Forests & REDD

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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FAO Forestry Launches iPhone App [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a multimedia application for the iPhone. The app provides news, videos, select publications, interactive maps showing world forest statistics, and a quiz.

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Protected Area Project Announces Results in Forest, Watershed Areas of Viet Nam [viewed]

11 January 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Bank and Birdlife International issued a report on the results of a project on the integrated biodiversity and watershed management of the Chu Yang Sin National Park in Viet Nam. In collaboration with the Dak Lak Peoples Committee, the organizations conducted the Integrated Watershed and Biodiversity Management (IWBM) project in 2005.

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Event: The Importance of Biodiversity and Forest Ecosystems in Economic Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20). The sixth in the series, co-sponsored by the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), will analyze forest governance with a view to generating recommendations on balancing forest conservation with livelihoods. Future dialogues will address: energy and climate change; improving environmental performance of the private sector; and risk management and emergency legislation.  

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Indonesia Designates Wildlife Sanctuary as Sixth Ramsar Site [viewed]

9 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that the Government of Indonesia has designated Pulau Rambut Wildlife Reserve as it sixth Wetland of International Importance.

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