Forests & REDD

UNDP Presents Climate Strategy at Second Lagos Climate Change Summit [viewed]

UNDPMay 2010: The second Lagos Climate Change Summit took place from 4-7 May 2010, in Lagos, Nigeria, under the theme “Transboundary effects of climate change: sharing best practices in mitigation and adaptation measures.” The Summit brought together about 1200 stakeholders who heard, inter alia, two presentations from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNDP, World Bank Support Hydro Energy in Nepal [viewed]

Bom Khola Power HouseApril 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through its Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), has supported a joint venture of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of the Government of Nepal, in collaboration with the World Bank and local communities, to establish a 100 kw Bom Khola micro hydro plant.

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UNCCD and UNFF Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

25 May 2010: The Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stresses the need to work together to fight land degradation, including in forests.

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CBD SBSTTA 14 Adopts Climate-Related Recommendations [viewed]

21 May 2010: The 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. SBSTTA 14 adopted 18 recommendations to be considered by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD. Climate-related issues are addressed in the recommendations on: mountain biodiversity; inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity, including ocean fertilization; protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; biofuels and biodiversity; and forest biodiversity.

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UNFCCC Publishes Compilation of Emission Reduction Pledges [viewed]

20 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has a published a compilation of pledges for emission reductions and related assumptions (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/INF.1) provided by parties to date and the associated emission reductions. The document provides the background information from parties on pledges and related assumptions, an overview of these pledges, and estimates prepared by the Secretariat of the emission reductions for Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol individually and in aggregate, in accordance with pledges.

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UNECE Releases Guidance on Sustainable Mobilization of Wood [viewed]

19 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a publication titled "Good Practice Guidance on the Sustainable Mobilization of Wood in Europe," which provides an overview of measures countries can take to mobilize their wood resources to help Europe reach its renewable energy objective of 20% by 2020.

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Fifth GEF Replenishment Negotiations Conclude [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) finalized its Fifth Replenishment negotiations, with over 30 countries pledging US$4.25 billion to fund projects with global environmental benefits during the next four years.

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Event: Oslo Climate and Forest Conference [viewed]

This conference will seek to establish an interim partnership arrangement for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). This partnership would aim to ensure rapid implementation of a global coordinated effort to preserve the world's tropical forests, in line with UNFCCC decisions.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Second 2010 Newsletter [viewed]

18 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published its second newsletter for 2010, which includes a video address from Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, in which he notes the need for “firmer, fast achievable action across the whole spectrum of climate responses,” emphasizing that negotiations must produce a clear common understanding of what Cancun can deliver.

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UN-REDD, World Bank Respond to REDD+ Partnership Proposal [viewed]

12 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and Forest Investment Program (FIP) have released a joint statement in response to a draft document released by the organizers of the meeting on the interim REDD+ (reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) partnership, to be held in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010.

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