Latin America & the Caribbean

Policy Update #1: International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events [viewed]

In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros[1], elephants[2] and apes[3], a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime.

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CMS Invites Contributions to Central Asia Large Mammals Initiative [viewed]

CMS3 February 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties and interested stakeholders to contribute to an initiative targeting the conservation of large mammals in the wider central Asian region.  

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ITPGR Secretariat Holds Event on Benefit-sharing During International Green Week [viewed]

ITPGR17 January 2014: An event on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), held on 17 January 2014 in Berlin, Germany, convened as part of International Green Week 2014. The event focused on the importance of strengthening funding for the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, which supports projects in developing countries, and the enhancement of the Treaty's Multilateral System of access and benefit-sharing, which enables the exchange of plant genetic material for food security throughout the world.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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Event: Towards a CMS Programme of Work on Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop will be convened by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) appointed Councilor for Climate Change, Colin Galbraith, in collaboration with the CMS Secretariat and Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), and with the support of Germany and Monaco. The goal of the workshop, pursuant to CMS COP Resolution 10.19, is to prepare a CMS Programme of Work on climate change and migratory species, through opportunities to share experiences and best practices, with regards to the impact of climate change on migratory species. The workshop will also assist Parties in developing national guidelines on measures to assist migratory species to adapt to climate change. The results of the workshop will be delivered to the Scientific Council and the eleventh meeting of the CMS COP (CMS COP11), as well as to the relevant bodies of other institutions including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). National Focal Points (NFPs) are invited to nominate an expert on climate change to participate in this workshop, by 1 March 2014.  

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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CGIAR Integrates TK and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities into Research [viewed]

CGIAR15 January 2015: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has highlighted its efforts to link traditional knowledge (TK) of farmers to laboratory and experimental field based research, as well as steps members of the Group are taking to secure the TK rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Italy Supports Bioversity International Research on Conservation of Crop Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International14 January 2014: The Government of Italy has made a pledge of support to Bioversity International to boost its research on the conservation of biodiversity in agricultural systems, including wild relatives of crops.

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CIFOR Outlines REDD+ Challenges in Peru [viewed]

CIFOR9 January 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a report on the drivers of deforestation in Peru, including the political and economic conditions under which Peru intends to achieve a national target of zero net deforestation by 2021.

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International Forum on Wetlands Focuses on Impact Assessment [viewed]

Ramsar30 December 2013: The 'International Forum on Wetlands: Relevance of planning and environmental impact assessment on the conservation and wise use of wetlands' highlighted the importance of planning and assessing environmental impact to achieve wise use of wetlands in the Americas.

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