Forests & REDD

Eleven European Countries Ratify Tropical Timber Agreement [viewed]

22dic_09_0218 December 2009: The Governments of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain took part in a ceremony on 18 December 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to indicate their support for the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006).

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REDD+ Gets US$3.5 Billion Initial Funding [viewed]

22dic_09_0516 December 2009: During the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the Governments of Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the UK and the US collectively agreed to dedicate US$3.5 billion as fast-start climate change financing between 2010-2012 for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, including conservation, sustainable forest management (SFM) and stock enhancement).

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UNECLAC Releases Report on Economic Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

18dic_09_0316 December 2009: At a side event held during the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) released a study that identifies the economic impacts of climate change on the region.

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Nominations Sought for Civil Society Observers to Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

16 December 2009: Members of non-profit civil society organizations, networks, or small, local communities involved in issues of climate change have been invited to vote for candidates to civil society observer seats on two sub-committees of the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Strategic Climate Fund (SCF): the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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FAO, UNEP, UNDP, UNCCD, UNFPA, IFAD and World Bank Participate in Development and Climate Days [viewed]

17dic_09_0116 December 2009: The "Development and Climate Days" meeting convened from 11-14 December 2009, alongside the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting provided opportunities to share information on the negotiations and on key development and climate issues.

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CDM EB Launches Four Calls for Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC16 December 2009: During its 51st meeting, held from 30 November-4 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to launch a call for experts in order to replace outgoing members of the Methodologies Panel, the Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, the Small Scale (SSC) Working Group and the Accreditation Panel.

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UNHCR Reports on Climate Change Impact on Eastern Chad [viewed]

16dic_09_0215 December 2009: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported on the conditions of locals and Sudanese refugees living in Iriba and Abeche, Eastern Chad, highlighting the aggravating impact of climate change.

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Nominations Sought for Private Sector Observers to Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

15 December 2009: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is seeking nominations for private sector observers to two sub-programmes in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF): the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) Funds.

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UNFF and CBD Partner on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

CbdUnff15 December 2009: The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen joint actions to ensure that forests are sustainably managed.

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UN Secretary-General Designates Wangari Maathai as UN Messenger of Peace [viewed]

wangari-maathai14 December 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change.

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