Conservation of biodiversity in indigenous communities was highlighted as an important tool for sustainable development at the opening ceremony of the Fifth Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas on November 13, 2013 in Resguardo Indígena de la María, Colombia.

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This document (icon Informe Mercurio-RED ARA (3.96 MB)) emerged from the analysis of the status of mercury pollution in the Venezuelan Guayana , and a series of proposals to mitigate this situation, which were presented in February at a forum organized by the ARA network supported by the Avina Foundation. These were completed on the one hand , with recommendations made by experts and persons directly involved in this issue , as well as information derived from the review of specialized literature sources. This process allowed a high level of objectivity and fairness of the outcome.

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The Guiana Shield Facility is partnering with the Organizacion Nacional Indigena de Colombia (ONIC), ACATISEMA and the COBRA Project to participate in the V Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas which will be held in Resguardo Indígena de la María, Colombia from November 11, 2013 and will conclude on November 16, 2013.

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Foto: Laura Bermúdez, Colombia; Antonio de Carvalho, Brasil; Myriam Debris, Guyana Francesa; Joslyn Mckenzie, Guyana; John Goedschalk, Surinam y Khadija Musa, Representante Residente PNUD Guyana.

Con la presencia de delegados de los gobiernos de Brasil, Surinam, Guyana, Guyana Francesa y Colombia, y representantes del PNUD de América Latina y el Caribe, se realizó en Bogotá un encuentro de alto nivel convocado por el Consejo Asesor Regional de la iniciativa Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) que agrupa a varios interesados en  la conservación de los ecosistemas, la protección de la biodiversidad y diversidad cultural en la ecorregión del Escudo Guyanés.

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news-20131027-2During the 2005 and 2010 droughts, satellites detected decreased vegetation greenness - or a lower Normalized Vegetation Index (NDVI) - over the southern Amazon rainforest (orange and red regions). NDVI is derived from MODIS instruments on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. Credit: Image courtesy of Ranga Myneni, Jian Bi and NASA.A new study suggests the southern portion of the Amazon rainforest is at a much higher risk of dieback due to stronger seasonal drying than projections made by the climate models used in the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). If severe enough, the loss of rainforest could cause the release of large volumes of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

It could also disrupt plant and animal communities in one of the regions of highest biodiversity in the world.

Using ground-based rainfall measurements from the past three decades, a research team led by Rong Fu, professor at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, found that since 1979, the dry season in southern Amazonia has lasted about a week longer per decade. At the same time, the annual fire season has become longer. The researchers say the most likely explanation for the lengthening dry season is global warming.

Read more: Risk of Amazon rainforest dieback is higher than IPCC projects