Latin America and the Caribbean

MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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US, Colombia, Designate Ramsar Sites Ahead of COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar27 April 2015: The Governments of Colombia and the US have designated new Ramsar sites, ahead of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP 12) in June 2015.

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LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation [viewed]

common_ocean_blue_solutions22 April 2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IDB, IWA Launch World's First Rating Agency for the Water Sector [viewed]

idb_iwaMarch 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Water Association (IWA) have jointly developed and established the world's first rating agency for the water sector. The agency, called AquaRating, helps water and sanitation utilities improve management and performance; establishes the international standard for assessing water and sanitation services provision; and provides an impartial and credible evaluation of performance and management practices.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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International Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Manage and Conserve Global Groundwater [viewed]

groundwater_governance13 April 2015: A consortium of international organizations launched a framework for action to better manage and conserve global groundwater resources, calling for collective action at local, national and, where appropriate, trans-boundary levels to protect aquifers from depletion, pollution and saltwater intrusion.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Supports Peruvian Potato Farmers [viewed]

ITPGR8 April 2015: A project supported by the Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has helped more than 440 Peruvian potato farmers conserve and manage their native potato varieties through the establishment of seed orchards in 23 communities as well as through other activities.

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Event: 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

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