Latin America & the Caribbean

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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IPBES Issues Second Call for Nominations of Experts [viewed]

ipbes3 April 2014: In a letter dated 2 April 2013, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued an invitation to governments and stakeholders to nominate experts to explore a set of regional and sub-regional assessments, and a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. 

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New Species Listed under CITES Appendix III [viewed]

CITES2 April 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that Nicaragua, Pakistan and the Russian Federation have requested the Secretariat to list sixteen new species in CITES Appendix III. The new listings will enter into force on 24 June 2014. 

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WECAFC Issues Recommendations on Grouper, Snapper and Queen Conch [viewed]

fao-wecafc31 March 2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) adopted management recommendations on queen conch and spawning aggregations of grouper and snapper at its 15th biennial session. The Commission also adopted resolutions, the first in its 40-year existence.

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Updated FAO Database Shows Increasing Aquaculture Output Globally [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The global volume of aquaculture output is comparable to that of capture fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Global Aquaculture Production Volume and Value Statistics Database. FAO updated this volume and its database to 2012.

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Bioversity Presents Action Plan for Mesoamerican Biodiversity and Agriculture Adaptation [viewed]

Bioversity International31 March 2014: Bioversity International has released the 'Strategic Action Plan to Strengthen Conservation and Use of Mesoamerican Plant Genetic Resources (PRG) in Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change' (SAPM). SAPM provides a ten-year road map for PGR conservation and use as means to improve food security and realize agricultural adaptation to climate change.

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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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