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What's New April 2014

Solving Paradox of Scarcity in Spite of Natural Water Wealth
Despite being one of the world’s most naturally water-rich regions, Latin America faces serious water challenges. The Nature Conservancy is partnering with businesses, governments, and other actors to create water funds--investment tools that are helping protect key water sources while promoting good governance and green development opportunities for local communities.

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Best Lessons Learned: Working toward Cooperative Non-timber Forest Product Management: Integrating Economic, Institutional, and Ecological Analysis to Improve Livelihoods and Forest Conservation in the Western Amazon Region, Brazil (Archive)

Innovative Eco-Initiative: Latin American Water Funds Partnership (Archive)

Monitoring & Evaluation: Whale and Island Ecology Programs, Mexico (Archive)

Interviews & Articles

Eco-Exchange: The Nature Conservancy and a group of strategic actors in Latin America are working together to ensure the region’s water security by implementing water funds, an innovative conservation model that uses investment funds provided and managed by local public and private actors to safeguard critical upstream ecosystems. (Archive)

Stories from the Field: Oscar Maroto, sustainable agriculture manager for the Rainforest Alliance in Latin America, spoke with us about a successful seven-year project that has helped place sustainability on the global coffee industry’s agenda. (Archive)

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On the Record: Tuna are extremely important marine predators as well as a staple in our diet and a highly profitable commodity--and yet massive overfishing is pushing some tuna populations to the point of collapse. We spoke with Mark J. Spalding and Shana Miller of The Ocean Foundation about the threats to tuna populations caused by overfishing and about their efforts to protect these extraordinary species. (Archive)

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In Print & Online: Charting Transitions to Conservation-Friendly Agriculture: The Rainforest Alliance’s approach to monitoring and assessing results for biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment (Archive)

Recommended Links: Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas (Archive)

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