Latin America & the Caribbean

Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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Event: CBD Workshop for the Caribbean on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for the Caribbean will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support Parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

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CMS Releases Draft Assessment of MOUs for Comment [viewed]

CMS16 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has invited parties to comment on the 'Assessment of the CMS Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and their Viability,' as called for by CMS Resolution 10.9, Annex 1, activity 5.3. 

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CMS Parties Discuss Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species [viewed]

CMS14 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has reported on a workshop at which national representatives and experts on climate change discussed a Programme of Work for CMS member States on combating the effects of climate change on migratory animals. 

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Pacific Countries Agree on EPA Negotiations with EU [viewed]

PIFS12 April 2014: The Pacific countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have requested an Economic Participation Agreement (EPA) negotiation with the EU by the end of April 2014, following a discussion of outstanding issues among the Pacific ACP countries. Officials emphasized that the EPA provisions should promote the sustainable development of the region's fisheries, while ensuring that Pacific peoples benefit from fisheries trade. 

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FAO and ITTO Discuss PES in Tropical Forests [viewed]

ITTO FAO11 April 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) of Costa Rica convened a workshop on payments for environmental services (PES) aimed at building understanding of the importance of PES in tropical forests, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

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UEBT Survey Says Consumers Want Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

UEBT8 April 2014: According to the 2014 Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer, while 87% of consumers surveyed worldwide want companies to adopt sourcing policies that respect biodiversity, only 27% of the top 100 beauty and personal care companies cite biodiversity on their websites or in their corporate sociability reports. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, highlighted that 84% of respondents place value on personally contributing to biodiversity conservation. 

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