Forests & REDD

FAO Invites Comments on Guidelines for Forest Policymakers [viewed]

25 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a zero draft of the "Climate Change for Forest Policy Makers- An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management," and is calling for comments on the draft by 20 June 2011.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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FAO, World Bank Release Forest Governance Framework [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) have released a forest governance guidance framework with applications for developing countries' efforts for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), titled "Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance."

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UNFCCC Publishes the GHG Inventory of the Netherlands [viewed]

20 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/NLD) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Netherlands submitted in 2010.

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CBD Announces TEMATEA Tool on Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), has announced the launch of a web-based tool to support the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity, based on the TEMATEA platform.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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OECD Releases Review of Norway's Environmental Protection [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review of the environmental performance of Norway, which praises Norway's pioneering role in environmental protection, but calls for further action, notably in addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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EU Ministers Discuss Next Steps in International Climate Finance [viewed]

17 May 2011: The European Council of Economic and Financial Affairs adopted conclusions on key issues and next steps in international climate finance, including the endorsement of an updated final report on fast-start finance provided in 2010, emphasizing that it confirms that the EU and its member States have mobilized EUR2.34 billion in 2010 as part of a broader commitment to provide EUR7.2 billion cumulatively over the period 2010-12.

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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