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Report of the 24th Session of the Latin America and Caribbean Forestry Commission








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    Report of the Thirty-Third Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission
    Quito, Ecuador, 26 - 30 June, 2023
    2023
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    The Latin America and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held its 33rd Session from 26 to 30 June 2023 in Quito, at the kind invitation of the Government of Ecuador. The Session was attended by delegates of 21 member countries and observers of 12 organizations, including three United Nations agencies or fora, and nine international, intergovernmental, governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
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    Report of the second meeting of the OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CFMC Working Group on Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 21–23 March 2018.
    Informe de la segunda reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de OSPESCA/COPACO/CRFM/CFMC sobre la Langosta Espinosa del Caribe, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, 21-23 de marzo 2018
    2019
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    The second meeting of the OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM/CFMC working group on Caribbean Spiny Lobster took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from 21 to 23 March 2018. The status of the Caribbean spiny lobster fishery was presented in the subregions of OSPESCA and the CRFM, as well as in Brazil, Cuba, the United States and Mexico. Delegates also learned about the progress in the implementation and definition of indicators of subcomponent 4A related to spiny lobster in the CLME + Strategic Action Plan and the preparation and contents of the SOMEE Report. A new expanded and updated proposal of a regional plan for the management of Caribbean lobster prepared in the context of the Ecolobster + sub-project of the CLME + project was also presented. In the same context, a harmonized system of data collection and evaluation of lobster stocks that allows for minimum common elements among countries for purposes of comparing results and estimating the spiny lobster stock status was presented. Additionally, advances in the design and implementation of a proposed regional standard for traceability of fishery products, with emphasis on the Caribbean lobster fishery, were shown. Terms of Reference of the working group were discussed and updated, and the 2016–2018 work plan was adopted. The working group also adopted a new definition in the identification and distribution of spiny lobster stocks in the Greater Caribbean. La segunda reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de la Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano (OSPESCA)/la Comisión de Pesca del Atlántico Centro-Occidental (COPACO)/ el Mecanismo Regional de Pesca del Caribe (CRFM por sus siglas en inglés)/el Consejo de Administración de la Pesquería del Caribe (CFMC por sus siglas en inglés) sobre la langosta espinosa del Caribe tuvo lugar en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, del 21 al 23 de marzo de 2018. Se presentó el estado de la pesca de langosta espinosa del Caribe en las subregiones de OSPESCA y el CRFM, así como en Brasil, Cuba, Estados Unidos y México. Los delegados también se enteraron de los avances en la implementación y definición de indicadores del subcomponente 4A referido a la langosta espinosa en el Plan de Acción Estratégico del CLME+ y de la preparación y contenidos del Informe sobre el Estado de los Ecosistemas Marinos y Economías Asociadas (Informe SOMEE por sus siglas en ingles). También se presentó una nueva propuesta ampliada y actualizada de plan regional de ordenamiento de la langosta del Caribe preparado en el contexto del sub-proyecto Ecolangosta+ del proyecto CLME+. En este mismo contexto, se presentó una propuesta de un sistema armonizado de colecta de datos y evaluación de stocks de langosta que permita contar con elementos mínimos comunes entre los países para efectos de comparar resultados y estimar el estado de las poblaciones. Adicionalmente, se presentaron los avances en el diseño e implementación de una propuesta del estándar regional de trazabilidad de productos pesqueros, con énfasis en la pesquería de langosta del Caribe. Los Términos de Referencia para el Grupo de Trabajo fueron discutidos y actualizados, y se preparó el plan de trabajo 2016-2018. El grupo de trabajo adoptó una nueva definición en la identificación y distribución de los stocks de langosta espinosa en el gran Caribe.
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    Technical report on the regional workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), fisheries, and legal acquisition findings with Latin American and Caribbean countries
    8 to 11 May 2023
    2024
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    This document contains the report of the regional training workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), fisheries, and legal acquisition findings (LAFs) for 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries, jointly organized by the Development Law Service of the FAO Legal Office and the CITES Secretariat, in collaboration with the FAO Offices for Ecuador and Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop was held in Spanish and in-person only from 8 to 11 May 2023. The workshop aimed to raise awareness and strengthen the understanding of CITES requirements and their implementation in the fisheries sector; introduce and train participants on the use of the FAO-CITES Legal Study and Guide; train participants on the use of the Rapid Guide for the Making of LAFs, available at Annex 3 of Resolution 18.7 (Rev. CoP19); and identify countries’ needs and interests for a better implementation of CITES in the fisheries sector.A total of 50 participants joined the workshop from 13 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela [Bolivarian Republic of]), regional organizations (the Central American and Dominican Republic Wildlife Enforcement Network and Permanent Commission for the South Pacific), non-governmental organizations (Defenders of Wildlife and World Fund for Nature), the private sector (fishing enterprises), as well as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, in addition to the CITES Secretariat and FAO.The four-day programme included presentations on CITES key principles and requirements and their applicability in the fisheries sector; clarifications on commercially exploited aquatic species listed in CITES Appendix II, opportunities for collaboration between CITES and fisheries authorities, correlations between CITES and fisheries management; introduction on how to use the FAO-CITES Legal Study and Guide; the relevance to CITES of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Catch Documentation Scheme, and associated technical guidelines. Additionally, the workshop promoted the use of the Rapid Guide for the Making of LAFs.This is the third of a series of legal training workshops on CITES and fisheries organized by the CITES Secretariat and FAO. The first and second workshops were held at the subregional level, respectively, for Pacific Island countries (November 2021) and English-speaking Caribbean countries (May–June 2022).

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