Forests & REDD

UNFCCC Publishes Synthesis Report of Technical Assessments of Forest Management Reference Levels [viewed]

22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the synthesis report of the technical assessments of the forest management reference level submissions (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/INF.2).

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UN-REDD Publishes Brief on REDD+ and a Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP Policy Brief29 November 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has launched a policy brief titled "REDD+ and a Green Economy: Opportunities for a mutually supportive relationship," which explores the concepts of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) as a source of investment for green development.

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UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest [viewed]

UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest29 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a three-year intervention to rehabilitate the Northern Mau Forest in Kenya. The EU-funded project is expected to restore of water catchments, establish payments for environmental services, improve the livelihoods of local communities, and monitor carbon storage in the Mau Forest.

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UNEP Circulates Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers [viewed]

UNEP28 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) has circulated a series of Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers. The Papers, which are not formal publications of UNEP, aim to reflect the broad range of research activities on economics of ecosystem services, and to encourage discussion on ecosystem services economics among economists, scientists and policy makers.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Expert Meeting on REDD+ Issues [viewed]

27 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the expert meeting on forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels for implementation of activities 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) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.18).

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Standards, Tools and Procedures for CDM Projects [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), at its 65th meeting, adopted various comprehensive standards, tools and procedures to guide the assessment work of third party certifiers and project participants, including standards for the demonstration of additionality and application of methodologies.

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UNEP Launches Climate Change Capacity Building Success Stories [viewed]

Ready, Willing and Able28 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a collection of capacity building success stories titled "Ready, Willing and Able: Empowering Countries to Meet the Climate Challenge." The publication aims to inspire more activities.

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FAO Releases Brief on REDD+ and Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

FAO24 November 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a policy brief titled "Building bridges between REDD+ and sustainable agriculture: Addressing agriculture's role as a driver of deforestation."

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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Paper on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2011/5) on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. The 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA 34) requested that the Secretariat prepare a technical paper on water and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies under the Nairobi work programme (NWP) before SBSTA 35.

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