Climate Change

ITTO Awards 25 Fellowships [viewed]

22 July 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 25 fellowships to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in ITTO member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines.

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Ramsar Reports on Cooperation for Anzali Wetland [viewed]

22 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has reported on the launch of the Management Committee for the Anzali Wetland in Iran.

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World Bank Approves GEF Project on REDD+ in the Congo Basin [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13 million project from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to strengthen the capacities of the Congo Basin countries on issues 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 stock) and forest carbon stocks measurements.

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Event: Mountain Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Mountain Day 2011 is being organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Mountain Partnership Consortium and will seek to highlight the critical role of mountain ecosystems for climate adaptation and sustainable development. It will be held during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011. The event will assemble a high-level panel to advocate the value and role of mountains and call on COP 17 delegates and global development partners to act to save vital mountain ecosystems from the vagaries of climate change. It will also issue policy messages and recommendations relevant to the deliberations at the COP 17.  

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GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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CMS Newsletter Highlights CMS/FAO Scientific Task Force on Wildlife Diseases [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) has released the May/June edition of its Newsletter, which contains conservation news, updates about species campaigns, an Ambassador's Brief and news from the Secretariat.

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Event: Pacific UNCCD Pre-COP10 Meeting [viewed]

The objectives for this meeting are to: provide an opportunity for Pacific countries to reach a consensus on common positions; enhance negotiation skills of country delegates; develop a strategy for effective participation at COP 10; and develop a "One Pacific Voice" at COP 10 through side events and exhibitions showcasing success stories and sustainable land management.  

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UNFF Launches Forests Heroes Programme and Awards [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201118 July 2011: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values.

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World Bank's Biocarbon Fund and Partners Develop REDD Methodology [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, the Brazilian NGO Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), with the technical support of Carbon Decision International (CDI), the Institute for Conservation and the Sustainable Development of Amazonas (Idesam), and with financial support from Marriott International, have jointly developed a methodology to allow projects in the voluntary market to calculate avoided emissions by reducing deforestation either on the edge (“frontier”) of large cleared areas, like agricultural zones, or in a patchwork (“mosaic”) within standing forests.

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Rock Festival Cooperates with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Finland [viewed]

13 July 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu, Finland, is cooperating on sustainable development with the North Karelia Biosphere Reserve by compensating for its carbon footprint and protecting a rare, endangered lizard.

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