Latin America & the Caribbean

ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members [viewed]

Itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security.

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GEF, World Bank Partner to Manage Migratory Fish Stocks in Coastal Areas, ABNJ [viewed]

World Bank - GEF24 September 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), approved a project to improve the management of migratory fish stocks in coastal areas and areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in four marine regions. The US$10 million project aims to maintain the economic benefits of sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean; Bay of Bengal; Western and Central Pacific; and the Eastern Pacific regions.

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FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators [viewed]

Forest Europe FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators.

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Countries Adopt Declaration on Conservation of Large Migratory Mammals in Central Asia [viewed]

CMS25 September 2014: Kyrgyzstan and the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) hosted a stakeholder meeting on the conservation of large mammals in Central Asia. A declaration was adopted wherein Parties agreed on the development of a Programme of Work for the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI) 2014-2020.

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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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