Forests & REDD

UN-REDD Discusses Monitoring Activities [viewed]

3 August 2010: In the latest UN-REDD Programme media release, Peter Holmgren, UN Food and Agricluture Organization (FAO) Coordinator for the UN-REDD Programme, describes the importance of measuring, reporting and verification (MRV)  for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), and outlines challenges countries face in setting up national monitoring systems.

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Background Paper for High-Level UNGA Meeting on Biodiversity Released [viewed]

August 2010: The Secretary-General has transmitted to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) a background paper for the UNGA's high-level meeting as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, to be held on 22 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNEP Launches 2011 Sasakawa Prize [viewed]

29 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Nippon Foundation have announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Sasakawa Prize, which aims to identify innovative environmental projects in the developing world. The 2011 theme is “Forests for People and for Green Growth,” in support of the 2011 International Year of Forests.

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IFAD Supports Adaptation Efforts in Central America [viewed]

5 August 2010: On a recent visit to Guatemala, Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called attention to regional needs and approaches to fund green programmes to assist in climate change adaptation.

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UNDP, Ecuador to Protect Ecuadorian Amazon [viewed]

UNDP3 August 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Gryspan and Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño have signed an agreement establishing a trust fund to scale up the protection of the Yasuní National Park,  part of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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UNECE, FAO Release Study on Wood Consumption [viewed]

3 August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have published a study showing that, while the consumption of wood and paper products fell by 11.6% in the UNECE region in 2009, wood used for energy is the only segment of the market that grew due to government policies aimed at promoting renewable energy sources in order to mitigate climate change and improve energy security.

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World Bank Launches Tenth Edition of Little Green Data Book [viewed]

29 July 2010: The World Bank has released the tenth edition of its Little Green Data Book, which provides evidence of the last decade's achievements - or lack of progress - on the road towards sustainable development.

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Guyana and Norway Establish Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund [viewed]

13 July 2010: The President of Guyana and Prime Minister of Norway announced the establishment of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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ITTO Annual Report Highlights Climate Activities [viewed]

July 2010: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2009, outlining policy work,  ITTO-sponsored meetings and financing of activities in 2009.

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Event: Workshop on a Practical Guide for Integrating Climate Change into National Forest Programmes [viewed]

This workshop will be coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Forest Programme Facility. It will bring together results from four previous workshops in Cambodia, Paraguay, South Africa and Tanzania to develop generic guidelines for integrating climate change into national forest policy.  

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