Tagged on: Latin America and the Caribbean

Southeast Pacific Data and Information Network in Support of Integrated Coastal Area Management (SPINCAM) (IOC-UNESCO/Flanders/CPPS
Julian Reyna

Presentation at the Technical workshop on selecting indicators for the state of regional seas


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2014
Reports and Books
UN-REDD Rules of Procedure and Operational Guidance
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The present document is an update of the UN-­‐REDD Rules of Procedure approved at the First Policy Board (March 2009) to reflect subsequent Policy Board decisions that amended those rules. Please note that this refers exclusively to the Rules of Procedure (pages 5-­‐9 only). The Operational Guidance (pages 10-­‐14) has not been amended.


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2014
Reports and Books
SIDS in numbers
Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
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2013
Reports and Books
An assessment of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the energy sector in the Caribbean
United Nations (UN) - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

The present report assesses the economic and social impacts of climate change on the energy sector in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. In the study, the Artificial Neural Network methodology was employed to model the relationship between climate change and energy demand. The viability of the actions proposed were assessed using cost benefit analyses based on models from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States of America.


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2013
Reports and Books
Ecosystem based approaches for climate change adaptation in Caribbean SIDS
Pascal Peduzzi (United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva), Alexander Wolf (ZMT Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Biology)

Existing climate variability and global climate change are major threat stosustainable development in the Caribbean, particularly for the Small Island Developing States(SIDS). Hurricanes, storms urges and extreme rainfall events cause major damages to the assets of coastal populations, infrastructure and ecosystems. Climate projections suggest that sea level rise(SLR) and the increase of sea water temperature will continue, as well as the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase. Ecosystem based Adaptation(EbA) approaches, combining both engineered and community based benefits, are promising to prepare SIDS for future climate change scenarios. This reviewiew identifies Caribbean SIDS which highly depend on their marine ecosystems and are particularly vulnerable to climate change related risks and provides a recommendation on SIDS which are most suitable for EbA approaches including restoration and climate change adaptation efforts. Theselection was based on an assessment of the most important coastal ecosystems, namely mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs, which can mitigate the consequences of climate change. In particular, the ecosystems extent, status, and potential to climate change adaptation(CCA) were assessed. The existence of protected areas and the management of those areas were considered additional assets as they constitute absolute pre-requisites for any EbA approach addressing restoration efforts, to become successful in the long run. The island states of Grenada, SantaLucia, Jamaica, SaintVincent & the Grenadines and The Bahamas display suitable conditions, given certain prerequisites are to be met, for restoration efforts of various kinds to be implemented in the near future.


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2013
Book
International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2012
United Nations Environment Programme, University of Eastern Finland

The aim of the Course is to equip present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements with the information and experiences of others in the area of international environmental law-making in order to improve the impact and implementation of these key treaties.


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2013
Financial Rules For the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region
United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme

The present document serves as the Financial Rules for the Convention, as described in article 20, paragraph 2 of the Convention. The level of contributions should, at a minimum, guarantee the overall costs of the Secretariat.


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2012
Reports and Books
Integrated Watershed and Coastal Areas Management (IWCAM) Atlas
United Nations Environment Programme, The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

In the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), high population densities, combined with population growth, urbanization and increased development, particularly residential and tourist resort development, has led to the contamination of underlying aquifers and surface water, and deterioration of coastal water quality. The overall objective of this Project is to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the participating countries to implement an integrated approach to the management of watersheds and coastal areas. The long-term goal is to enhance the capacity of the countries to plan and manage their aquatic resources and ecosystems on a sustainable basis. In particular, project activities will be focusing on improvements in integrated freshwater basin-coastal area management on each island of the regional groupings of Caribbean SIDS.


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2012
Reports and Books
Modelling the Transformational Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean
United Nations Development Programmeme (United Nations Development Programmeme)

This report, commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub Regional Office for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), focuses on the recommendations, which were prioritised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)Task Force on Climate Change and Development to be undertaken as soon as possible: (1) improving climate change modelling for taking informed decisions, and (2) improving predictions of impacts on key sectors and assessing adaptation measures. Specifically, this report provides a detailed and vigorous assessment of the losses and damages associated with SLR impacts on the population, ecosystems and key economic sectors in CARICOM.


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2011
Reports and Books
Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente en el Sistema Hídrico Titicaca-Desaguadero-Poopó-Salar de Coipasa (TDPS)-GEO Titicaca.
United Nations Environment Programme (PNUMA)

Después de un prolongado proceso de intenso trabajo y la participación de más de medio centenar de científicos y expertos de Bolivia y Perú, es sumamente grato para el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) presentar el informe Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente en el Sistema Hídrico Titicaca-Desaguadero-Poopó-Salar de Coipasa (TDPS)-GEO Titicaca. Bajo la metodología GEO (Global Environment Outlook), este singular informe ofrece una evaluación completa e integral del estado del ecosistema de la porción boliviano-peruana de la cuenca endorreica del altiplano, la que junto a las del Amazonas y el río de la Plata, se constituye en uno de los tres principales sistemas hídricos del subcontinente sudamericano. El territorio del Sistema TDPS, situado entre los 3.600 y los 6.500 msnm, alberga una variedad excepcional de especies de flora y fauna, constituyéndose en una reserva genética de importancia mundial, en particular, considerando la agrobiodiversidad resultante de prácticas culturales desarrolladas durante milenios por los pueblos originarios de los Andes centrales –entre la que destacan alimentos tan importantes como la papa y la quinua, o la domesticación de la llama, la alpaca y otros camélidos endémicos de la región–, elementos que explican, a su vez, la supervivencia de dichos pueblos que constituyen hasta el presente las pujantes mayorías de la población local.


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2011