Forests & REDD

UN-REDD Newsletter Announces New Policy Board Observers [viewed]

UN-REDD19 September 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, highlighting in-country progress in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ecuador, Nigeria, Zambia, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

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FAO Brochure Offers Guidance on SFM and SLM Financing Strategy [viewed]

18 September 2012: The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a policy brochure on "Unlocking National Opportunities: New Insights on Financing Sustainable Forest and Land Management." The publication outlines a six-step process for mobilizing financial resources for sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable land management (SLM), and draws on case studies from Guatemala, Jordan, Peru and Zambia to illustrate its findings.

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UN Announces Forest Heroes Award Winners [viewed]

International Year of Forests 201117 September 2012: The UN's social media team has compiled videos featuring the work of each winner of the first Forest Heroes Award, issued by the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). Awards were issued to one winner in each region, in addition to a special award for Jose Claudio Ribeiro and Maria do Espirito Santo of Brazil, who were murdered after working to halt illegal logging in the Amazon.

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GEF SGP Highlights Project Achievements in Kenya Forest [viewed]

17 September 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has highlighted its support for the protection of the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest through a youth-led project that has received several international awards. The GEF SGP project protects biodiversity at risk from illegal timber harvesting, encroachment and poor resource management. 

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CIFOR Announces Piloting of New REDD+ Safeguards System in Indonesia [viewed]

14 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has reported that the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan will start piloting a new safeguard information system (SIS) for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) in December 2012.

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PROFOR Highlights Success in Revenue Sharing from Protected Forest [viewed]

11 September 2012: The World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) has highlighted the case of revenue sharing from a protected area in Tanzania, as the third in an ongoing series of stories on benefit-sharing from forest conservation, titled "What it Takes." Implemented by CARE International, the project in Zanzibar paid local communities to refrain from killing monkeys and collecting wood illegally.

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CAN Nations Define Plans to Strengthen Deforestation Monitoring [viewed]

August 2012: The Andean Community's (CAN) biodiversity program, BioCAN, has convened delegates from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to define national plans to strengthen capacities in monitoring land cover, deforestation and environmental degradation, and agreed to promote the development of methodological processes and reports on deforestation for the Andean subregion.

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SPC Convenes Pacific Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources [viewed]

SPC17 September 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), convened the Regional Workshop on Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the Pacific from 4-6 September 2012, in Nadi, Fiji. Participants shared country reports on FGR and developed priorities for action for the Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian subregions.

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New CIFOR Director General Takes Office [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has announced that Peter Holmgren, former Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), has taken office as its new Director General.

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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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