Forests & REDD

AU Calls for Articles for ECOLOGUE Journal [viewed]

African Union (AU)1 August 2011: In preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the African Union (AU) is launching a new policy journal, ECOLOGUE, with a focus on climate change issues.

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World Bank's FCPF Carbon Fund Becomes Operational [viewed]

25 July 2011: The July newsletter of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), housed at the World Bank, highlights that its Carbon Fund has become operational. The Fund will provide payments for verified emissions reductions from programmes for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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Event: Seventh UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

Participation in the seventh UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting is by invitation only. Registration will close on 24 August 2011.  

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Event: 18th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

The 18th session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission will convene alongside the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week and will consider the theme "The Importance of Governance and Benefit Sharing in the Sustainable Management of African Forests, Trees and Wildlife". It is expected that the session will underscore the importance of good governance in natural resource management as well as emphasize the need to include all stakeholders in decision making, implementation and benefit sharing for sustainable forest and wildlife resource management.  

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Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting Discusses Climate, Environment and Energy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The second Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and included reports from the working groups on climate and environment, and on energy.

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IFPRI Releases Series of Briefs on Food Security and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.

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Event: Training Workshop on Payments for Ecosystem Services and REDD+ [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Forest Trends and the International Katoomba Group, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is to provide African policy makers, private sector representatives as well as those from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with an increased understanding of the opportunities available from payments for ecosystem services (PES). The workshop will also highlight the of potential PES to create incentives for moving towards a practice of natural resource management that takes the true values of carbon, water and biodiversity environmental services into account.  

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Event: REDDy for Durban: Designing an Effective International Regime for Financing Forest-Based Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is hosting this online discussion with leading financial and government representatives to mark the launch of a landmark UNEP FI report titled "REDDy-Set-Grow: Part II - Recommendations for International Climate Change Negotiators." The webinar is intended to explore the key issues surrounding the financing of any future REDD+ agreement from the perspectives of the different stakeholders.  

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ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil [viewed]

1 August 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has signed an agreement with the Japanese company Marubeni to conduct a feasibility study on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+) in the Brazilian Amazon.

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UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20111 August 2011: In July, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values. The timeline for nominations to the programme has now been updated. 

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