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  • An Online Database of Marine Protected Areas / Un base de datos online sobre las áreas marinas protegidas

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    UNEP launches new online system to view and study the world’s marine protected areas

    UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK

    At a time when the world’s oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human impacts in the marine environment, a new decision-making tool is being launched to provide the most current […]

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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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    Paraguay Extends Its Zero Deforestation Law

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    From WWF:
    Paraguay moves closer towards zero net deforestation
    Paraguay’s Congress has today unanimously voted to extend the country’s “Zero Deforestation Law” by another five years. The law, which came into force in December 2004 and was effective in slashing deforestation rates massively, was due to expire at end 2008.
    Three commissions — Energy and Natural Resources, Agrarian […]

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    Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria / Criterios Globales de Turismo Sostenible

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    Temas Observation: I was favorably inclined toward this exercise because of the involvement of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Conservation International (CI) and secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), but was less impressed that Ted Turner endorsed it, still unsure what to think about the Rainforest Alliance‘s efforts […]

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    Consensus on Principles for Sustainable Foresty and Climate Change?

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Forest Leaders Meet, Agree on Principles for Sustainable Forestry Management to Address Climate Change
    International efforts to combat climate change received a boost today with consensus amongst a diverse group of global forest leaders on a new set of principles dealing with sustainable forestry.
    A two-day meeting in Washington, organized by The Forests Dialogue […]

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    Past as Prologue for Caribbean Reefs?

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published a report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) assessing the state of the Caribbean’s coral reefs after their toughest year in recent history, 2005. The IOC is the lead international entity assessing […]

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    LAC Wins Two of Five UNDP Equator Awards

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Five tropical communities were honored yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York with the Equator Prize — and two of the five were from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Prize, awarded biennially by the Equator Initiative led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), recognizes “extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the […]

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    Coral Reef Protection, Part II: The Current Situation

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

    In the first part of my primer series on coral reefs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I examined why it is important to protect coral reef systems, what sort of things threaten their survival.  Here in Part II, I look at what coral reefs LAC has, what condition they are in currently, and a brief overview of what currently […]

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