Forests & REDD

WFP Launches Tree-Planting Initiative in Tajikistan [viewed]

7 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a tree-planting initiative in Tajikistan, which aims to secure a future source of food for the hungry poor, as well as offset some of WFP's carbon footprint. In two food-insecure areas of Tajikistan, the west and in the eastern Rasht Valley, WFP has given 800 families 40 trees each of the following varieties: apricot, pomegranate, cherry, mulberry, almond, pistachio and pine.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation [viewed]

2 April 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released its third newsletter, which presents activities, studies and projects on adaptation of forests to climate change across the Mediterranean region.

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UN Secretary-General's Report for Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Released [viewed]

1 April 2010: The UN Secretary-General's report on "Progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development and analysis of the themes for the Conference" (A/CONF.216/PC/2) has been released in preparation for the 17-19 May 2010 Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will meet in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in 2012 (Rio+20).

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CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility [viewed]

March 2010: Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) Programme. A key finding of the assessment is the need for further guidance on non-carbon monitoring from the FCPF, the UN-REDD Programme, and the international community.

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World Agroforestry Center and COMESA Host Workshop on Agroforestry Opportunities [viewed]

31 March 2010: Scientists from 14 countries in Eastern Southern Africa convened at a workshop hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to discuss how to improve the participation of African countries in global carbon markets.

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UN-REDD and Indonesia Collaborate to Curb Deforestation [viewed]

30 March 2010: Indonesia and the UN-REDD Programme launched efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in Indonesia by supporting the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry in their preparations for national REDD implementation.

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UNITAR and Yale University Call for Papers [viewed]

30 March 2010: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Yale University have announced a call for papers for the second Global Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, which will take place at Yale University, New Haven, US, from 17-19 September 2010. The Conference will focus on the theme “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy.”

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IWMI and WorldFish Center Release Report on Climate Change in Southeast Asia [viewed]

March 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WorldFish Center, both members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), have released a report titled "Scoping Study on Natural Resources and Climate Change in Southeast Asia with a Focus on Agriculture," with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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Event: Forest Day 4 [viewed]

This event will be held alongside the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and will be organized by a number of organizations, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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European Council Endorses Post-Copenhagen Strategy [viewed]

26 March 2010: The European Council, gathering Heads of State and government of the EU, met in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 March 2010, to discuss the EU's strategy on the international climate change negotiations, among other things. In its conclusions, the European Council called for introducing a new dynamic to the international negotiation process, and proposed following a stepwise approach building on the Copenhagen Accord and its swift implementation.

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