Forests & REDD

Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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Event: UNECE Timber Committee Market Discussions and Policy Forum [viewed]

The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will gather governments, industry, research, non-governmental organizations and the media to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector. Under the theme "Innovative Wood Products are the Future," discussion will address: wood energy, carbon markets and certified forest products markets, and the role of wood products in mitigating climate change.  

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Event: Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) [viewed]

Held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this meeting will will focus on plant and aquatic genetic resources, the application and integration of biotechnologies in the conservation and utilization of genetic resources, as well as on climate change and genetic resources for food and agriculture. Furthermore, the Commission will consider policies and arrangements for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture, including relevant aspects of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other agenda items include: the updated Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; review of cooperation with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and the CBD; review of the information base for aquatic genetic resources and key issues for the State of the World's Aquatic Genetic Resources; and review of progress in other areas of the CGRFA's Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW), including Forest genetic resources and animal genetic resources and overall MYPOW implementation and review.  

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World Bank Outlines Brazil's Opportunities for Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

17 June 2010: The World Bank has released a study titled "Brazil Low-Carbon Country Case Study," which finds that this country could reduce its gross greenhouse gas (GHG)  emissions by up to 37% between 2010 and 2030, while maintaining the development goals set out by the government for that period, and without negatively affecting growth or jobs.

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UN-Backed Workshop Addresses Wood Energy in the CIS and Turkey [viewed]

17 June 2010: At a workshop on policy options for wood energy in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), national forest and energy experts discussed ways to accelerate the production and use of cost-effective wood energy in the region.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Water Scarcity, Drought, Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

11 June 2010: The Environment Council of the EU, which met on 11 June 2010, in Luxembourg, adopted conclusions on water scarcity, drought and adaptation to climate change, as well as on preparing forests for climate change.

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UNECE Organizes Energy and Climate Meetings [viewed]

11 June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has hosted a series of energy and climate meetings at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) Project convened on 10 June 2010. It was preceded by the 15th Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, on 9 June 2010, and followed by the 21th Session of the Steering Committee of the GEE21 Project, on 11 June.

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CARICOM-US Discuss Partnership for Prosperity and Security [viewed]

10 June 2010: The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Delegation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 10 June 2010, and pledged to strengthen cooperation in responding to common challenges in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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CIF Announces Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Climate First have published online a "Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds," which describes the different funding windows, as well as the role, structure and current status of the CIF.

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