Latin America & the Caribbean

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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WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS [viewed]

waves10 September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects.

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SPREP to Host Regional Protected Areas and Biodiversity Hub [viewed]

sprep.biopama10 September 2014: The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme has announced a partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Through the partnership, SPREP will serve as the host of the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region.

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Event: ACAP AC8 Meeting [viewed]

The Eighth Meeting of the Advisory Committee (AC8) of the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) will consider proposals brought forward by Parties to list new species within the Agreement. Reports on current work programmes and those proposed for the next triennium for both Advisory Committee and Secretariat will also be addressed.  

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TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics [viewed]

CIFOR8 September 2014: Highlighting the importance of tropical forest monitoring, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the launch of the Tropical Managed Forests Observatory (TMFO). The purpose of TMFO is to examine the impacts of selective logging on forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asia.

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WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management [viewed]

fao-wecafcSeptember 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) has released the report of its 15th Session. The report highlights the adoption of four regional fisheries management recommendations and five resolutions, including on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure.

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Event: Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

DIVERSITAS, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Council for Science's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ICSU ROLAC) will hold a side event at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, on the topic 'Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean: A science-policy dialogue for academic research'. This side event will introduce the relevance of article 8.a of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) for facilitated access for academic research, and highlight the importance of a science-policy dialogue to implement ABS and the benefits derived from research.  

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MIDORI Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

cbd-midori8 September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced the winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014. Established in 2012, the MIDORI Prize is an international prize honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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