Forests & REDD

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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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

31 January 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that provides a forum for discussion on forestry issues in Mediterranean countries, has released its second newsletter. This issue focuses on forest genetic resources as a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to climate change.

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Climate Investment Funds Extend Deadline to Express Interest in Forest Pilot Projects [viewed]

January 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced the extension of a deadline to submit expressions of interest to participate in the first projects to be funded by the Forest Investment Programs (FIP).

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Event: Fourth Policy Board Meeting of the UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

The Fourth Policy Board meeting of the UN-REDD Programme will include a field visit, which will provide an opportunity to explore current issues, challenges and concerns about REDD+ (reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable forest management (SFM) and stock enhancement).  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reflects on Copenhagen Conference [viewed]

22 January 2009: The fifth issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter provides an overview of events surrounding the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). These events included the production by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of a draft decision on methodological issues, which was adopted by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), and references to REDD being included in the Copenhagen Accord.

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