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UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report.

26-27 April 2010 | Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) held a consultation for Caribbean nations in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 26 April and Tuesday, 27 April as part of a regional initiative entitled “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean” (the Initiative) to prepare a report on the role of biodiversity in wealth generation and support of wellbeing in the region. The first consultation was held in Mexico City from 13-14 August 2009, the second in Lima, Peru from 24-25 September, the third in Caracas, Venezuela from 4-5 November, the fourth in Quito, Ecuador from 24-25 November, the fifth in Bogota, Colombia from 30 November – 1 December, and the sixth in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 3-4 December. The final consultation is scheduled for Brasilia, Brazil at a date to be determined. Each seeks the inputs of national experts and stakeholders.

The Caribbean consultation included participants from Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname as well as Trinidad and Tobago, representing government entities, conservation groups, protected areas and UNDP offices. On Monday, participants heard morning plenary presentations on the Initiative and the regional report, and in the afternoon they broke out into working groups to discuss emblematic policies in Caribbean nations, identify key sectors for promoting investment in biodiversity and ecosystem services and any existing barriers to such investments. Deliberations resumed on Tuesday with participants convening in working groups to first discuss insights from case studies from Paraguay and Indonesia, and then to recommend inputs to the regional report on principal arguments to use, ways to convince decision-makers and dissemination strategies. In the final plenary participants recommended key messages and ways to enrich the Initiative. More information...

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Emily Gaynor Rick-Forde, Minister of Planning, Housing and the Environment, Trinidad and Tobago says the regional consultation ties in well with national consultations on policies for climate change, protected areas and biodiversity.
Emma Torres, Senior Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America & the Caribbean, explains the Initiative’s origin, organization and principal objectives.
Economist Maurice Mason, UNDP consultant, outlines the analysis of the Caribbean context he is preparing for the regional report.
Participants from Suriname discuss emblematic cases from their country.
Participants from Trinidad and Tobago discuss emblematic cases from their country.
Working group on tourism discusses mechanisms for promoting investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in the sector.
Working group on forestry discusses mechanisms for promoting investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in the sector.
working group on protected areas discusses mechanisms for promoting investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in the sector.
Water working group discusses mechanisms for promoting investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in the sector.
Participants from Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines discuss emblematic cases from their countries.
Participants from Guyana and Jamaica discuss emblematic cases from their countries.
Fisheries working group discusses mechanisms for promoting investment in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in the sector.
Working group discusses how TEEB case study from Paraguay relates to Caribbean countries.
With guidance from Facilitator Nicole Leotaud, a working group discusses how a TEEB case study from Indonesia relates to Caribbean countries.
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UNDP resources
UNDP Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean
IISD RS summary report of the Fourth Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 24-25 November 2009, Quito, Ecuador (English: PDF) (Spanish: PDF)

IISD RS resources
IISD RS summary report of the Sixth Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 3-4 December 2009, Guatemala City, Guatemala (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Fifth Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 30 November – 1 December 2009, Bogotá, Colombia (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Third Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 4-5 November 2009, Caracas, Venezuela (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the Second Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 24-25 September 2009, Lima, Peru (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS summary report of the First Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative. Biodiversity and Ecosystems Stakeholder Consultations Report., 13-14 August 2009, Mexico City, Mexico (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
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