Latin America & the Caribbean

UNESCO Project to Create South American Island Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCOOctober 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Programme is launching a three-year project to create and manage coastal biosphere reserves in areas and islands off the west coast of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. The Flemish Government of Belgium is providing financial support for the project.

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Bioversity Brochure Highlights Contributions to Aichi Targets [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalOctober 2014: Bioversity International has released a brochure on its contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The brochure highlights partnerships with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Event: Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America [viewed]

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

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GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD [viewed]

cbd-eu-itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity.

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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CMS Concludes COP 11 Regional Preparatory Workshops [viewed]

CMS28 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) concluded the last two of its four regional preparatory workshops for the upcoming eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CMS. These four workshops, held in Chile, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbabwe, were meant to inform National Focal Points (NFPs) on how to best advocate regional interests at COP 11.

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