Latin America and the Caribbean

PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015 [viewed]

PROFORJanuary 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

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CELAC Countries Commit to Eradicating Hunger by 2025 [viewed]

celac27 January 2016: The members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) approved a declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement the CELAC Plan for Food and Nutrition Security and the Eradication of Hunger 2025, and reiterating their request for support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland [viewed]

unep_gems_water27 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid.

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IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling [viewed]

iwc21 January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016.

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FAO Provides Guidance on Sustainable Intensification of Cereal Production [viewed]

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: A guide published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides an overview of the FAO's model of ecosystem-based agriculture, called 'Save and Grow,' and presents case studies of its application around the world. The model is used to increase cereal yields while rendering production systems more sustainable and resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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Caribbean Region Slow to Address IUU, Reports FAO Brief [viewed]

fao_issue_brief18 January 2016: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing represents one of the largest threats to sustainable fishing and marine biodiversity and hinders the Caribbean region's efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks, according to an issue brief on the topic by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.

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GFFA 2016 Highlights Agriculture and Food Security for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

gffa16 January 2016: The 2016 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) resulted in a Communiqué from the agriculture ministers of 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The ministers call for ensuring food security for cities and rural areas through: sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture; efficient, reliable supply and value chains; and vibrant rural areas.

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SC66 Addresses Compliance and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Advance of CITES CoP17 [viewed]

cites15 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC66) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed a long agenda to advance the conservation and sustainable use of fauna and flora, and address wildlife crime.

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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Governance of Tenure Newsletter Highlights Civil Society Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The December 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Governance of Tenure newsletter features a discussion of a training programme for civil society organizations (CSOs) to enhance their use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines). Launched in 2014 and co-implemented by FAO and FIAN International, with financial support from Belgium, the programme has developed and tested a modular framework to enhance the capacities of CSOs in Guatemala, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Senegal and South Africa.

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