Forests & REDD

UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights 5th Anniversary Celebrations, Viet Nam Programme [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme6 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the forty-second edition of its newsletter, which highlights the launch of Phase II of Viet Nam's REDD+ programme.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration in discussions during the upcoming session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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CIFOR Brief Calls for Greater Clarity on REDD+ Verification [viewed]

CIFOR6 November 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its sixty-sixth information brief, which focuses on removing verification obstacles to the successful negotiation of an international REDD+ mechanism.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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ICRAF Holds Training Workshop on 'Talking Toolkit' for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)30 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) held a training-of-trainers workshop on participatory tools to address climate change exposure and adaptation, with representatives from eight development NGOs. The training focused on ICRAF's 'Talking Toolkit: How smallholder farmers and local governments can together adapt to climate change.'

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CIF Approves Forest Funding for Peru and Energy Access in Liberia [viewed]

CIF30 October 2013: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Sub-Committee Meetings concluded with endorsement of the final pilot country plan from Peru for $50 million under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the endorsement of Liberia's $50 million investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The FIP also approved $16.45 million to support forest and climate information gathering and systematization in Brazil.  

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REDD Exchange Discusses Landscape Approach, Highlights Norway's Engagement [viewed]

NORAD30 October 2013: The Government of Norway, through its International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), convened the REDD Exchange in order to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing on REDD+.

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ICRAF Report Assesses Community Monitoring in REDD+ [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)30 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has reported on a study assessing community participation in monitoring REDD+ projects, which reveals that only about half of REDD+ projects include a community monitoring component.

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CIFOR Report Investigates REDD+ and Deforestation Drivers [viewed]

CIFOR28 October 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a report, titled 'Governing the Design of National REDD+: An analysis of the power of agency,' which investigates how policies, media coverage and policy networks affect REDD+ outcomes based on studies in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam.

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