Latin America & the Caribbean

OAS Hosts Conference on Environmental Port Management [viewed]

OAS24 May 2012: Specialists from across the Americas met to discuss environmental issues involved with port management and development, and to advance a hemispheric agenda for the sustainable management of ports.

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CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs [viewed]

1 June 2012: Forty negotiators from CARIFORUM countries, which include Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, took part in a training workshop to better represent their national and regional interests in negotiations involving multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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CARICOM Stresses Climate Change and Disaster Management Cooperation with Japan [viewed]

25 May 2012: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of Yoshimasa Tezuka, new Plenipotentiary Representative of Japan to CARICOM, he stressed the importance of climate change and disaster management cooperation with Japan.

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Peruvian Cities Join UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

25 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that 14 Peruvian cities have joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign, following the launch of the campaign recruitment drive in Peru.

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UNEP Risoe Reports on Technology Needs Assessment Training [viewed]

UNEP Risoe24 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) has released the fourth volume of its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Newsletter, which features articles on: TNA training and capacity building activities; and country experiences from Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius and the Dominican Republic.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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UNEP Reports on Climate Finance Activities in ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP29 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released the May issue of its Update on carbon finance activities undertaken under the “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries Project.” Activities highlighted include: the redefinition of the institutional framework for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cuba; and an update on activities in the Pacific region.

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Event: IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas [viewed]

Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.  

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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UNDP, UNEP, WFP Support Reforestation of Haiti-Dominican Republic Border [viewed]

UNDP21 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on progress achieved in the reforestation of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic under a project titled Green Border, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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