Dear friends and colleagues,
From the Amazon to the Pacific, September was a month of discoveries and ambitious conservation efforts for WWF in Latin America and the World. Five new grasshoppers were discovered in a rainforest in southern Colombia. In Chile, 5 proposals to recover the Chilean hake were defined by WWF. The Norwegian delegation highlighted the progress being done in Peru to reduce deforestation. WWF–Paraguay strengthened its relationship with businesses and producers willing to conserve the environment. On the seashore, Vida Silvestre Argentina took part in a census of marine debris and a cleanup campaign in the city of Mar del Plata. Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay agreed on a joint public agenda to protect the Pantanal. In Mesoamerica, WWF is currently implementing assessments and management plans in four watersheds in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. At the global level, the UN announced that the Paris Agreement overcame the 55 ratifications threshold, reaching one more goal to enter into force. Finally, WWF participated in the CITES CoP17 and advocated for the protection of the most threatened species by poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Enjoy the reading,
Vice President, WWF-LAC
5 New Grasshoppers Discovered in the Pacific Rainforest
Colombia’s nature can be full of surprises. A team identified 26 grasshoppers’ species in the Río Ñambí natural reserve, in a rainforest in southern Colombia. Five of the species are new to science. The reserve, created by the Fundación Ecológica Los Colibríes de Altaquer (FELCA), is part of the Mira binational basin that run through Colombia and Ecuador. WWF-Colombia has been working in the region protecting ecosystems, strengthening governance and bonding bridges between the two countries authorities.
The Norwegian Delegaton highlights the multisectoral progress being done in Peru to reduce deforestation
The Norwegian delegation that visited Peru to learn about the scope and actions that are being developed within the framework of the Joint Declaration of Intent (DCI) between Peru, Norway and Germany, welcomed the progress made by consensus among the various levels of State and described as excellent the first results that they were introduced to, in San Martin and Loreto as part of the accomplishment of commitments made by Peru to reduce levels of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon.
5 Proposals to Recover the Chilean Hake Were Defined by WWF in Its Campaign #Firmaxlamerluza
The target of the campaign was the community and the main objective was inform and solicit their support with a signature, for present to Chilean government this five proposals for recover the fishery, currently collapsed.
Supporting signatures will be delivered to the authority, together with the measures suggested by the organization: minimum catch size of 37 cm, definition of free zones trawling fishing, fishing quota reduction; Longer closures and combat illegal fishing.
WWF–Paraguay Strengthens Relationship with the Productive Sector
The visit of Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Food and Markets, Carlos Saviani and Dave McLaughlin, Vice Presidents of the Sustainable Food team of WWF-US, led discussions with key agricultural, financial, corporate and government sector representatives on the advantages of environmentally conscientious livestock and agricultural practice for the benefit of future generations.
What Is Happening to the Sea?
On September 17, International Coastal Cleanup Day, Vida Silvestre took part in a census of marine debris, followed by a cleanup campaign, in the seaside city of Mar del Plata. Together with other environmental organizations, more than 30 volunteers joined their efforts to identify and count everything that not belonged to the beach system in 3000 square meters.
More than 4.000 pieces of plastic, including bags, bottles, bottle caps, condoms or straws; more than 1100 cigarette butts; cans, buckles, candles, diapers and several other objects. Once the census was done, the volunteers proceeded to clean the beach, with 18 trash bags extracted in total.
WWF Celebrates the Initiative of the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay on Agreeing on a Joint Public Agenda for the Sustainable Development and Conservation of the Pantanal
The First Trilateral Technical Working Meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, for the Integrated and Sustainable Development of the Pantanal included national authorities of Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay; representatives from WWF’s national offices of the three countries; and a delegation of international cooperation, including the European Union, FONPLATA, CAF, UNDP and IDB.
The working group agreed on the urgent need to plan the development of the region in a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated manner.
Watershed Management Plans in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize
WWF Guatemala / Mesoamerica is currently implementing assessments and conservation management plans in four watersheds located in Guatemala (Pasabien and Teculután), Honduras (Manchaguala) and Belize (Belize River). The purpose is to establish a link between biodiversity conservation and water management parallel to economic growth and the population’s needs.
These watersheds share a common vision: to be model watersheds within the Mesoamerican Reef región were harmonization between natural and heritage and a productive matrix improve livelihoods constantly and sustainably. Moreover, they effectively promote high environmental quality and risk management, with emphasis on extreme weather events. These management plans are proposed for a 10-year period, considering the current watershed situation, especially with regards to the organization and the local stakeholders’ capacities.
Climate & Energy
Global climate deal could enter into force in 2016
The secretary-general said that 60 countries representing about 48 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the agreement. Ratification by 55 countries representing 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions is required for entry into force of the agreement.
WWF at the CITES CoP17
With international momentum to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade continuing to grow, over 180 countries are meeting in South Africa at the world’s most important wildlife trade meeting – the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES).