Forests & REDD

CDM Releases Meeting Reports of Afforestation/Reforestation and Small-Scale Working Groups [viewed]

25 February 2010: The reports of the 24th meeting of the Small-Scale Working Group (SSC WG), which took place from 16-19 February 2010, and the 27th meeting of the Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group (A/R WG), which took place from 17-19 February 2010, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) website.

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Summit on Latin American and Caribbean Unity Addresses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

25 February 2010: The Heads of State and government of Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered at the Unity Summit, comprising the 21st Summit of the Rio Group and the second Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Integration and Development. Leaders at the event, which took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, on 23 February 2010, discussed,  among other things, prospects for the climate change negotiations.

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WTO Seeks Comments on Links Between Trade and Deforestation [viewed]

February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is providing a discussion forum for stakeholders to present opinions on trade in natural resources, and has invited comments on an article on trade and deforestation.

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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UNEP Launches "Blue Carbon" Concept [viewed]

25 February 2010: In a joint statement released at the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from 24–26 February 2010, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Indonesian Minister for Marine Affairs and FisheriesFadel Muhammad emphasized the role of marine and coastal ecosystems in the fight against climate change.

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India Joins UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign [viewed]

25 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Government of India has joined the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign by planting two billion trees since 2007, bringing the international campaign's total to over 10 billion planted trees worldwide.

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African Ministers Welcome Calls for New and Innovative Resources for Climate Change [viewed]

21 February 2010:  A meeting of the Committee of African Ministers of Finance and Planning and Governors of Central Banks (Committee of Ten) recognized the importance of pursuing a low-carbon growth path, but emphasized that the additional costs to achieve it should not be at the expense of existing under-resourced development needs.

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IFAD Governing Council Convenes 33rd Session [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) held its 33rd session from 17-18 February 2010, in Rome, Italy, to discuss: the Eighth Replenishment of IFAD's resources; IFAD's budget; revisions of IFAD's lending policies and criteria; progress on the performance-based allocation system; progress on the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); and a synthesis of the global meeting of the Farmers' Forum 2010.

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UNEP Information Note Urges More Ambitious Pledges to Keep Temperatures Below 2ºC by Mid-Century [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling study it compiled, based on the estimates of researchers at nine leading centres. The study concludes that countries will have to make more ambitious GHG emission reduction pledges if global temperature rise is to be curbed at 2ºC or less.

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CIFOR, World Agroforestry Centre and Alternatives to Slash and Burn Release Online Forest and Climate Change Toolbox [viewed]

February 2010: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Alternatives to Slash and Burn and the World Agroforestry Centre, members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), have released a forest and climate change toolbox to build understanding and technical proficiency on issues of climate change and forests.

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