UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: UNECE Workshop on Forests and Water in Drylands: A Virtuous Cycle [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is convening a Workshop on "Forests and Water in Drylands: A Virtuous Cycle," which will offer an information exchange from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. The workshop will bring together countries and stakeholders from the whole Mediterranean and Central Asia to discuss the nexus forests and water and drylands, with the aim to: discuss the functions of the forests in drylands, their specific relationship to water management, as well as challenges; identify possible solutions, such as trade-offs between water use by trees in drylands, with decreased run-off and water availability for other land uses, and the environmental services and goods provided by forests and other wooded lands; exchange experience on forest and water management tools and policies that enhance both forests and water, including on management and adaptation measures under climate change; discuss case studies of integrated management of forests and water in drylands; explore the potential and challenges of existing or future use of payments for ecosystems services in this area; and identify areas of gaps and future work on forests and water in drylands. The workshop is organized by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the UNECE Water Convention secretariat, in close cooperation with the Forestry and Timber Section of UNECE and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the FAO Forest Conservation Team and the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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Ramsar, UNECE Collaborate on Transboundary Wetlands Assessment [viewed]

16 May 11: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) is collaborating with the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) in carrying out the Second Assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE Pan-European region.

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Stakeholders Consider Draft Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

11 May 2010: A stakeholders meeting on the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-11 May 2011, under the auspices of the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Workshop: Payments for Ecosystems Services: What role for a green economy? [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute, are organizing a workshop to discuss the role of payment for ecosystem services for the green economy. The workshop will address issues linked to payments for different ecosystem services, particularly in the forest and water sectors, to explain the sectoral relevance of environmental research linked to the valuation and payment of ecosystem service. The outcome of this workshop will feed into an action plan on forests and the green economy that will be discussed at the joint session of the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey, and presented as a sectoral contribution at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012.  

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UNECE Organizes Albania Consultation Meeting on Drin Basin Management [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) convened a meeting in Tirana, Albania, on 5 April 2011, to discuss and elaborate on management issues, needs and actions for the sustainable management of the Drin Basin, as well as to facilitate the development of the Strategic Shared Vision for the Basin's management.

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CCCCC Publishes March-April 2011 Issue of Climate Change News Update [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published its fourth Climate Change News Update. The March-April 2011 issue of News Update compiles major international and regional climate change news, including climate change-related events, studies, reports and resource materials.

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UNECE Publishes 2011 Report [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published its 2011 Annual Report, in which UNECE achievements in 2010 and opportunities in 2011 are summarized.

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UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments [viewed]

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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