Latin America and the Caribbean

CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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Port State Measures Agreement on IUU Fishing Moves Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

USA Flag11 February 2016: US President Barack Obama has signed the instrument that will allow the US to join the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, following the passage by Congress of the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 and bringing the US in line to become the 20th party to the Agreement. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing aims to strengthen international efforts to address IUU fishing and to contribute to sustainable fisheries management and governance at all levels.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership [viewed]

au_fao5 February 2016: The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched a €41 million ‘Action Against Desertification' project that aims to support six African countries - Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal - with the large-scale restoration of production landscapes affected by desertification and land degradation. The project is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme of support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

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WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA [viewed]

wavesFebruary 2016: Research teams from Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco have presented to policymakers the findings of the Global Development Network's (GDN) one-year project on natural resource and wealth accounting. The three project teams focused on, inter alia, coastal degradation, land and water use, and how resource depletion affects the economy. Participants, including from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, discussed lessons learned from the project, how to link the work with other initiatives, and how to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers.

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CIFOR Publication Explores Impacts of Land-Use Changes in Tropical Landscapes [viewed]

agrarian_change_tropical_landscapesFebruary 2016: A new publication, titled ‘Agrarian change in tropical landscapes,' documents the results of a research project that explored what happens when significant environmental change occurs in forested tropical landscapes, primarily driven by agricultural development. Coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Agrarian Change project conducted in-depth studies of seven landscapes around the world that exhibit various scenarios of changing forest cover, agricultural modification, and integration with local and global commodity markets.

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Event: ITTO/FAO/CABI Caribbean Workshop on Forest Products [viewed]

Jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), this workshop will address, among other issues: current statistical systems and the status of collection, analysis and dissemination of forest products statistics; methodologies used to collect and report on forest products production and trade; use of forest products statistics at the country level; and the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire.  

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"Little" Book Supports Sustainable Landscape Management [viewed]

little_sustainable_bookJanuary 2016: 'The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book: Achieving sustainable development through integrated landscape management' aims to clarify and disseminate sustainable landscape management methods and catalyze their implementation across private and public sectors worldwide. The book was produced by experts from the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), EcoAgriculture Partners, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with additional support and funding from diverse bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

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Event: First Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of the High Andean Flamingos and their Habitats [viewed]

The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS1) will take into consideration the draft action plan prepared in Antofagasta, Chile as well as other issues related to the coordination of the MOU and the conservation of high Andean wetlands.  

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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