Forests & REDD

Event: An Investment Forum: Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa [viewed]

This event is co-organized by PROFOR, the World Bank, IUCN, Ecoagriculture Partners, Terrafrica and the World Agrofrestry Centre to generate greater interest in agroforestry and other landscape approaches, particularly from the private sector. It aims to illustrate that investing in degraded landscapes holds the promise of a 'triple win' by improving rural livelihoods, increasing resilience in the face of climate extremes, and mitigating climate change.  

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UNEP Releases Report on Roles of Financial Institutions in Forest-Carbon Markets [viewed]

6 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report titled “REDDy-Set-Grow: Opportunities and roles of financial institutions in forest carbon markets,” which stresses that the financial sector must step up its engagement in the emerging green market, and proposes improved regulation to this end.

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OAS Celebrates International Year of Forests [viewed]

May 2011: The Organization of American States (OAS) has released a summary of its activities in celebration of the International Year of Forests.

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UNDP and Samoa to Integrate Climate Change Resilience into Forestry Management [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministers of Finance (MOF) and Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa have signed a joint Project on the "Integration of Climate Change Risks and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa (ICCRIFS)."

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (African Workshop) [viewed]

African government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will attend this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The workshop will convene in Douala, Cameroon, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop offers a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: REDD+ after Cancun: Moving from Negotiation to Implementation (Asian Workshop) [viewed]

Asian government negotiators, land managers, representatives of non-government organizations and climate change scientists will participate in this workshop to enhance their skills and understanding of the REDD+ implementation process. The regional workshop will convene in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB). The Workshop will offer a series of expert presentations and in-depth discussions about the REDD+ process. Policy and technical topics will include: safeguards—how to ensure REDD+ projects are implemented without causing harm to the communities and existing biodiversity; co-benefits—how countries can accrue other environmental and social benefits from REDD+ in addition to monetary value of projects; and Measurement, Reporting and Verification—best approaches for systems that guarantee integrity and transparency in the REDD+ implementation process. The IISD-ASB workshop is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and will target participants from countries benefiting from the UN-REDD and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility programs. It is one in a series of training programs aimed at building REDD+ capacity for decision makers and other stakeholders in developing countries. ASB is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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UNDP Administrator Visits REDD+ Pilot Site in Indonesia [viewed]

UNDP28 April 2011: During an official visit in Indonesia, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark visited peat swamp areas in Central Kalimantan and met with local officials to discuss their plans 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) pilot initiatives.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Agenda for Bonn [viewed]

28 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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CPF Calls for Increased Community-Based Forest Management [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes 14 international organizations specializing in the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, has called on governments to increase communities' role in forest management.

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