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Caribbean Fisheries Legal and Institutional Study: Findings of the comparative assessment and country reports













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    Report of the Third Regional Workshop on Caribbean Billfish Management and Conservation of the WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC Working Group on Recreational Fisheries. Bridgetown, Bridgetown, Barbados. 4-6 April 2017 / Informe del 3er Taller Regional sobre el Ordenamiento y la Conservación de los Picudos del Caribe del Grupo de Trabajo COPACO/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC sobre la Pesca Recreativa, Bridgetown, Barbados. 4-6 abril 2017 2018
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    The Third Regional Workshop on Caribbean Billfish Management and Conservation of the WECAFC/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC Working Group on Recreational Fisheries was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 4 to 6 April 2017. Thirty-five representatives from thirteen Caribbean countries and territories, along with various organizations and projects, attended the workshop. Information about the values represented by billfish stocks in the Caribbean was presented and discussed in pursuit of solutions to increase the value of these resources for the Caribbean states. Successful billfish capture and stock value conservation examples were presented and discussed, as were the policy, legislative and management contexts within which billfish fisheries currently takes place in the region. The latest stock assessment data were presented, which illustrated stock declines and the current level of fisheries pressure on the stocks. A third draft of the Caribbean Billfish Management and Conservation Plan was discussed, as was the draft Subregional FAD Management Plan. Business case opportunities sought through the Caribbean Billfish Project were also clarified. A draft WECAFC management recommendation was prepared by the Working Group, recognizing the concerns over billfish stock status, the current fisheries pressure on these stocks and proposing regional concerted action. Participants revised the Terms of Reference pertaining to the Working Group on Recreational Fisheries, updated the work plan and elected its convener. The workshop was carried out under the guidance and supervision of the FAO Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) with support of the Caribbean Billfish Project GCP/SLC/001/WBK. El tercer Taller sobre el Ordenamiento y la Conservación de los Picudos del Grupo de Trabajo sobre la Pesca Recreativa de la COPACO/OSPESCA/CRFM/CFMC, fue realizado en Bridgetown, Barbados, del 4-a 6 de abril de 2017. Treinta y cinco representantes de trece países del Caribe y los territorios asistieron al taller, a la par de otras organizaciones y proyectos. La información sobre los valores que representan las poblaciones de picudos en el Caribe fue presentada y discutida en búsqueda de soluciones para mejorar el valor de estos recursos en los estados del Caribe. Las capturas exitosas de picudos y el valor de varios ejemplos de conservación de las poblaciones, fueron presentados y discutidos, lo mismo que los contextos políticos y jurídicos en los que actualmente la pesca de picudos se realiza en la región. La Última información sobre datos del estado de las poblaciones fue presentada, en la que se ilustra el declive de las poblaciones y el estado actual de la presión de las pesqueras sobre las poblaciones y las propuestas para una acción. Un tercer borrador del Plan de Ordenamiento y Conservación de los Picudos fue discutido, lo mismo que el Plan Sub-regional de Ordenamiento de la pesca con DAPs. Las oportunidades de negocios a través del Proyecto Picudos del Caribe, fueron también aclaradas. Se preparó un borrador de recomendaciones sobre ordenamiento por el Grupo de Trabajo de la COPACO, reconociendo las preocupaciones sobre el estado de las poblaciones de picudos, la presión actual de las pesqueras sobre estas poblaciones y las propuestas regionales de acción concertada. Los participantes revisaron los Términos de Referencia del Grupo de Trabajo sobre la Pesca Recreativa, actualizaron el plan de trabajo y eligieron el convocante. El taller se realizó bajo la supervisión de la Comisión de Pesca para el Atlántico Centro occidental (COPACO) con el apoyo del Proyecto Picudos del Caribe GCP/SLC/001/WBK.
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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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    Tackling the trade in illegal timber: a comparative study of legal frameworks
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Illegal logging and trade in illegal timber is a major cause of deforestation, which contributes to the global impact of climate change, depletion of natural resources and decreasing biodiversity, thereby frustrating efforts towards sustainable forest management. It further negatively effects countries’ socio-economic growth, food security, and poverty alleviation efforts, in particular local communities who depend on forests for their livelihood. Over the past years, major international markets have developed regulatory frameworks to combat illegal logging and associated trade. This comprehensive study provides an analytical framework for comparing requirements for timber legality and enforcement approaches and impacts of the laws in a range of timber-importing countries. Special emphasis is given to markets that have developed legal mechanisms and effective legislative options to combat the illegal introduction, import and trade of timber and other forest products. An in-depth analysis of case studies is undertaken to identify trends, emerging options or good examples, which could be used as reference or inspiration for developing effective legal frameworks and requirements on the legality of timber. This comprehensive overview and comparison of legislative approaches across regions intends to be a valuable information resource for researchers, policymakers, and timber trading companies, providing guidance on their compliance requirements. Keywords: timber legality frameworks, illegal logging ID: 3485653

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