf30 May 2014: The Bolivian National Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Innovation (INIAF) has recognized "custodian farmers" as key actors in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity, giving them equal status to gene bank managers in the Bolivian National Plant Genetic Resources System.

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GEF Assembly Discusses Facility's Next Four Years [viewed]

Captura de pantalla 2014-06-01 a la(s) 18.36.3329 May 2014: The fifth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly, which convened from 28-29 May, in Cancun, Mexico, highlighted and discussed the GEF2020 Strategy along with the mission and vision guiding the GEF going forward. 

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