Friends and colleagues,
In November, COOPERATION was a key word in LAC, nationally and internationally. WWF-MAR partnered with the Guatemalan Tourist Institute for the pre-launch of the Caribe Maya touristic initiative. "Let´s Clean Colombia" united the citizens of 15 Colombian cities and municipalities in a WWF´s coorganised initiative to boost a correct waste management. The Achuar Nationality and WWF-Ecuador signed an agreement for the conservation and management of ancestral territories. In Peru, several mahi mahi fishery actors joined WWF to discuss the main challenges and opportunities of the international market. With the support of WWF, various ministries launched the book “Mercury in Bolivia: Base Line for Uses, Emissions and Pollution” in Bolivia. WWF-Chile and other NGOs will work to promote a Protected Areas Network in the Patagonia. WWF-Paraguay is supporting the installation of new equipment in a Paraguayan Chaco community radio. In Brazil, after the intense efforts of WWF and other NGOs, the Presidency finally said “no” to carbon. At a regional level, WWF-Chile, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina and WWF-LAC joined forces to create awareness about how climate change threatens penguins. Internationally, the COP22 in Marrakesh concluded as a historic landmark in the fight against climate change. Enjoy the reading,
Vice President, WWF-LAC
Caribe Maya: An Initiative to Promote Sustainable Tourism
WWF and the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT) carried out several activities as a pre-launching of the Caribe May initiative.
This project implemented by WWF, seeks to promote community tourism in the Mesoamerican Reef, focusing on 12 sustainable tourism ventures in Guatemala and Honduras. In Guatemala, INGUAT is supporting this project and will look after its promotion. As first actions in the country, the urban image of Livingston, Izabal, was renewed through murals in public spaces. A prior announcement was made, were drafts to paint 22 murals were selected, and painted by 44 artists.
These actions were the start point to the “Yurumei” Garifuna Festival were a media tour and fam trip with tour operators were conducted.
For more information, please contact María del Rosario Calderón, WWF-MAR, email@example.com
Let´s Clean Colombia!
25.000 people in 15 colombian cities carried out the first cleanup day, called Limpiemos Colombia. Citizens registered on the official web site and then arrived at the meeting point, where they received their cleaning kit to walked around diverse areas cleaning the streets. This campaign aims to engage people trhough the learning about the proper disposal of solid waste.
The Achuar Nationality of Ecuador and WWF-Ecuador Sign a Cooperation Agreement for Conservation and Sustainable Development in Achuar Territories
More than 30% of the Amazon rainforest, including some of its most biodiverse areas, are managed by indigenous peoples. In Ecuador´s Amazon rainforest, the majority of the Pastaza River’s alluvial fan is found within the territory of the Achuar indigenous nationality. On November 11th of 2016, WWF-Ecuador signed a cooperation agreement to promote the sustainable development of these communities and their lands. This agreement will promote activities that strengthen the Achuar’s System of Conservation and Ecological Reserves (SACRE), such as the sustainable and responsible use of resources, boosting ecotourism, and the restauration of ecosystems.
Lima International Mahi Mahi FIP Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities in the International Market
A two-day dialogue among different actors participating in the development and improvement of mahi mahi fishery took place in Lima. US importers met with representatives of national producers, artisan fishermen, exporters, WWF specialists and Peruvian Government officials to discuss the main challenges and opportunities of mahi mahi fishery in our country. The meeting was held within the framework of the International Mahi Mahi FIP Workshop: “Challenges and Opportunities of the International Market in the Mahi Mahi FIP and Improving Traceability.”
Bolivia Commits to Reduce and Eliminate Mercury Emissions
Bolivia commits to reduce and eliminate mercury emissions, emanating from human-based activities, into the atmosphere and the environment. As a first step the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environment and Water, presented the book Mercury in Bolivia: Baseline assessment of uses, emissions and pollution.
WWF’s role was key in the study and will be important in reducing mercury use in the country.
WWF-Chile Promotes Network of Marine Protected Areas in the South of the Country
The next International Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC4), to be held for the first time in Chile in 2017, will be key to marine conservation in the country. In this line, WWF-Chile, Centro Ballena Azul and Fundación Melimoyu will work on the promotion of a network of Marine Protected Areas in Patagonia, of about 1.4 million hectares.
The hub of this network is located in the south of Chiloé and has the Gulf of Corcovado as a key point, since it is a zone of high relevance for the blue whale and humpback whale, among other species. An iconic site in this area is Isla Guafo, an island with a great diversity of seabirds, with the largest reproductive colony of black fardela in the world. It is also a nesting place for the magellanic penguin as well as the most northern population of South American fur seal.
Bahía Negra Poty, a Voice of the Pantanal in Alto Paraguay
A group of youth had a dream to become an environmental voice for a small town in the northeastern part of the Paraguayan Chaco region called Bahía Negra. That dream has now become a reality with the creation of the radio station, Bahía Negra Poty. Put on by the Eco Pantanal Association, Bahía Negra Poty is now the only mass communication channel in Spanish, Guaraní and Ishir (indigenous language of the Chamacoco people) for the entire region. WWF-Paraguay is now providing help to Bahía Negra Poty through the installation of new radio equipment that would allow radio broadcasts about the environment to reach more people.
A Victory from Civil Society: Brazilian President Vetoes Article and Says NO to Coal
After one month of intense efforts of WWF and other NGOs, the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic vetoed the inclusion of an article with incentives to coal in their legislation. The inclusion was made in the midst of several amendments in a non-related bill. In the decision, they recognized that coal-fired power plants are against international agreements to which Brazil is a signatory.
Rocky Future for Penguins?
The Antarctic Peninsula is home to 6 percent of the world’s majestic Emperor penguins and 21 percent of all Adelies, and several other species that also live in South America, specially Chile and Argentina. But for how much longer? The region is warming much faster than almost anywhere else on earth. And if its ice sheets disappear, so will many of its penguins.
Climate & Energy
Paris Agreement Passes First Stress Test at COP22
In response to the close of COP22, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF International’s Climate & Energy Practice, issued the following statement:
“The UN climate talks continue to be filled with twists and turns, but they have delivered what they needed to this week – putting substance behind the promise of the Paris Agreement so it can be fully implemented. The Marrakech work has not been the most glamorous, but it’s a key step in the chain reaction needed to roll out the agreement".
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