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Latest News - 16 September 2014
Latin American Regional Programme on Energy Efficiency Launched
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12_September 2014: Representatives from several international organizations and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Governments officially launch a Regional Energy Efficiency Programme. The new Programme aims at producing a market and coherent pipeline for energy efficiency (EE) projects in LAC on both the supply and demand sides. continued...
Andes Governments Form Regional Coordination Mechanism
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11_September 2014: Six Andean countries, in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are developing a regional coordination mechanism to support sustainable mountain development in the region. Based on the principle of integrated management, the mechanism will seek to protect the region's ecosystems while improving residents' quality of life. continued...
LAC Officials Discuss Progress on Regional Instrument on Principle 10
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10_September 2014: Representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries discussed implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development during two events organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Principle 10 recognizes the importance of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters. continued...
CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance
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10_September 2014: The Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) hosted a workshop to strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries to assess the financing needs associated with climate change adaptation. continued...
Workshop Agrees Priorities for EUROCLIMA's Agriculture Component
Read More: Workshop Agrees Priorities for EUROCLIMA's Agriculture Component
4_September 2014: A three-day workshop discussed priority actions and initiatives needed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to address agriculture and climate change, and agreed on an agenda for work on the subject under the EUROCLIMA programme on agriculture, food security and climate change. continued...
LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests
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4_September 2014: Sixteen Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries convened in a workshop to exchange experiences and provide training in the use of satellite technology to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the loss of forest carbon and to form a foundation for decisions regarding deforestation and forest degradation. continued...
IRENA Projects Future Bioenergy Demand
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September_2014: A working paper published in the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) ‘REmap 2030' series suggests that, over the next decade and a half, global biomass use could double from current levels and account for 20% of total primary energy supply (TPES) and 60% of final renewable energy use, if all technology options it examines are deployed. continued...
LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture
Read More: LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture
28_August_2014: Specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas. continued...
Land Use a Focus at 7th ESP Conference
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12_September 2014: In his opening address to the 7th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference, the Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, said that understanding ecosystem services is critical for enhancing resilience. continued...
MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action
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11_September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation. continued...
Coffee Gene Sequencing Project Supports Climate Adaptation
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11_September 2014: The complete sequence of the coffee genome has been released into the public domain in an attempt to accelerate plant variety selection in the face of climate change and to meet growers' specific needs. The genetic information of the Coffea arabica and Coffea eugenioides species, containing the location and characterization of more than 30,000 genes, was presented during the Conference of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC), held 8-13 September in Armenia, Colombia. continued...
Latin American and Caribbean Forum Discusses Future of Carbon Markets
Read More: Latin American and Caribbean Forum Discusses Future of Carbon Markets
5_September 2014: The eighth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) brought together businesses, governments and other stakeholders to exchange information on the latest developments in emissions trading schemes (ETS), low-emission development and the future of the carbon markets. Participants addressed, inter alia: climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities at multiple levels; and climate finance and policy options, including carbon pricing and the role of the public and private sectors in concerted climate action. continued...
BRS Secretariat Releases September 2014 Technical Assistance Newsletter
Read More: BRS Secretariat Releases September 2014 Technical Assistance Newsletter
September_2014: The Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam (BRS) Conventions Secretariat has released its fifth Technical Assistance Newsletter. The newsletter includes brief updates on recent activities, news, and upcoming technical assistance events. continued...
IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
Read More: IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
2_September 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched two publications examining the deployment and benefits of renewable energy in island economies. ‘A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy Islands' presents case studies that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships for advancing renewable energy deployment in small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism' analyzes four renewable energy technologies, and confirms that their use can significantly increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector on islands. continued...
UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings
Read More: UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings
9_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties. continued...
UNEP Hosts South American Workshop on Ratification, Early Implementation of Minamata Convention
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September_2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government of Brazil, hosted a workshop on the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Attended by delegates from 10 South American countries, the workshop was held in Brasília, Brazil, from 2-4 September 2014. continued...
TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics
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8_September 2014: Highlighting the importance of tropical forest monitoring, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the launch of the Tropical Managed Forests Observatory (TMFO). The purpose of TMFO is to examine the impacts of selective logging on forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asia. continued...
WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management
Read More: WECAFC Report Outlines Recommendations and Resolutions on Fisheries Management
September_2014: The Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) has released the report of its 15th Session. The report highlights the adoption of four regional fisheries management recommendations and five resolutions, including on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Small-scale fisheries and Tenure. continued...
CCAFS Studies Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Central and South America
Read More: CCAFS Studies Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change in Central and South America
August_2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a working paper, titled ‘Climate Change in Central and South America: Recent Trends, Future Projections, and Impacts on Regional Agriculture,' which focuses on climate change impacts on key crops currently grown in each region. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
ACAP AC8 Meeting Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay 15 Sep - 19 Sep
6th International Conference on Flood Management Sao Paulo, Brazil 16 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples New York City, US 22 Sep - 23 Sep
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury New York City, US 24 Sep
High-level event on "Delivering Zero Hunger - Demonstrating Impact" New York City, US 25 Sep
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
IV EUROCLIMA Seminar Lima, Peru 1 Oct - 3 Oct
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014 Miami, FL, US 6 Oct - 8 Oct
 
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