Forests & REDD

European Council Endorses Post-Copenhagen Strategy [viewed]

26 March 2010: The European Council, gathering Heads of State and government of the EU, met in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 March 2010, to discuss the EU's strategy on the international climate change negotiations, among other things. In its conclusions, the European Council called for introducing a new dynamic to the international negotiation process, and proposed following a stepwise approach building on the Copenhagen Accord and its swift implementation.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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FAO Publishes Key Findings of Global Forest Resources Assessment [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published the key findings of its "Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010" (FRA 2010). Among the findings, FAO reports that the world deforestation rate has decreased over the past ten years, but continues at a high rate in many countries.

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UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

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UN-REDD Programme Releases its 2009 Year in Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its inaugural Year in Review report for 2009, which reflects on the Programme's first full year in operation. The report highlights the progress of its pilot countries, the partnerships it cultivated with international partners throughout the year, and the Programme's impact in building international consensus for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Workshop on Challenges for Timber Markets Discusses Trade Measures [viewed]

24 March 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) organized a workshop titled “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets” on 23 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference [viewed]

This conference will focus on the restoration of the world's forests and tackling climate change. It will feature case studies of forest restoration successes, and discussions on actions to be taken for forests to achieve climate change objectives. It will also include a session on "Post Copenhagen: Delivering REDD+."  

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World Agroforestry Centre and Viet Nam to Collaborate on Climate Research [viewed]

19 March 2010: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) highlighted its plans to invest significantly in Viet Nam during a visit to ICRAF headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, by Vietnamese representatives. The meeting focused on how the Centre and Viet Nam's Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation could collaborate, in particular on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).

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GEF Supports Study on Forest Protected Areas [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has supported a study titled “Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and Slowing Climate Change,” which was published in PLoS Biology. The study involved scientists from 13 different organizations and research institutions, and finds that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical and immediate strategies to combat climate change.

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Conference on the "Turning Point on Poverty" Held [viewed]

11 March 2010: The Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK Government hosted a conference titled "Agenda 2010: the Turning Point on Poverty." The event took place on 11 March 2010, in London, UK, and gathered around 80 technical experts from UN agencies and academic institutions, key ministers and policy makers from developing countries.

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