Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement [viewed]

oic15 April 2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others.

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2016: At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), environment ministers from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CSO Contributions Highlight Forestry in SDGs, Poverty-Inequality Linkages, Governance [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: Recent papers and articles by civil society organizations (CSOs) address: forestry in Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) implementation; the relationship between poverty and inequality; SDG 16 on good governance; and the indicators for the Goals. This piece highlights contributions from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Southern Voice, and Transparency International, among others.

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Adapting to Climate Challenges, Indigenous Mountain Farmers Exchange Seeds and Traditional Practices [viewed]

iied_mp30 March 2016: A Tajikistan workshop with indigenous mountain farmers from 10 countries endorsed the 'Tuggoz Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples,' which calls for protecting indigenous farming systems and landscapes through the legal recognition of Biocultural Heritage Territories. The declaration calls for indigenous peoples' rights to land, natural resources; for traditional knowledge to be fully respected in all mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes; and for the full and effective implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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Study Reveals Significant Gaps in Collections of Crop Wild Relatives for Global Food Security and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

ciat_kew21 March 2016: A study by researchers of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew reveals gaps in the conservation of crop wild relatives (CWR) of agricultural food crops, including crops important for food security in developing countries, such as banana and plantain, cassava, sorghum and sweet potato.

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World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted [viewed]

world_water_day22 March 2016: On the occasion of World Water Day, UN agencies highlighted water stress as a problem for economic growth and human health, and called for decoupling water use from economic growth through holistic water management plans that take into account the entire water cycle.

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4th World Congress Adopts 10-year Roadmap for Biosphere Reserves, Approves 20 New Sites [viewed]

mab-unesco19 March 2015: Around 1,000 participants attending the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves approved a new 10-year Action Plan for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), aimed at enhancing synergies with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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WAVES Policy Briefing Discusses NCA for PES Design, Workshop Links Biodiversity to National Accounting [viewed]

wavesMarch 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) has highlighted a February 2016 workshop that brought together experts to develop methods to link biodiversity and economics. Participants at the event, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK, agreed that biodiversity accounts should include species diversity and trends that channel into ecosystem services, which people value in both biophysical and monetary terms, such as crop pollinators, wildlife and wild-caught fish and game.

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Event: Annual Meeting of the Central American Cooperative Program for Crop and Animal Improvements (IYP 2016) [viewed]

Convened as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), this regional conference will discuss regional strategies for food security, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, rural and territorial development, family farming and agricultural innovations to improve yields through the efficient use of natural resources. A key objective of the conference will be to promote the production and consumption of beans, as one of the most important sources of protein in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries participating in the Central American Cooperative Program for Crops and Animal Improvements (PCCMCA) are Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Puerto Rico.  

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