Forests & REDD

EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement [viewed]

9 May 2011: The EU and Liberia have concluded a bilateral agreement to certify the legal origin of imported wood products into the EU.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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UNEP Releases Report on Importance of Green Economy for LDCs [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) have released a report titled “Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries.” 

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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Event: An Investment Forum: Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa [viewed]

This event is co-organized by PROFOR, the World Bank, IUCN, Ecoagriculture Partners, Terrafrica and the World Agrofrestry Centre to generate greater interest in agroforestry and other landscape approaches, particularly from the private sector. It aims to illustrate that investing in degraded landscapes holds the promise of a 'triple win' by improving rural livelihoods, increasing resilience in the face of climate extremes, and mitigating climate change.  

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UNEP Releases Report on Roles of Financial Institutions in Forest-Carbon Markets [viewed]

6 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report titled “REDDy-Set-Grow: Opportunities and roles of financial institutions in forest carbon markets,” which stresses that the financial sector must step up its engagement in the emerging green market, and proposes improved regulation to this end.

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OAS Celebrates International Year of Forests [viewed]

May 2011: The Organization of American States (OAS) has released a summary of its activities in celebration of the International Year of Forests.

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UNDP and Samoa to Integrate Climate Change Resilience into Forestry Management [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministers of Finance (MOF) and Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa have signed a joint Project on the "Integration of Climate Change Risks and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa (ICCRIFS)."

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (African Workshop) [viewed]

African government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will attend this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The workshop will convene in Douala, Cameroon, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop offers a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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