Forests & REDD

UNFF Adopts Decision on Forest Financing [viewed]

Unff30 October 2009: Member States to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) adopted a decision on means of implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) during a special session of the ninth session of UNFF held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 30 October 2009.

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UNDP Supports GEF-funded Adaptation Project in Mountain Forest Ecosystem in Armenia [viewed]

Gef New LogoOctober 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency for a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) project to build up the resilience and adaption capacity of mountain forest ecosystems in Armenia, a biodiversity hotspot area containing half of the region's floral diversity, to protect against climate change effects.

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World Bank Finances Low Carbon Growth in Mexico, Publishes Study [viewed]

© The World Bank26 October 2009: A World Bank study on “Low-Carbon Development for Mexico” concluded that Mexico could reduce its carbon emissions by at least 42 percent (or 477 million tons) per year by 2030 without sacrificing economic development.

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Global Legislators Organization Sets Priorities for National Climate Laws [viewed]

© GLOBE26 October 2009: National legislators from developed and developing countries agreed on key guiding principles for domestic climate change legislation during a Forum organized by GLOBE (Global Legislators Organization) and the Danish Government on 24-25 October 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UN-REDD Hosts Side Event during World Forestry Congress [viewed]

© UN-REDD23 October 2009: The UN Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (UN-REDD Programme) hosted a side event during the World Forestry Congress, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18-23 October 2009. The side event showcased the UN-REDD Programme's support to country efforts to get ready for REDD and to develop requisite capacity for implementation.

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UNFCCC Releases 1990-2007 National GHG Inventory Data [viewed]

21 October 2009: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a note on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Data for the Period 1990-2007, which proved the “continuing growth in emissions from industrialized countries.” On this basis, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer reiterated the urgent need for a “comprehensive, fair and effective deal” to be sealed in Copenhagen.

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World Forestry Congress Discusses Message to Climate Change COP [viewed]

21 October 2009: Many of the over 6,500 attendants at the XIII World Forestry Congress convened today in a forum on forests and climate change, which concluded with a call to comment on a draft message from the Congress participants to UNFCCC COP15.

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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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