Forests & REDD

FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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Mexico City Receives Local Climate Action Leadership Award [viewed]

8 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Mexico City has been awarded the World Green Building Council, Local Climate Action Leadership Award. The Award was presented on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference, in Durban, South Africa.

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ITTO, UNCCD Sign MoU on Dry Tropical Forests [viewed]

8 December 2011: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on restoration and sustainable management of dry tropical forests.

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Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN-REDD programme has announced the signing of a Declaration on Intent by seven central African countries, seven donor countries and the European Commission to scale up implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). 

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UN Secretary General Calls for Support for REDD+ [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General7 December 2011: Speaking at a side-event held during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

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UN-REDD Invites Comments on Social and Environmental Principles and Criteria [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has opened for public consultation on its draft social and environmental principles and criteria (SEPC) - Benefit and Risks Tool (BeRT). The consultation is open until 20 January 2012.

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UNEP Shifts Management of Billion Tree Campaign to Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation [viewed]

UNEP7 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) formally handed over the management of the Billion Tree Campaign, which has led to the planting of 12 billion trees in 193 countries, to the youth-led environment organization Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation.

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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UNSG Outlines Expectations for Durban Negotiations [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General6 December 2011: On the first day of high-level talks at the Durban Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Parties to the UNFCCC to move forward on key issues and keep up momentum, even as a comprehensive and binding agreement may be “beyond our reach” in Durban, where governments are gathered for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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Forest Day 5 Highlights African Forests [viewed]

4 December 2011: Forest Day 5 convened in Durban, South Africa, under the theme “From Policy to Practice,” with a special focus on the role of African forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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