Latin America and the Caribbean

ICRAF Launches Climate-Smart Landscapes Publication at GLF [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 December 2014: A book titled ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice' was launched on the sidelines of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened in Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December 2014. The book, whose publication was led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), brings together research and case studies by 86 authors from 44 institutions on the tools, methods and pathways used to create sustainable multi-functional landscapes, particularly in the fight against climate change.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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World Bank Supports REDD+ Local Participation in the Amazon [viewed]

Worldbanklogo4 December 2014: Reflecting on the important role of indigenous peoples and local communities in preserving forests, a World Bank feature story explores examples of community participation in REDD+ projects in Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

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IAEA, FAO Use Nuclear Techniques to Combat Soil Degradation [viewed]

fao-iaea4 December 2014: A number of projects utilizing nuclear techniques and undertaken jointly by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have led to a significant decrease in soil degradation in several countries. Such techniques can help protect soil from degradation, which affects 1.9 billion hectares of land or 65% of global soil resources, according to IAEA, which also estimates that soil erosion, the main driver of degradation, results in an annual loss of 75 billion tons of fertile soil, and costs approximately US$400 billion annually.

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Costa Rica Announces Temporary Retirement from Coalition for Rainforest Nations [viewed]

costarica30 November 2014: The Government of Costa Rica has announced its temporary retirement from the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovernmental organization aimed to promote the responsible stewardship of the world's tropical rainforests.

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FAO Recognizes Wangari Maathai Award Winner [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 24th edition of inFO news, its newsletter on forests, highlighting the efforts of the Wangari Maathai Award winner, Martha Ruiz Corzo, to protect the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

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FAO, Bolivia Partner on Forest Protection [viewed]

FAO24 November 2014: Participants from 17 producer groups across Bolivia participated in a Market Analysis and Training (MA&D) supported by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF).

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CIF Releases Semi-annual Report on FIP [viewed]

CIF19 November 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its semi-annual operational report on the Forest Investment Program (FIP) highlighting the completion of the programming process in eight countries and announcing that US$595 million has been pledged by FIP.

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FCPF Presents Progress Update to FIP [viewed]

Forest Carbon19 November 2014: The Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee heard a progress update from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which highlighted that 11 additional countries have been selected for inclusion in FCPF and that a Readiness Assessment Framework and a Methodological Framework have been approved for the FCPF Readiness Fund and Carbon Fund, respectively.

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CIFOR Event Identifies Lessons from Sub-National REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference titled 'REDD+ Emerging?: What We Can Learn from Sub-National Initiatives.' The event's speakers, starting from the premise that sub-national initiatives provide the context in which national and international policies must operate, considered both the challenges sub-national REDD+ initiatives face and ways to align local and national level actions.

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