Latin America & the Caribbean

Costa Rica Joins ITTA, 2006 [viewed]

ITTO FAO6 November 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced the accession of the sixty-seventh Party, Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006).

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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Environmental Management Group Appoints Director [viewed]

emgOctober 2013: The Environmental Management Group (EMG) has announced the appointment of Elliott Harris as Director of the EMG Secretariat. Harris, a national of the Bahamas, is based in the New York office.

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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Land Tenure Journal Focuses on Fisheries Tenure [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Land Tenure Journal, an open-access journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has released a thematic issue focusing on fisheries tenure, with articles on fisheries in Grenada, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Southeast Asia.

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ICRI Announces New Draft Strategy to Curb Lionfish Invasions [viewed]

ICRI11 October 2013: The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) announced that the Regional Lionfish Committee (RLC), also known as Ad Hoc Committee for the Caribbean Regional Response to the Lionfish Invasion, has coordinated the development of a regional Strategy to guide action by stakeholders concerned with, and impacted by, the lionfish invasion. 

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Ecosystem Service Site-Assessment Toolkit [viewed]

Unep-WcmcOctober 2013: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), together with BirdLife International and 13 other institutions, has developed 'The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA).' TESSA is intended to guide non-specialists through a selection of methods to identify site-specific ecosystem services and specifies "winners" and "losers" as a result of the change of ecosystem service availability.

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IPBES Regional Consultations Reports Available in Preparation for IPBES-2 [viewed]

ipbesOctober 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has concluded a series of regional consultations, for which the reports are now available. The consultations were held in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa region), Budapest, Hungary (Eastern Europe region), Sao Paolo, Brazil (Latin American and the Caribbean region), Leipzig, Germany (Pan-European Stakeholder group) and Ramsar City, Iran (Asia region).

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Second Committee Organizes Work for 68th Session [viewed]

UNGA9 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational meeting for the 68th Session, electing the Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur, reviewing and approving the calendar of meetings, and discussing proposed changes to the Committee's working methods.

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Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level Debate [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.

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