Forests & REDD

FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative [viewed]

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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Report of 52nd Meeting of CDM Executive Board Published [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Report of the 52nd meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 8-12 February 2010, and considered matters relating to the operation of the CDM, is now available.

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UNFCCC Publishes Inventory Reports from Hungary and Greece [viewed]

8 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submissions of Hungary (FCCC/ARR/2009/HUN) and Greece (FCCC/ARR/2009/GRC).

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MULTISTAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE CONSIDERS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION [viewed]

A one-day meeting convened on 1 February 2010 at UN Headquarters, with the goal of accelerating the pace by which decisions of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) are turned into action.

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UNFF 9 CHAIR ADDRESSES ECOSOC MEETING [viewed]

At a joint meeting of the Bureau of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Chairpersons of its functional commissions, Arvid Ozols, Chair of the ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9), delivered an address on recent achievements of the UNFF with regard to sustainable forest management and its contributions to gender equality and internationally agreed development goals.

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FAO Launches Website on Assisted Natural Forest Regeneration [viewed]

8 February 2010:  The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new website on assisted natural regeneration (ANR) of forests, an effective and low cost forest and biodiversity restoration and rehabilitation method.

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CIF-Pledged Funds for Forest Management and Renewable Energy Investments Reach US$700 Million [viewed]

4 February 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of its Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) sub-committee on 3 February 2010, and its Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-committee from 3-4 February 2010, in Washington DC, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Annual Submission Reports [viewed]

28 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submissions of: the Russian Federation (FCCC/ARR/2009/RUS); Norway (FCCC/ARR/2009/NOR); Switzerland (FCCC/ARR/2009/CHE); Lithuania (FCCC/ARR/2009/LTU); and Iceland (FCCC/ARR/2009/ISL).

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ITTO Newsletter Examines the Competitiveness of REDD and Oil Palm [viewed]

1 February 2010:  The latest issue of the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) newsletter, Tropical Forest Update,  includes an article that questions whether payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) can make natural forests competitive with oil palm plantations.

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