Forests & REDD

World Agroforestry Centre Releases Policy Briefs on Biocarbon for Mitigation and Poverty Reduction in Africa [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO26 May 2009: A new international agreement on climate change should take into account the key role African agriculture can play in reducing emissions and increasing carbon stocks across the whole continent, according to two policy briefs released by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Switzerland's REDD Submission [viewed]

27 May 2009: Under the agenda item on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries (REDD): approaches to stimulate action, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the document on issues relating to indigenous people and local communities for the development and application of methodologies, which contains a submission from Switzerland (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.1/Add.2).

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Indigenous Views and REDD [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change19 May 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 (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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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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