Forests & REDD

Bioversity International Explores Dry Forest Restoration in Colombia [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMarch 2014: Bioversity International released a poster report on best practices and protocols for ecosystem restoration in tropical dry forests in Colombia, where only 8% of original extent remains. The report notes the importance of selecting species and designing restoration interventions based on genetic considerations, species functional traits and the projected impacts of climate change. 

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LAC Countries Build Momentum for Climate Agreement, Chemicals and Waste Management [viewed]

UNEP16 March 2104: The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resulted in a declaration and set of decisions to support the mainstreaming of environmental considerations into development, and establish a regional cooperation agenda to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agendas for SBI and SBSTA 40 [viewed]

UNFCCC13 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas for the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014.

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CIFOR Assesses Peatlands Carbon in Peru [viewed]

CIFOR13 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has produced a series of blog posts highlighting the implementation of a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project, titled 'Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program' (SWAMP), in Peru.

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African Countries Share Knowledge on GHG Inventories, Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

unredd-lecbp7 March 2014: The UN-REDD Programme and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP), in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, convened a workshop to discuss building capacities for national forest monitoring systems for REDD+ and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems in African countries.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in April 2014. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Fifteenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will host its 15th Dialogue on Forest, Governance and Climate Change, on 19 March 2014. Participants at the event in Washington, DC, US, will take stock of the agreement reached on REDD+ at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference as well as international efforts to promote the establishment of forest carbon rights in forested countries. The discussion is expected to consider opportunities and challenges presented by these developments and steps to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded. Topics to be addressed include: what happened in Warsaw with implications for carbon rights and safeguards?; the status of forest carbon rights today; the World Bank methodological framework: status, challenges and opportunities; and the way forward on carbon rights, safeguards and REDD.  

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