Forests & REDD

FAO's Committee on Forestry Calls for Implementing SFM to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO)

22 March 2009: The 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO) convened from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The meeting attracted over 550 participants from COFO member States, including heads of forestry departments, UN agencies, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In plenary sessions held throughout the week, participants discussed: the FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry; the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' Strategic Framework on Forests and Climate Change and related topics, including sustainable forest management (SFM) and climate change; forest genetic resources; reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; access to financing; the impacts of recent economic turbulence on the forest sector; and preparations for the XIII World Forestry Congress.

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Polar Bear Meeting Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2009: Representatives from the five parties to the 1973 Polar Bear Conservation Agreement – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US – met from 17-19 March 2009, in Tromsoe, Norway.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Tuvalu's Submission on LULUCF [viewed]

20 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5/Add.1) to document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5), which elaborates on how to address, where applicable, the definitions, modalities, rules and guidelines for the treatment of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol.

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UN-REDD Programme Approves Funds [viewed]

Forests store CO2 helping alleviate climate change

18 March 2009: The UN-REDD Programme, an initiative on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), has approved US$18 million for activities in five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Programme is sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The approved sum constitutes roughly one-third of available funding under the Programme, and will be dedicated to measures such as monitoring, stakeholder engagement, enhancement of non-carbon benefits, and strengthening of institutional capacity.

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FAO Launches State of the World's Forests 2009 Report [viewed]

Increased attention to “green development” could provide a new direction to the development of the forest sector.

16 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the State of the World's Forests 2009. The report was released on the first day of the 19th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), which is taking place from 16-20 March 2009, in Rome, Italy. The report notes that the economic crisis and climate change raise the profile of forest management on the global agenda, as demand for products and environmental services is expected to increase in the coming decades.

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UNFCCC Releases Stakeholder REDD Document [viewed]

13 March 2009: The UNFCCC has posted on its website a document regarding reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) titled “Implications of REDD baseline methods for different country circumstances during an initial performance period,” submitted by The Nature Conservancy.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases LULUCF Document [viewed]

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF.1) that elaborates on how to address, where applicable, the definitions, modalities, rules and guidelines for the treatment of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol. The elaboration builds on annex III to the report of the AWG-KP on the first part of its sixth session, annex IV to the report of the AWG-KP on its resumed fifth session, and relevant information submitted by parties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions in Preparation for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

9 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document containing party submissions in preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009. The document is titled “Further elaboration of the options, elements and issues contained in annex IV to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/3 [possible approaches targeting sectoral emissions and on greenhouse gases, sectors and source categories to be covered] and annex III to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/5 [possible options for consideration relating to land use, land-use change and forestry], including on which proposals could address cross-cutting issues, and how.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases REDD Submissions in Preparation for SBSTA 30 [viewed]

10 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) that will be considered during the 30th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), scheduled to take place in June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Continues Discussion on REDD [viewed]

On the Frontlines of Climate Change

6 March 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, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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