Forests & REDD

CBD-Commissioned Report Addresses Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects [viewed]

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

6 March 2009: EcoSecurities has published a report, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Titled “Challenges for a Business Case for High-Biodiversity REDD Projects and Schemes,” the report is dedicated to the exploration of market payment options for “high-biodiversity REDD” efforts, or those REDD measures that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

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GEF Releases Review of its Work on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

GEF Releases Review of its Work on Sustainable Forest Management

March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a report titled “A New Climate for Forests: GEF Action on Sustainable Forest Management.” This report reviews: the GEF's work on sustainable forest management (SFM); projects and programmes related to SFM in the GEF's current portfolio; and potential roles for promotion of SMF through the GEF in the post-2012 climate regime.

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World Bank Meeting Considers Design of Forest Investment Program [viewed]

World Bank

6 March 2009: The second design meeting for the World Bank's Forest Investment Program (FIP), a part of its Climate Investment Framework (CIF), took place on 5-6 March 2009, in Washington DC, US.

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CDM A/R and SSC Working Group Reports Released [viewed]

6 March 2009: Two reports from recent Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) Working Group meetings have been released. The first is the

report from the 23rd meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation

(A/R) Working Group, which took place from 25-27 February 2009. The

second report is that of the 19th meeting of the CDM Small Scale (SSC)

Working Group, which took place from 24-27 February 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretatriat Releases Review of Austria's National GHG Inventory [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC has released the report of the individual review of the GHG inventory of Austria submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/AUT). The expert review team (ERT) finds that Austria has submitted a complete set of common reporting format tables for 1990-2006 and a national inventory report. The submission is complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as in terms of categories and gases. The inventory is generally in line with Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with the IPCC good practice guidance, with the IPCC good practice guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), and is generally complete and of a high quality.

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UNEP's Carbon Finance Initiative Proceeds [viewed]

Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe),

27 February 2009: Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe), which is coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risø Centre in partnership with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and the French National Forestry Office, recently selected four projects to move forward, pending formal approval of their Project Idea Notes.

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FAO Highlights Importance of Planted Forests [viewed]

Industrial roundwood production from planted forests, Brazil

27 February 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study titled “Wood from Planted Forests.” The study underscores the critical role that planted forests play in securing future wood supply and in providing other ecosystem services. The report underscores that the importance of planted forests will increase in the future, given their ability to sequester carbon and contribute other services, such as soil and water conservation.

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GEF-STAP to Hold Workshop on REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

Global Environment Facility-Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP)

March 2009: The Global Environment Facility-Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (GEF-STAP) will hold a workshop on reducing emissions from  deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), forest conservation, and sustainable forest management on 31 March 2009, in Washington, DC, US. This workshop will constitute GEF-STAP's contribution to the GEF's fifth replenishment strategies for climate change, sustainable forest management, land degradation and biodiversity. 

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UNFF to Consider Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has posted additional documents in preparation for its eighth session, which will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US. These include discussion papers submitted by the Major Groups, and advance unedited reports on, inter alia: forests and climate change; forest degradation and desertification; and recommendations for forests in a changing environment.

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UNEP Report Highlights Environmental Degradation in Amazon [viewed]

 A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model18 February 2009: The findings of a report supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), entitled “Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia,” reveal the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication is part of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series and highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region.

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