Intergovernmental Process

Guest Article #16: Forests and Climate Change: Bridging the Gaps [viewed]

For thousands of years, the single most recognized value and economic contribution from forests was wood: fuel wood, timber, logs. Forests provided a source for material to create shelter, warmth and energy to cook, they provided the material for furniture, housing, ships and bridges. But astoundingly, to those of us who have worked with forests for our whole lives, in recent months the world's attention has finally turned to forests – but this time for another value: forests as one of the single largest sectors that can advance climate change objectives.

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G8 Finance Ministers Call for Action on Climate Change [viewed]

© G813 June 2009: The final statement issued by the G8 Finance Ministers' Meeting, held in Lecce, Italy, from 12-13 June 2009, notes the economic, financial and developmental aspects of climate change.

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Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

29 May 2009: Representatives of the States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Community (EC) and its member States met in Brussels, Belgium, from 28-29 May 2009, for the Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers and adopted a joint declaration on climate change and development.

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ILRI Study Identifies Areas in which Livestock will be Critical for Adaptation [viewed]

© ILRI June 2009: A new study by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), finds that climate change will affect food security in areas that are already marginal for crop production, leading to shifts in livelihood strategies from crop production to increased reliance on livestock.

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World Agroforestry Center Launches REDD-Alert Project [viewed]

© World Agroforestry Center June 2009: The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a research project on the socioeconomic drivers and impacts of deforestation.

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CIFOR Study on Oil Palm Plantations Identifies Research Needs on Biofuels and Carbon Impacts [viewed]

June 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a study on the impacts and research needs with regard to oil palm plantations, covering, among other issues, the impacts of increased cultivation for biofuel production.

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CIFOR Study Shows Benefits of REDD Payments for Protecting Large Mammals in the Tropics [viewed]

June 2009: A report published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), shows that payments for reducing emissions from deforestation or forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could also protect orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other wildlife at risk of extinction.

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Third C40 Large Cities Summit Addresses Achievements and Challenges in Fighting Climate Change [viewed]

© UN2 June 2009: The third Summit of the C40, a group of the world's largest cities committed to tackling climate change, was held in Seoul, South Korea, from 18-21 May 2009. Under the theme “Cities' Achievements and Challenges in the Fight Against Climate Change,” the Summit brought together mayors, company executives and leaders from 40 cities and 17 affiliate municipalities around the world to share their policies and good practices in addressing global warming.

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White Papers for UNCCD Scientific Conference Open for Review [viewed]

© DSD30 May 2009: The Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD), which is helping to organize the first scientific conference for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification's (UNCCD) Committee on Science and Technology (CST), has invited scientific colleagues and stakeholders of the UNCCD to review the drafts of scientific analysis papers that will feed into the 22-24 September 2009 conference on “Bio-physical and socioeconomic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

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CCS High-Level Conference Concludes [viewed]

© CCS Norway31 May 2009: Organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Ministry of the Environment, the High-Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) took place in Bergen, Norway, from 27-28 May 2009.

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