UNFF8 Discusses Role of Forests in Future Climate Change Regime [viewed]

L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Boen M. Purnama, UNFF8 Chair21 April 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the second day of deliberations at the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), currently convening at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The central focus of the discussion was the role of forests in a future climate regime.

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WMO, UNEP and FAO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

April 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture, which will take place from 27-30 April 2009, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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Event: 20th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO)/2nd World Forest Week [viewed]

COFO 2010 will focus on, inter alia: the Global Forest Resources Assessment; forest biodiversity, fire and water in the context of climate change; emerging opportunities and challenges in forest finance and forest governance; programme priorities for FAO's forestry activities; and the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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UNECE, FAO Hold Workshop on Estimating Sustainable Wood Supply for Energy [viewed]

3 April 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a one-day workshop on estimating how much wood is available in Europe on a sustainable basis, including for use as biomass for energy. The workshop, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30 March 2009, aimed to address gaps in knowledge, including considering socioeconomic and bio-technical constraints to theoretical wood availability when assessing wood supply.

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FAO Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© FAO2 April 2009: Speaking at the UNFCCC climate change talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations on a post-2012 climate change treaty.

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FAO and Finland Develop Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Finland have established a €14 million partnership titled “Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate.”

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King and Queen of Sweden Meet Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP [viewed]

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Jacques Diouf (right to left). Photo credit, FAO

26 March 2009: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden met with Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Lennart Båge, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP), to discuss the global food security situation, the impact of climate change on agriculture and the effects of the financial crisis on food prices.

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FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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