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UN-REDD Rolls out Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme19 May 2015: The UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) has launched a tool designed to help REDD+ countries assess the social and environmental benefits and risks associated with potential REDD+ activities. The Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) can also analyze existing policies, laws and regulations to see how effectively they address the safeguards that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decided should be considered in the undertaking of REDD+ actions.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture14 May 2015: The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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UN CC:Learn Releases REDD+ Learning Guide [viewed]

Unitar13 May 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) released a resource guide on REDD+ developed with support from UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The guide is intended to facilitate access to the most relevant and recent learning and training material on REDD+.

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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PNG Announces National Forest Inventory Project [viewed]

unredd_eu_fao7 May 2015: The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) announced support from the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the European Union (EU) to complete a national forest inventory. Papua New Guinea currently does not have a regular national forest assessment to support policy development.

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Event: Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, is mandated with improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalizing the financial mechanism, mobilizing financial resources, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of support provided to developing country parties. After establishing the SCF, the COP requested that it organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate change finance, in order to promote linkages and coherence. The third SCF Forum will focus on issues related to finance for forests and will be held in conjunction with the Fourteenth World Forestry Congress, in partnership with FAO. The SCF has also been addressing coherence and coordination in forests-related financing during its regular Committee meetings.  

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Meetings Seek to Strengthen Forest Actions in Europe and the Mediterranean [viewed]

fao_ec1 May 2015: The reports from two forest events held in March 2015 and covering Europe and the Mediterranean have been released, focusing on the role of forests in a green economy and the future of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

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FAO, Norway to Provide Forest Countries with Monitoring Software [viewed]

fao_norad13 April 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Norway are partnering to aid developing countries in their monitoring and reporting of changes to forest resources. The US$4.5 million partnership agreement will allow these countries to access Earth observation data, such as from satellite imagery, and create an easy-to-use platform for collating and analyzing the data.

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High-Level Dialogue Renews Commitment to REDD+ in Zambia [viewed]

zambia_unredd_undp28 April 2015: The Government of Zambia, in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), held a high-level dialogue to review its national REDD+ strategy. The dialogue reaffirmed the political commitment to the REDD+ process in Zambia and the associated target to achieve a climate change resilient economy by 2030.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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