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UN-REDD Programme Invites Comments on Free, Prior and Informed Consent Guidelines [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has announced that the draft Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) are open for public review. Comments are requested by 15 January 2012.

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Event: Meeting of the Mountain Focus Group [viewed]

The meeting of the Mountain Focus Group will follow up on a similar event held at the Swiss Mission in May 2011. Participants will share information on how to advance the effective implementation of the sustainable mountain development agenda in the preparatory process leading to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The meeting will work toward a common understanding on how best to include mountain development in the discussions and negotiations on Rio+20. The meeting is jointly organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Italian and Swiss Missions to the UN.  

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FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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FAO Council Adopts Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA [viewed]

FAO1 December 2011: The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) was adopted by the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), as a new global framework for the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity as a key element in fighting poverty and achieving increased food security, in the face of climate change.

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FAO Report Documents Impacts of Climate on Wildlife [viewed]

5 December 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) published a report, titled “Wildlife in a Changing Climate," describing consequences of climate change on wildlife, as well as potential measures to adapt to climate change, including restoring and adopting landscape approaches.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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FAO Releases Brief on REDD+ and Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

FAO24 November 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a policy brief titled "Building bridges between REDD+ and sustainable agriculture: Addressing agriculture's role as a driver of deforestation."

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Planned Activities for Durban [viewed]

UN-REDD Newsletter - Novermber 201123 November 2011: The November issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter highlights a number of recent activities and reports related to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), and outlines UN-REDD's planned activities at the Durban Climate Conference.

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Event: Second Session of a Plenary Meeting on IPBES [viewed]

The second session of a plenary meeting to determine the modalities and institutional arrangements for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will take place in Panama from 16-21 April 2012. The plenary is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations. The deadline for registration (see website for registration form) is 31 January 2012.  

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