Latin America & the Caribbean

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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Event: CBD High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources and Latin America Workshop on Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the third meeting of the second phase of the High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 will be held from 14-15 April 2014. This High-level Panel was constituted in 2013, with 15 expert members from all regions, with a mandate to assess the benefits of meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by examining both the positive impacts on biodiversity directly and the wider benefits to society that result from the investments and policy developments required. The meeting will be followed by the regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on resource mobilization, to be held from 15-17 April. The workshop is organized by the CBD Secretariat in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Its immediate objective and output is to support the development, in accordance with national circumstances, of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans.  

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Guest Article #21: Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA [viewed]

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. Ten million dollars will be invested in projects for the sustainable management of crop genetic resources in developing countries. A major focus is to develop seeds that are resilient to the effects of climate change and other threats to food security.

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Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ [viewed]

Oceans and Law of the Sea4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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WIPO IGC Refines Draft Articles on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expressions [viewed]

Wipo4 April 2014: Following two weeks of text-based negotiations, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) revised and forwarded to the WIPO General Assembly two sets of draft articles on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. These drafts, along with the draft on intellectual property and genetic resources forwarded by the IGC in February 2014, could form the basis of one or more international legal instruments.

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ICRI Secretariat Moves to Japan and Thailand [viewed]

ICRI4 April 2014: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat has changed hosts from Australia and Belize to Japan and Thailand, where it will remain until March 2016.

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