Forests & REDD

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

27 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper outlining the implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 (land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)), 3/CMP.7 (emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms), 4/CMP.7 (various methodological issues), and 5/CMP.7 (potential consequences), on the previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/TP/2012/6).

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UNECE, FAO Release Annual Market Review of Forest Products for 2011-2012 [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released the “Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2011-2012,” which finds that wood energy constitutes the primary renewable energy source in the UNECE region, and discusses the role of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) mechanisms in carbon markets.

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CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Considers Methodological Issues [viewed]

August 2012: The report of the 36th meeting of the Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is now available. At the meeting, the Working Group considered matters relating to A/R CDM project activities, including revisions of, and clarifications to, approved A/R methodologies and tools.

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ITTO Releases Report and Work Plan on Wood Product Accounting and Climate Change [viewed]

28 August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released two outputs from its Thematic Programme on Trade and Market Transparency related to accounting for climate change mitigation projects, namely a report titled "Wood product accounting and climate change mitigation projects involving tropical timber," and a work plan titled "Work plan for accounting methodology development for wood products in climate change mitigation projects involving tropical timber."

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ITTO Annual Report for 2011 Highlights REDD+ Activities [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter Focuses on Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

CBDAugust 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the July-August issue of its "REDD+ & Biodiversity E-Newsletter." The newsletter aims to inform CBD National Focal Points and CBD partners about biodiversity aspects in relation to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Dominican Republic Launches National Climate Change Capacity Building Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn7 August 2012: The Dominican Republic has formally launched its National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development, which was developed with assistance from the One UN Training Service Platform on Climate Change (UN CC:Learn). 

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UN-REDD Highlights National Progress on REDD+ in Ecuador and Indonesia [viewed]

23 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) has released the August edition of its newsletter, which reports on the launch by Ecuador of its national UN-REDD programme and a workshop held in Indonesia to solicit the views of stakeholders on the potential co-benefits of REDD+.

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Event: Ninth Meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Programme Board [viewed]

The ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Programme Board is scheduled to take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 26-27 October 2012. Pre-meetings to be held on 25 October. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee meeting will take place in the same location 21-23 October, and an optional field visit for participants of both meetings will take place on 24 October.  

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