Forests & REDD

Forest Assessment Data Now Available Online [viewed]

FAO1 February 2012: Data from the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), are now available online. The FRA is a means to monitor the world's forests at five-to-ten-year intervals, and has been conducted since 1946.

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UNESCO IOC Reports on West African Coastal Adaptation Project [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the implementation of a project titled Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal zones of West Africa (ACCC), which involves Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde.

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World Bank Methodology for Soil Carbon Sequestration Approved [viewed]

30 January 2012: An agroforestry project financed by the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund in western Kenya presented a methodology for soil carbon sequestration through sustainable agricultural land management, which was approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

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France Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of France has designated two Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar Sites to 38.

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Japan Supports ITTO/CBD Initiative on Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

25 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan have signed a letter of understanding for US$3.6 million to implement a capacity-building programme in five Congo Basin countries on sustainable forest management (SFM) and biodiversity conservation.

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ITTO, BirdLife International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and BirdLife International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations, and facilitate implementation of their respective work programmes in tropical forests.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Addresses African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

20 January 2012: In an address to the 18th session of African Forestry and Wildlife Commission and the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week, Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said "Sustainable forest management and sustainable land management are the two sides of the same coin. These two requirements must be jointly implemented within policies, strategies and action programmes if we want them to be successful." 

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Estonia Designates Three Mire Complexes as Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Estonia has designated three mire complexes as new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to 16.

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Romania Designates Two Ramsar Sites [viewed]

20 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Romania has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance, bringing its total number of Ramsar sites to eight.

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Conference Addresses Role of Forests, Markets in Green Economy [viewed]

13 January 2012: A recent meeting in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) addressed the role of markets and promotion of sustainable forest management (SFM) on the pathway to a green economy. The meeting's outcomes will be used as input for both the 10th session of UNFF as well as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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