Forests & REDD

UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Discusses Early Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

© UNESCO13 June 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). The article, titled “The Drying of the Tana Delta, Kenya,” highlights perspectives from Kenya on early impacts of climate change.

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World Agroforestry Center Launches REDD-Alert Project [viewed]

© World Agroforestry Center June 2009: The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has initiated a research project on the socioeconomic drivers and impacts of deforestation.

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World Bank Booklet on Climate-related Activities [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank has published a booklet titled “Development and Climate Change: The World Bank Group at Work,” which provides an overview of its activities related to climate change, including sections on partnerships, strategy, finance, knowledge and capacity.

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CIFOR Study on Oil Palm Plantations Identifies Research Needs on Biofuels and Carbon Impacts [viewed]

June 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a study on the impacts and research needs with regard to oil palm plantations, covering, among other issues, the impacts of increased cultivation for biofuel production.

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UN Chief Executives Board Organizes Panel on Key Issues for REDD Implementation [viewed]

© UN-REDD9 June 2009: The UN Chief Executives Board (CEB) organized a panel, on the sidelines of the climate change talks being held in Bonn, Germany, to present UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that assists forested developing countries and the international community gain experience with REDD.

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OECD Publishes Report on the Economics of Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

5 June 2009: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) outlines key steps towards the development of a single international carbon price, including phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and expanding and linking regional carbon markets through direct linking of existing emission trading systems, scaled-up Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), use of sectoral crediting mechanisms, and incorporation of the forest sector.

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UNCCD's Land Day Discusses Linkages between Climate Change and Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought [viewed]

© ENB7 June 2009: On 6 June 2009, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat hosted “Land Day” at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNDP Annual Report Focuses on Food, Energy, Climate and Economic Crises [viewed]

© UNDP June 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has issued its 2009 Annual Report titled “Living Up to Commitments.” The report focuses on the need to ensure that the global shocks, including the food, energy, climate and economic crises, do not reverse progress achieved on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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FAO Releases Fifth Issue of its FoodClimate E-newsletter [viewed]

June 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published the fifth issue of its FoodClimate E-newsletter.

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CBD Calls for Nominations for Capacity Workshop on Forest Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

1 June 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting nominations for a sub-regional capacity building workshop for South-Eastern Asia on forest biodiversity and climate change, to be held from 2-5 September 2009, in Singapore City, Singapore.

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