UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNECE, FAO Release Forest Products Annual Market Review 2010-2011 [viewed]

3 August 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released the Forest Products Annual Market Review 2010-2011, according to which consumption of forest products in the UNECE region rose by 5.6% overall in 2010, following two years of falling production and consumption.

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UNECA Executive Secretary Highlights Human and Environmental Benefits of Forests [viewed]

18 July 2011: In a statement on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh said the human and environmental benefits of planting trees will touch and change the lives of millions of people.

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report Launched [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Forest Europe have collaborated to produce "State of Europe's Forests 2011: Status and Trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe," launched during the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (or FOREST EUROPE) held in Oslo, Norway from 14-16 June 2011.

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Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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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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