Forests & REDD

UNEP Sets New Tree Planting Target in Countdown to World Environment Day [viewed]

© UNEP12 May 2009: In the lead-up to World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has set the new target to plant seven billion trees by the end of 2009, under the Billion Tree Campaign.

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UNEP Launches Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

© UNFCCC11 May 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and partners have launched the Carbon Benefits Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Catchments in and around Lake Victoria have been chosen as a test case for calculating how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

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CBD Secretariat's Quarterly Report Includes Activities on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

© CBD5 May 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the quarterly report on the administration of the Convention, covering the period from January-March 2009. In relation to biodiversity and climate change, the report highlights the following activities: a capacity development workshop for the Pacific on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, the Mainstreaming of Biodiversity and the Integration of Climate Change (2-6 February 2009, Nadi, Fiji); and an online dialogue on the links between biodiversity, climate change adaptation and risks and vulnerabilities (9-20 March 2009) in preparation for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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EU and Canadian Leaders Address Climate Change, the Environment and Energy Security [viewed]

© EU6 May 2009: The leaders of the EU and Canada met in Prague, Czech Republic, on 6 May 2009, for their regular summit and adopted a declaration reiterating that their priority areas include climate change and the environment, and energy security and sustainability. In the declaration, the EU and Canadian leaders expressed their commitment to continue their cooperation in the context of their High-Level Dialogue on Energy, highlighting carbon capture and storage (CCS), bioenergy, and distributed generation and smart electricity networks as priority collaboration areas.

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Coalition for Rainforest Nations Workshop on National Forest Inventories in Non-Annex I Countries Convenes [viewed]

29 April 2009: The Coalition for Rainforest Nation's Capacity Development for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (CD REDD) Programme held the third of a series of three workshops in Dehradun, India, from 27-29 April 2009, under the theme “National Forest Inventory: The Experiences of Non-Annex I Countries.”

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GEF STAP Addresses GEF'S Role in REDD [viewed]

© GEFMay 2009: The Global Environment Facility's Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) met in Rome, Italy, from 28-30 April 2009, to review GEF implementation science and the emerging strategies for the fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases UK's GHG Inventory [viewed]

© UNFCCC30 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the 2007 and 2008 greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submissions of the UK (FCCC/ARR/2008/GBR). The expert review team (ERT) finds the inventory to be generally in line with the Revised 1996 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines, the IPCC good practice guidance and the IPCC good practice guidance for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Organizes NWP Workshop on Economic Resilience [viewed]

A group shot of the workshop participants.4 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors through Economic Diversification, which met from 28-30 April 2009, in Cairo, Egypt. The workshop was convened under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP).

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UNFF8 Adopts Decision on Forests in a Changing Environment [viewed]

UNFF8 Chair Boen M. Purnama gaveled UNFF8 to a close at 05h53m on Saturday, 2 May 20094 May 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), which convened from 20 April-1 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. After a late night session on the final day of negotiations, UNFF8 delegates adopted a resolution on forests in a changing environment, which encourages member States to, inter alia, strengthen the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) in addressing the challenges faced by forests due to climate change, forest degradation, and biodiversity and forest cover loss.

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UNCTAD Holds Expert Meeting on CDM Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

© UNCTADMay 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held an expert meeting on the “Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges Under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27-29 April 2009. The event included presentations by academics, research institutions and country experts who explored ways to facilitate participation from developing countries and least developed countries in the CDM, and provided examples of how to overcome existing obstacles to greater CDM investment flows.

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