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1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.
24 February 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a call for proposals for its Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES).
February 2011: The Growing Forest Partnership (GFP) has released the February issue of its newsletter. GFP is an initiative funded by the World Bank that supports local, national and international networks to ensure that global discussions about forests include the real and current challenges faced by forest-dependent people and local forest managers.
25 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has published the first issue of an e-newsletter on FCPF activities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also address: development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States; increasing energy efficiency for secure energy supplies; energy efficiency market formation in South-Eastern Europe; removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus; green procurement for smart purchasing; the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region; modern and sustainable heat and power from woody biomass in South-Eastern Europe; and Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.
Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
24 February 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released its first five-year strategy for 2011-2015, which provides a road map for increased support to UN-REDD partner countries for activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).
24 February 2011: The February 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter reviews several recent events related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), including the first five-year Programme Strategy for UN-REDD.
23 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced two projects aimed at conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities in Latin America and Asia, as the 2011 recipients of the Sasakawa Prize.