Latin America & the Caribbean

UNESCO Announces Book on Biospheres in Chile [viewed]

UNESCO27 March 2014: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the publication of 'Reservas de la Biosfera de Chile — Laboratorios para la Sustentabilidad.' The book seeks to generate research and improve the management of Chilean biosphere reserves, as well as motivate the interest of the Chilean population in the uniqueness of the ecosystems and human livelihoods in the reserves. 

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CIFOR Assesses Forest PES Project in Brazil [viewed]

CIFOR28 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the report, titled 'Promoting Forest Stewardship in the Bolsa Floresta Program - Local Livelihood Strategies and Preliminary Impacts,' which profiles the Bolsa Floresta project in Brazil, a payment for ecosystem services (PES) program targeting forest dwellers in "Sustainable Development Reserves."

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Experts Meet to Develop Action Plan for Pacific Loggerhead Turtle [viewed]

CMS27 March 2014: Fifteen experts convened to develop a Single Species Action Plan for the Pacific Loggerhead Turtle, agreeing that key threats to this species include bycatch in fisheries, entanglement and ingestion of marine debris. 

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Case Study Reviews Forest and Farm Facility Experiences in Nicaragua [viewed]

iucn-fao-iied24 March 2014: In a case study titled 'Multi-stakeholder Governance Strengthens Sustainable Livelihoods in Bosawas, Nicaragua,' the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners review stakeholder coordination for forest management in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Nicaragua.

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Event: CBD Latin America Capacity-building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

This regional workshop aims to assist participants in building capacity towards the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), in particular the provisions concerning traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.  

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World Water Development Report 2014 Highlights Water and Energy Challenges [viewed]

WWAP21 March 2013: The World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2014 ‘Water and Energy,' produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), which is hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), highlights that those people lacking access to improved sanitation and drinking water are often the same as those not connected to an electric power grid, and examines the close interconnections between water and energy.

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UNFF Special Event Marks International Day of Forests [viewed]

Unff21 March 2014: In commemoration of the second International Day of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized a special event under the theme, ‘Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development,' which included a panel discussion on ‘Women as agents of change for forests and sustainable development.'

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AHEG Discusses Future of IAF, UNFF [viewed]

Unff13 March 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the advance version of the report of the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG 1). AHEG 1 took place on 24-28 February 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Bioversity to Support Plant Genetic Resources Use for Agricultural Adaptation in Mesoamerica [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International has released a Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen the Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change (SAPM) 2014-2024, a ten-year roadmap that aims to increase food security and agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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Bioversity International Explores Dry Forest Restoration in Colombia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International released a poster report on best practices and protocols for ecosystem restoration in tropical dry forests in Colombia, where only 8% of original extent remains. The report notes the importance of selecting species and designing restoration interventions based on genetic considerations, species functional traits and the projected impacts of climate change. 

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