Latin America and the Caribbean

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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Guest Article #38: Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is set to enter into force on 12 October 2014, and the first Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (COP MOP 1) will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in South Korea. The Protocol has somewhat set a record in terms of the length of time it took to establish a legally binding framework to deal with implementation of Article 15 of the CBD, which came into force on 29 December 1993.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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CMS SakerGaP to Support Conservation of Saker Falcons [viewed]

CMS8 October 2014: The Coordinating Unit of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced that the Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP) is now available online at the CMS website.

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico Collaborating On Mesoamerican Reef Project [viewed]

GEFOctober 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided an update on its ‘Integrated Transboundary Ridges-to-Reef Management of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR2R)' project, which is using a holistic approach to address threats to the Mesoamerican reef. The regional, cross-border project promotes reef conservation in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

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Event: 25th IUFRO World Congress [viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

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CPF Wangari Maathai Award Presented to Mexican Environmentalist [viewed]

CFP6 October 2014: The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati' Ruiz Corzo has been honored with the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her efforts to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in Mexico. A special Honorable Mention was given to the late Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty for his work to end illegal deforestation in Cambodia and protect the rights of indigenous forest dwellers.

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Database Provides Genetic Markers for Tropical Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)17 September 2014: An interactive open-access database, called tropiTree, provides detailed information on genetic markers for 24 species of trees, which are important to smallholders in tropical agroforestry systems. Reduced sequencing costs made the development of the genetic markers in the database possible for ‘non-model' (or genetically under-researched) species.

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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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