Forests & REDD

European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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ITTC-44 Discusses UNFCCC Forest-Related Developments, Provides Funds for Forest-Sector Response to Climate Change [viewed]

Katarina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair, congratulates Michael Maue, Papua New Guinea, on his nomination as Chair of the ITTC for 2009. 8 November 2008: Participants to the 44th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), which was held in Yokohama, Japan, from 3-8 November 2008, discussed developments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding forests and their potential implications for tropical forests and the world tropical timber economy, but did not adopt a decision on this agenda item.

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EC Announces Communication on Deforestation and Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2008: At the 44th session of the International

Tropical Timber Council and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees

(Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence,

Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management), the European

Commission (EC) announced a communication on deforestation and climate change,

with the goal of informing the EU position at the upcoming climate change

negotiations in Poznan, Poland.

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World Bank: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Participants List Grows [viewed]

High Demand Prompts Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to Expand Beyond Original 20 Developing Countries 24 October 2008: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

(FCPF), a World Bank programme that partners developing countries with

industrialized countries and The Nature Conservancy, a non-governmental

organization, in an effort to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation (REDD) in developing countries, convened its first operational

meeting from 20-22 October 2008, in Washington, DC, US. During the meeting, it

was decided that the programme should be expanded and that ten new developing

countries would be added to the 20 that had originally been selected.

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CDM Executive Board: Webcast and Report Released for 43rd Meeting [viewed]

CDM Executive Board 25 October 2008: The report of the 43rd meeting of the

Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been published and

is now available on the CDM website. The CDM Executive Board, which governs the

CDM, held its 43rd meeting from 22-24 October 2008, in Santiago, Chile.

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative to Get the Global Markets Back to Work 22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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UNFCCC: Informal Meeting of Experts Convenes on Methodological Issues Relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries [viewed]

Informal Meeting of Experts on Methodological Issues relating to Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

22 October 2008: Representatives from parties, intergovernmental

organizations, and nongovernmental organizations met in Bonn, Germany, from

20-21 October 2008, to discuss methodological concerns relating to reducing

emissions from forest degradation in developing countries (REDD).

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European Forest Week Discusses Role of Wood Products in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

European Forest Week 2008 21 October 2008: A policy dialogue took place on 21 October

2008, at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome,

Italy, on the role of wood products and forests in climate change mitigation

and greenhouse gas balances. The event was one of several taking place as part

of European Forest Week 2008, which is being held from 20-24 October 2008.

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CBD Secretariat Posts List of Participants to Receive Funding for Participation in Indigenous Peoples' Consultation on REDD [viewed]

17 October 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN University's

Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Tebtebba, has announced the beneficiaries

of financial assistance for participation in the Global Indigenous Peoples'

Consultation on Potential Impacts of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and

Forest Degradation (REDD)” on Indigenous and Local Communities (12-14 November

2008, Baguio City, Philippines).

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ITTO Organizes Regional Forum on Wood-Based Bioenergy [viewed]

Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste 17 October 2008: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste, which was held from 14-17 October 2008, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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