Latin America and the Caribbean

ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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PROFOR Launches Toolkit of Forest Control and Supervision [viewed]

PROFOR20 July 2015: Supported by the Program on Forests (PROFOR) and the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance trust fund (FLEG-TF), the 'Toolkit of Forest Control and Supervision: Practical Field Guidance' aims to provide low-cost, hands-on tools for forest management. It also contains a component focused on logging contracts with indigenous peoples' and communities.

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SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training [viewed]

SPREP14 July 2015: The 18th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) discussed the implementation of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (PAs) across the Pacific region.

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Study Provides Valuation of Benefits of Indonesian Forests [viewed]

unorcid8 July 2015: A report undertaken by the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) concluded that an additional US$600 million annually is needed to maintain current Indonesian forest cover and enable forests to deliver critical ecosystem services, with REDD+ acting as a catalyst for the rehabilitation of forest and forest ecosystem services.

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Features National Experiences [viewed]

faonewsJuly 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the July 2015 newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition features country experiences from Cambodia, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and South Africa in using the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines).

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UNDP, FNC Collaborate in Colombia to Grow Sustainable Coffee [viewed]

UNDPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) to help transform the coffee landscape in Colombia, specifically in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Nariño and Quindio, by promoting an innovative and integrated approach that delivers social, economic and environmental benefits to communities.

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World Heritage Committee Grants Heritage Status to Biodiversity-Rich Sites in Jamaica, South Africa, Viet Nam [viewed]

world-hereditage-coonvention8 July 2015: During its 39th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed 24 new sites to UNESCO's World Heritage List and made significant modifications to the boundaries of three additional ones, including cultural, natural and mixed properties. The inscriptions include the Blue and John Crow Mountains in Jamaica, the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and extension of the boundaries of the Cape Floral Region Protected Area in South Africa and of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Viet Nam, as well as many cultural sites around the globe.

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ICRAF Examines Landscape Approaches in Africa and LAC [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2015: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a chapter, titled ‘Integrated landscape initiatives in practice: assessing experiences from 191 landscapes in Africa and Latin America,' in a book addressing ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality In Practice.' The chapter explains that landscape approaches are being undertaken more frequently in order to realize positive outcomes related to agricultural production, ecosystem conservation, rural livelihoods and multi-stakeholder coordination.

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Poverty, Climate, Indicators in Focus of Stakeholder Input [viewed]

post2015July 2015: Civil society and other stakeholders issued policy briefs and articles with proposals and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing, inter alia: the multi-dimensional poverty index; indicators; follow-up and review; the June version of the post-2015 zero draft; and potential impacts of climate change on achieving the SDGs.

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