UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

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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Event: UNECE Illegal Logging Workshop [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and is titled "Does banning illegal logging rule out wood? Implications of recent trade legislation within the UNECE region for the forest-based sector." It aims to: increase understanding of recent legislation in the UNECE region, including in the US and EU, on trade in timber, and its likely impacts on the global forest-based sector; and stimulate focused stakeholder discussion as a basis for drawing recommendations, to be made publicly available.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is 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." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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