Latin America & the Caribbean

UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP9 October 2014: A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly.

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WAVES Highlights NCA Trainings, Capacity Building [viewed]

waves9 October 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) programme released its October 2014 newsletter, which highlights trainings and capacity building on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA).

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CBD and ITTO Renew Partnership for Tropical Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

CBD ITTO17 October 2014: Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending the 'Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity' until 2020.

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GEF Reports on Support for ABS Capacity Building [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a review of its support for capacity building and implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) provisions on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS), as well as for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

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Event: World Resources Forum 2014 [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Shaping the Future of Natural Resources,' the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2014 conference is expected to draw more than 500 participants ranging from researchers to policymakers, and businesses to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the public. The 2014 conference agenda will comprise high-level and plenary sessions, workshops and scientific sessions. The workshops, organized by WRF partners, will address topics regarding: global targets for sustainable natural resource use; circular economy; eco-parks; resource wisdom in cities; sustainable recycling industries; diversification of the energy matrix; and decoupling strategies for sustainable development. Scientific sessions are expected to include presentations by over 100 scientists and researchers from all around the world on themes including: innovation for resource efficiency; policies and stakeholder participation; recycling industries and cities; and forestry and climate change. The WRF 2014 will also seek to provide inputs for discussions at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa [viewed]

FAOOctober 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.'

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ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership [viewed]

ITTO CITES15 October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products [viewed]

emgSeptember 2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy.

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Third BioTrade Congress Discusses Sustainable Business, Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

unctad.cbd12 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized its third BioTrade Congress under the theme, 'Promoting Sustainable use through Business Engagement.' The Congress sought to identify tools for fostering the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services, and highlighted best practices and offered recommendations for activities in a range of industries, including cosmetics, traditional medicine, fashion design and tourism.

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