Forests & REDD

Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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Climate Change Summit Background Paper Released [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: Key questions and themes to guide the roundtable discussions of Heads of State and Government during the upcoming Climate Change Summit, to be held on 22 September 2009, have been identified in the UN Secretary-General's Background Paper.

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EU Environmental Ministers Call for Stronger Links between REDD, Biodiversity and Development [viewed]

11 September 2009: Environmental ministers and senior officials of the European Union met in Strömstad, Sweden, with a view to contributing to the revision of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) after 2010. At the High-level Meeting entitled “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 – People, Ecosystems and the Climate Crisis,” held on 7-9 September 2009, participants endorsed a target to halt global forest cover loss by 2030 and to reduce gross tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels.

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FAO/UN-REDD Programme Collaborates on Draft Protocol for Measuring and Assessing Forest Carbon [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO September 2009: Gill Petrokofsky, FAO/UN-REDD Programme, and external experts have produced a draft protocol for a project aimed at comparing methods for the measurement and assessment of carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in terrestrial carbon pools.

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GEF Publishes Booklet on its Efforts to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification Globally [viewed]

© GEF September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet portraying its activities to combat land degradation and desertification.

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AGROFORESTRY CONFERENCE PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE LAND USE [viewed]

The Second World Congress on Agroforestry took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-28 August 2009.

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ADB Highlights South Asia's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change [viewed]

© ADB2 September 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) presented, during the South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference on “A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas,” the preliminary findings of a study that highlights how melting Himalayan glaciers and other climate change impacts pose a direct threat to the water and food security of more than 1.6 billion people in South Asia.

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UNEP-Sponsored Project Finds Ecosystem Preservation Plays Key Role in Countering Climate Change [viewed]

© TEEB2 September 2009: Investing in the restoration and maintenance of the Earth's ecosystems can play a key role in countering climate change and climate-proofing vulnerable economies, says a new climate issues update by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project.

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UN-REDD Programme Newsletter [viewed]

© UN-REDD28 August 2009: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) has published its first newsletter.

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UNFCCC Releases LULUCF Document to Help Advance Negotiations [viewed]

17 August 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document to assist parties to make voluntary informal submissions of basic data on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), with descriptions of assumptions and uncertainties.

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