Forests & REDD

CMS Secretariat Highlights Threats Posed by Energy Demand to Gorilla Conservation [viewed]

© CMS22 May 2009: On the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) stressed that the ever-growing human demand for energy and its consequences represent an omnipresent yet invisible threat to gorillas and their habitats.

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CBD Secretariat Publishes Fourth Issue of e-Newsletter on REDD and Biodiversity [viewed]

May 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published the fourth issue of its e-newsletter on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and Biodiversity.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases AWG-KP8 Negotiating Texts [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 May 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents prepared by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) to be discussed at its eighth session, scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 1-12 June 2009.

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for Investments in Ecological Infrastructure [viewed]

© UNEP14 May 2009: Speaking at the launch of the report “The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner stated that reversing environmental degradation and investing in ecological infrastructure such as forests, soils and water bodies is part of the Green Economy solution.

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Proposed Agenda and Annotations of CDM Executive Board 47 Released [viewed]

© UNFCCC12 May 2009: The proposed agenda and annotations, together with the draft work programme, for the 47th meeting of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), scheduled to be held from 26-28 May 2009, in Bonn, Germany, are now available.

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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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