Forests & REDD

FAO, International Partners Launch Peat and Climate Change Mitigation Initiative [viewed]

17 May 2012: Considering that peatlands drainage and peat fires contribute to almost a quarter of carbon emissions from the land use sector, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has worked with Wetlands International to develop an informal network of organizations committed to reducing emissions from peatlands.

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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Event: 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East is focusing on food waste, climate change impacts and the creation of a regional trust fund for agricultural development. Climate change discussions are expected to focus on freshwater, fisheries, and forestry and land use management.  

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FAO Publishes Yearbook of Forest Products for 2006-2010 [viewed]

FAO14 May 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the 64th issue of its Yearbook of Forest Products, containing annual data on the production and trade in forest products from 2006-2010.

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CAMBio Rewards Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises in Central America [viewed]

25 April 2012: As executor of the Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) recently gave the "Bio Award" to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in Costa Rica and Honduras for their activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation in those countries.

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Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted [viewed]

11 May 2012: The 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The new guidelines outline principles and practice for governments to refer to when making laws and policies on land, fisheries and forest rights. They aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.

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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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CPF Launches Wangari Maathai Award [viewed]

Wangari Maathai Award9 May 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has launched a new award, in commemoration of Wangari Maathai. It will recognize individuals who work towards preserving, restoring and sustainably managing forests and communicating the role that forests play in rural livelihoods and the environment.

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Guest Article #13: Establishment of IPBES: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy [viewed]

After several years of international negotiations, 21 April 2012 saw the establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The creation of IPBES is a great victory for biodiversity. It opens a window of opportunity to strengthen decision making related to biodiversity across a broad range of areas, providing greater scientific input into decisions that affect biodiversity across the globe.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on "Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America," as part of the Occasional Paper series for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The paper examines three projects, two in Brazil and one in Ecuador, to understand how social and political actors govern natural resource use to promote ecosystem protection, biodiversity, renewable energy use and poverty reduction.

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