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Commitment to increase support for conservation in the Caribbean
IUCN Caribbean
Date: Sept 19, 2012

Port of Spain, Trinidad (IUCN Caribbean Regional Committee) 18 September 2012 – The world’s largest conservation organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has committed to increase its support for and engagement of the Caribbean in its work.

At the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress held in Jeju, Korea September 5th – 15th 2012, IUCN Caribbean members submitted motion 12, which was passed by the Members Assembly. This motion calls for IUCN to “Consolidate its presence in the insular Caribbean, through an enhanced regional implementation of the relevant components of the IUCN Programme 2013-2016, including the possibility of the establishment of a Caribbean IUCN office located in the insular Caribbean.”

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Follwing a rigorous evaluation process, the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico recently became a member of theh Internation Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This places the non-profit organization as the only member on the Island which belongs to this prestigious global entity.

Founded in 1948, IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization which gathers sovereign states, government and non-government entities, into a unique alliance composed of over 1,100 member organizations from approximately 160 countries.

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The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico was just awarded the accreditation seal of Land Trust Accreditation Commission, one of the most important recognitions in land conservation in the United States acknowledging that the organization meets the highest standards of ethics, transparency and excellence in all its operations.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission is an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, which serves as national coordinator, strategist, and representative of more than 1,700 land trusts in the United States since 1982, of which only 158 have obtained this important accreditation.

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