The 30th Meeting of the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP), the 87th Ordinary Meeting and the 88th Extraordinary Meeting of Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) were held recently in La Jolla, California, USA. As result of the meeting, important agreements were adopted according to the Antigua Convention. The Members adopted conservation measures for pacific bluefin […]
About Lilian Yon
Lilian Yon B. is the UN-NF Alumni Network Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean. She studied Law at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala obtaining the degree of lawyer and notary public, LLM. She completed a Masters Degree in Business Law and Postgraduate Studies in Commercial Law at the Latin American University of Science and Technology in Panama where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude Honours, and also has Postgraduate Studies in Central America Integration with ETEA an Institution of the University of Córdoba from Spain.
In 2009 she participated in the United Nations Environment Programme –UNEP 9th Training Programme in Environmental Law and Policy in Kenya where she gave a presentation on the process of developing the law relating to adaptation and mitigation of climate change in Guatemala.
In 2007 Lilian obtained the 1st prize in the Ayn Rand´s “Atlas Shrugged” review contest held at the Ludwig von Mises Library, Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala.
She has published some articles in: HACER: Hispanic American Center for Economic Research Newsletter, LA PRENSA: The highest circulated newspaper in Panama; and ELEUTHERIA: Francisco Marroquín University, Philosophy Electronic Magazine.
Lilian has been contributed with the UN-NFF Alumni Newsletter since the begining of her fellowship in March, 2011.
She is a UN-Nippon Fellow for the 2011-2012 term. First phase: The Marine Law and Ocean Policy Center of the National University of Ireland in Galway. Second phase: DOALOS, NY. Research title: Climate Change and the Protection of Guatemalan Marine-Coastal Ecosystems.
Guatemala is prone to natural disasters such as tropical storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. This is borne out by the 2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction which classifies Guatemala as one of the world's top ten countries that is vulnerable to natural disasters. This is why the adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies are vital for the future economic prosperity of the country.
This research paper provides background information on the national climate change policy in Guatemala and how this is influenced to a greater or lesser degree by maritime matters. The paper makes a number of research recommendations for further action and capacity building. They aim to improve adaptive capacity at a national level and include a strategy for mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Particular emphasis is placed on reducing the risks to vulnerable communities along the coastline who bear the brunt of climate impacts such as frequent floods, droughts and heat waves, and whose severity are foreseen by scientists to increase over the coming decades.
The paper concludes that the protection of marine coastal ecosystems and the sustainable use of their goods and services is vitally important and will in the longer-term contribute to the economic well-being and prosperity of Guatemala.
Fellow Contact Information: [email protected]
Entries by Lilian Yon
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n Guatemala, I can surely bet that only a few people know that June 8th is World Oceans Day. What I mean is that many people don´t know that World Oceans Day has a specific date; however, most Guatemalans know, especially the ones living in the coastal zones, that climate change and its severe effects […]
June 8th, 2014 Together we have the power to protect our oceans! For more information about World Oceans Day, go to: http://worldoceansday.org/
[dropcap][/dropcap] On January 27th, 2014 a territorial dispute between Chile and Peru finally had a most expected closure with the International Court of Justice -ICJ awarding Peru a triangle of Pacific Ocean territory covering thousands of square miles rich in fishing and other natural resources. The Court ruled that Chile and Peru should split sovereignty […]
This brings to eleven the total number of countries to have ratified the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities of Marine Pollution known as the LBS Protocol. The LBS Protocol, which was developed in 1999 and became international law in 2010, is the only regional agreement of its kind for the prevention, […]
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