Forests & REDD

Event: First Global Meeting of Indigenous Peoples Forum [viewed]

In response to the request of Indigenous Peoples' groups to have a more systematic dialogue with UN agencies, an Indigenous Peoples' Forum has been established at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum at IFAD will be held in conjunction with the IFAD Governing Council. The IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, approved by the Executive Board in September 2009, introduces this Forum, which was established in February 2011 during a workshop in Rome, as “an instrument to systematically engage Indigenous Peoples at the local, national and international levels through a process of dialogue and consultation between representatives of Indigenous Peoples, IFAD staff and member States.” The workshop set forth the governance and participation criteria of the Forum as well as the objectives. Resolutions coming out of break-out groups and plenary discussions will be presented to IFAD's Governing Council.  

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Event: INC-Forests3 [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will continue negotiations for a legally binding instrument on forests.  

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Event: The LVIV Forum on Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Centered on Eastern Europe and Northern and Central Asia, the forum will discuss opportunities and challenges associated with shifting to a Green Economy within the forest sector. The forum will examine lessons learned and good practices and discuss ways forward within the framework of the outcomes of Rio+20. Organizers include: the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and State Forest Resource Agency of Ukraine, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), FORZA, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Bern University of Applied Sciences – School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).  

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Report Favors Rights-Based Approach to Managing Forests [viewed]

7 September 2012: A report released during the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, titled “Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry,” argues that, with the right processes in place and under the right conditions, almost any individual or group can build a successful forest enterprise. 

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Rubber Plant and Palm Oil Conference Notes Opportunities in Sustainable Forestry, Renewable Energy [viewed]

AfDB6 September 2012: The Rubber Plant and Palm Oil Africa conference highlighted the business opportunities that forest ecosystems present for sustainable forestry, forest carbon and renewable energy, particularly for emerging markets and Africa. According to presentations at the conference, opportunities include income from timber and non-timber forest products, generating carbon credits and providing renewable energy sources.

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UNFCCC Convenes Informal Session, In-session Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

5 September 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held an informal additional session of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), on 30 August 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The session included a discussion of policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to REDD+.

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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Bonn Negotiations Make Progress Toward Legally Binding Agreement on Forests [viewed]

9 September 2012: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 2) concluded a first reading and much of a second reading on the text of a draft multilateral legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests. 

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APEC Economic Leaders Agree on Trade in Environmental Goods [viewed]

9 September 2012: Through the adoption of the 2012 Leaders' Declaration, also known as the Vladivostok Declaration, member countries in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have agreed to significantly reduce tariffs and duties on green technologies. The Declaration, titled “Integrate to grow, innovate to prosper,” was adopted at the completion of the 20th APEC Economic Leaders' meeting, held in Vladivostok, Russia, from 8-9 September 2012.

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ICRAF Newsletter Highlights 2011-2012 Annual Report, Nairobi Science Forum [viewed]

4 September 2012: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) published the August issue of its "Transformations" newsletter, which announces the release of its Annual Report, highlighting issues related to sustainable soil and water management, climate change, value chain management and conservation of native tree species. The newsletter also includes articles addressing farms, food security and climate change adaptation, and notes key publications and the Science Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

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