Forests & REDD

FOREST EUROPE Progresses SFM Indicators Revision [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)30 April 2015: FOREST EUROPE convened a workshop to update its sustainable forest management (SFM) indicators as part of the ongoing process to revise the pan-European indicator set. The workshop facilitated an exchange of experiences and an opportunity to consider proposed revised indicators.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference Calls for Africa-wide Strategy [viewed]

Illegal_Wildlife_Trade_conference30 April 2015: African States gathered in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, for the International Conference on the Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in African Wildlife, have called for greater coordinated intelligence and law enforcement, involving communities in Africa, and working with transit and destination markets outside the continent.

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Tropical Landscapes Summit Highlights Green Investment Opportunities [viewed]

tropical_landscapes_summit29 April 2015: The Government of Indonesia, in collaboration with the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), brought together business leaders, government officials and representative of international organizations and civil society to discuss opportunities for private sector engagement in the green economy.

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EU Joins CITES; Funds National Park Management in Gabon [viewed]

eu_citesApril 2015: The European Union (EU) has joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as the 181st Party. The EU is the first regional economic integration organization (REIO) to accede to the Convention since the Gaborone amendment, which permitted REIO accession, came into effect on 29 November 2013.

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Forum will periodically bring together world specialists and leaders to promote more effective governance to respond to ecosystem threats. The first event is the High Level Consultations from 25-27 June 2015 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China, followed by the Young Professionals' Academy on 27 October 2015 in Beijing, China. The Technical Roundtable Discussions will be held 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China and will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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UNEP Report Details Contribution of Timber, Wildlife Crime to DRC Conflict [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2015: Organized crime in timber, wildlife and gold continues to finance transnational organized criminal networks in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines transitional environmental crime as one of the key factors fueling the conflict cycle in eastern DRC and provides analysis on the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including their values, stakeholders in the trade, smuggling routes and impacts.

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UNFF and Partners Discuss SFM and Climate Finance in Southeast Asia [viewed]

unff_unescapApril 2015: In preparation for upcoming discussions on financing for sustainable forest management (SFM) at the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), the UNFF Facilitative Process and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized a workshop on forest and climate financing in Southeast Asia.

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Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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