Forests & REDD

FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Event: UNDP Briefing on Forest Conservation and Restoration for Limiting Warming to below 2°C and Achieving Global Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is bringing together UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, actor and activist Alec Baldwin, Peruvian indigenous Ashaninka leader Diana Rios, Indonesian indigenous Dayak leader Mina Setra, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Frances Seymour, non-profit executive and philanthropist Alexander Soros, and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker for an event leading up to the 22 April Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony. The event will focus on the critical role of forests in meeting the international community's climate change objectives, particularly how secure rights to indigenous and community-held land can prevent deforestation. During the event, new research regarding the status of land rights in relation to country climate change commitments will be presented.  

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World Bank Announces Five-Year Forest Action Plan [viewed]

world_bank_new6 April 2016: The World Bank Group has released the 'Forest Action Plan FY16-20,' which aims to integrate the sustainable management of forests more fully into the Bank's development priorities over the next five years.

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EU FLEGT Facility Releases Factsheet on VPAs and the SDGs [viewed]

euflegt30 March 2016: The EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Facility has released a factsheet and a briefing exploring how Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-exporting countries contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

The sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will address the theme 'Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa'. The session opens with a two-day meeting of the expert group, followed by the ministerial segment on 18 and 19 April 2016. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for ministers and experts to deliberate on how to move forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to assess the implications for Africa of the Paris agreement on Climate Change, especially in relation to the swift implementation of the African initiatives on Renewable Energy and Adaptation. Established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt, AMCEN's mandate includes advocating for environmental protection in Africa and ensuring that: basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner; social and economic development is realized at all levels; and agricultural activities and practices meet the food security needs of the region. Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee and LDC Expert Group Begin Work under Paris Mandate, Climate Change Adaptation, DRR and Sustainable Development Interlinkages Come to the Fore [viewed]

unfccc_unu_undp_une-_wcmc9 April 2016: Alongside the long-term goal of limiting temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the Paris Agreement on climate change includes a long-term adaptation goal, namely that of "enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal." Furthermore, the vast majority of national climate plans submitted in advance of Paris (or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)) included descriptions of countries' adaptation goals, priorities, actions and needs. This Adaptation Update is the first in a series that aims to track the implementation of the adaptation component of these INDCs, and progress towards the long-term adaptation goal of the Paris Agreement. The activities reported in this Update also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), as well as SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

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March 2016 Climate Finance Update: Fund Boards Meet, Carbon Markets Under the Spotlight [viewed]

march2016_climate_finance7 April 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Policy Update #31: Monthly Forecast: April 2016 [viewed]

As the international sustainable development community begins the fourth month of the “2016 Year of Implementation,” a number of events will demonstrate how various entities are approaching the implementation of the three key outcomes from the “2015 Year of Decision”: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Event: PROFOR Advisory Board Meeting [viewed]

This meeting will focus on the theme 'Informing, Connecting and Shaping Forests,' and will consider how knowledge and tools developed under the Program on Forests (PROFOR) are influencing and improving development outcomes in the forest sector and beyond. Presentations will include an update on PROFOR's cross-sectoral programmatic activities, results from PROFOR's strengthened monitoring and evaluation program, and an overview of the proposed PROFOR portfolio for 2016 including country and regional activities.  

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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