Forests & REDD

UNCCD COP 9 Considers Links with Climate Change during High-Level Segment [viewed]

L-R: Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD; Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana; Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina; Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina; Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland; and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya29 September 2009: The high-level segment of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conducted a roundtable discussion on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” The two-day segment, which convened from 28-29 September 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together participants from over 60 States.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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UNU-IAS Launches Site on REDD and Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

© UNU-IASSeptember 2009: The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Traditional Knowledge Initiative has recently re-launched the REDD Site, part of a pilot project on promoting the effective participation of indigenous peoples in processes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).

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Heads of State Pledge to Take Action on REDD [viewed]

© UN-REDD23 September 2009: On the sidelines of the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a high-level event on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Many Heads of State and government in attendance committed to take action on this issue.

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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AOSIS Summit Reviews Negotiations, Adopts Declaration [viewed]

© SIDSNet22 September 2009: The AOSIS Climate Change Summit was held in New York, on 21 September 2009, to set a course for AOSIS negotiators in the final months of talks on a post-2012 agreement.

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UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign Reaches Seven Billion [viewed]

© UNEP21 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that its Billion Tree Campaign has reached 7 billion trees, which UNEP noted represents one tree for every person on the planet.

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Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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Climate Change Summit Background Paper Released [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: Key questions and themes to guide the roundtable discussions of Heads of State and Government during the upcoming Climate Change Summit, to be held on 22 September 2009, have been identified in the UN Secretary-General's Background Paper.

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