Dear friends and colleagues,
There was a lot of work in the natural areas and the cities of Latin America and the Caribbean during October. In Guyana, WWF started a project to empower Amazonian communities. WWF-Mexico brought together dozens of Mexican leaders for the conservation of Mexico‘s natural wealth and poverty eradication. One of the most important energy production regions in Colombia is now committed to water conservation under a methodology leaded by WWF. In Ecuador, a fishing calendar for the sustainable development of fisheries in Galapagos entered into force. In Peru, the protection for indigenous peoples in isolation was ratified. WWF-Bolivia presented an innovative forest certification and tracking system in Russia. The Paris Agreement became a National Law in Paraguay. Internationally, WWF celebrated the creation of the World‘s largest marine protected area in Antarctica. Also, the organization launched its Living Planet Report 2016, a general balance of the state of our planet. Finally, cities became the protagonists of the month; the UN Member States met in Quito, Ecuador, to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Habitat III, looking for a more sustainable future in cities. Enjoy the reading,
WWF´s Work Is Empowering the Local Communities of the Amazon
WWF-Guianas and the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), today, October 17th, 2016, launched their Opt-in Readiness Project in Annai, North Rupununi. The project will prepare the 7,000 people in nineteen indigenous communities that inhabit this region in South Guyana to become active participants and beneficiaries of Guyana’s Green Development.
WWF-Colombia Supports Water Stewardship Participatory Process
Eastern Antioquia, the region that produces 30 per cent of Colombia`s energy, is now committed to water conservation. Using the Water Stewardship methodology, led by WWF, 20 municipalities, 67 community organizations, institutions and the private sector signed 13 agreements looking for a better use of this resource.
Fishing Schedule for Five Years in Galapagos Becomes Effective as a Measure of Sustainable Development
On October 26th of 2016, in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, a Ministerial Agreement was approved to implement the fishing schedule for the next five years in Galapagos. The Fishing Schedule is considered the main management tool that guarantees the planning and sustainable development of the fisheries in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. This instrument provides dates, deadlines, indicators and measures for artisanal fishing of sea cucumber, shrimp, white fish, red lobster, octopus, churo and canchalagua. WWF-Ecuador provide technical assistance and financial support for its elaboration.
Protection Reaffirmed for Indigenous Peoples in Isolation
Defense and protection of Indigenous Peoples in Isolation and Initial Contact (Piaci) is reaffirmed in the framework of the Tenth Session of the Multisectoral Commission of the Law 27836 which brought together representatives from various sectors of government, municipalities, national indigenous organizations and universities.
Bolivia Shares Lessons at High Level Russian Roundtable on Forest Governance
WWF Bolivia and the Forests and Lands Authority (ABT) presented Bolivia´s innovative forests certification and tracking system at a Russian Forests Roundtable hosted by WWF Russia in St. Petersburg from October 5 to 7, 2016.
"Paris Agreement" Already a National Law in Paraguay
WWF-Paraguay, a member of the National Commission on Climate Change, has been support throughout the entirety of the adoption of the commitments that were negotiated during the XXI Conference on Climate Change (COP21). It is now a legal mandate and serves as the National Development Plan through 2030. Paraguay has also signed to implement 85% with the Global Sustainable Development Agenda to 2030, of which the country is also a signatory.
World's largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica
After several years of negotiations, WWF celebrates the landmark international agreement to create the world’s largest marine park in the Southern Ocean.
Living Planet Report
The Planet Needs Us
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth.
UN Member States Adopt a New Urban Agenda in Latin America
WWF acknowledges the hard work of Member States and the Habitat III Secretariat to have reach consensus on the New Urban Agenda, aimed at addressing the existing and emerging challenges in urban development. WWF further welcomes the active contributions and participation of all stakeholders and civil society in the drafting process and in the diversity of activities, views and inspiration contributed to the conference over the last three days.