Forests & REDD

UNFCCC Publishes AWG-KP Scenario Note for Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/6) on the fourth part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol, which will open on 29 November 2011, in Durban, South Africa. 

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UN Secretary-General: REDD+ No Substitute for Deep Emissions Cuts [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits an indigenous community affected by deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia17 November 2011: Speaking at a news conference in Indonesia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated that, while REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) is a win-win-win situation for local communities, Indonesia and the world, it is no substitute for deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in developed countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data for 1990-2009 [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data for the period 1990-2009 (FCCC/SBI/2011/9). By various decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), Annex I Parties were requested to submit national inventory data on GHG emissions by sources and removals by sinks by 15 April each year. 

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GEF Highlights Community Forestry Projects in Albania [viewed]

Albania landscape14 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced positive results of a community sustainable forest management project in Albania, which succeeded in establishing forest and pasture management plans for 240 communes.

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests [viewed]

CPF16 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has called for greater attention to the key role that healthy national and international markets can play in sustaining the environment, and in particular the world's forests.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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FCPF Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

November 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), hosted at the World Bank, has released its annual report for the fiscal year 2011. The report highlights strengths and weaknesses of the Facility to date.

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Guest Article #69: Adapting Decision Making for a Warming World [viewed]

The world must start adapting now to a very different, much hotter tomorrow, one in which business as usual policies and practices will simply not suffice. The extreme weather events over the past two years provide a foretaste of what is to come. But dealing with more frequent and intense disasters (to use an apt metaphor) will be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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