Forests & REDD

European Ministers Refine Negotiating Mandate for Copenhagen [viewed]

© Swedish Presidency of the EU21 October 2009: The environment ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed on their negotiating position for Copenhagen during a Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 21 October 2009. European finance ministers, who met during a Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 20 October 2009, were not able to agree on climate financing.

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UNECE-FAO Forum Underscores Role of Forest Sector in Reducing Emissions, Green Economy [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A policy forum on “The Forest Sector in the Green Economy,” organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 15 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighted the need to promote and maximize the forest sector's contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reflect this in post-Kyoto climate change agreements.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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Governing Body Selected for Forest Investment Program [viewed]

© The World Bank20 October 2009: The World Bank has announced the results of the regional self-selection process for member States in the governing body of the Forest Investment Program (FIP). Six developing countries (Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Morocco, Nepal and Romania) will join five contributor countries (Australia, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) on the FIP Trust Fund Sub-Committee, which is the governing body of the FIP. The Sub-Committee will hold its first meeting on 29 October 2009, in Washington, DC, US.

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World Forestry Congress Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

© WFC 200920 October 2009: A special forum on Forests and Energy convened today as part of the XIII World Forestry Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event consisted of three panels, addressing the current status and trends of technology for wood energy production and use, the social and environmental impacts of bioenergy production, and bioenergy policy and measures to plot a course for sustainable outcomes.

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IPCC, FAO and IFAD Hold Expert Meeting on Data for LULUCF and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses [viewed]

© IPCC20 October 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are sponsoring a meeting of experts at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 20-22 October 2009, to provide advice on how to use international datasets to develop greenhouse gas emission and removal estimates for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sectors.

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FAO Global Forest Satellite Data Made Available [viewed]

© FAO20 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and numerous partners have made available free, high-resolution and ready-to-use satellite data as part of the Global Forest Resources Assessment.

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OECD Launches Publication on Mitigation Economics [viewed]

© OECDOctober 2009: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced a book entitled “The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012.”

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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Third GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Discusses Allocations for Focal Areas [viewed]

© GEF15 October 2009: The third meeting of participants for the fifth Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) Replenishment convened at the World Bank office in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009.

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