Forests & REDD

World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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SPC Holds Agroforestry Training in Tonga [viewed]

SPC27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a two-day agro-forestry training for 30 Tonga and ni-Vanuatu agroforestry students in Eua, Tonga, from 23-24 August 2012.

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Event: Twelfth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The 12th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change will consider the theme "Scaling-Up Strategies to Reduce Emissions and Deliver Development in Forest Areas". Participants will identify the major emerging threats to forests and take stock of proven strategies to reduce emissions, and will assess the potential for expanding and becoming even more effective. They will also consider promising new initiatives to address the current and future drivers of deforestation and degradation, and the long-standing constraints of underdevelopment and weak governance. This event was originally scheduled to be the 13th RRI Dialogue, but the event that was originally scheduled as the 12th RRI Dialogue was rescheduled from October to January 2013.  

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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France Designates Low-lying Island in Mozambique Channel as Ramsar Site [viewed]

27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of France has designated its 42nd Wetland of International Importance, a low-lying island in the Mozambique Channel, with a central lagoon enclosed by mangroves, and surrounding waters.

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ITTO Releases Report and Work Plan on Wood Product Accounting and Climate Change [viewed]

28 August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released two outputs from its Thematic Programme on Trade and Market Transparency related to accounting for climate change mitigation projects, namely a report titled "Wood product accounting and climate change mitigation projects involving tropical timber," and a work plan titled "Work plan for accounting methodology development for wood products in climate change mitigation projects involving tropical timber."

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Marshall Islands Designates Namdrik Atoll as Ramsar Site [viewed]

24 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated Namdrik Atoll as its second Wetland of International Importance.

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CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter Focuses on Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

CBDAugust 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the July-August issue of its "REDD+ & Biodiversity E-Newsletter." The newsletter aims to inform CBD National Focal Points and CBD partners about biodiversity aspects in relation to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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World Bank Road Construction Considers Conservation Issues [viewed]

World Bank2 August 2012: The World Bank is financing the paving of provincial route No. 3 in the province of Chaco, Argentina, an area that goes through the second largest forested area in South America, known as Gran Chaco Americano. A report prepared as part of the project and released on 30 July 2012 contains the results of impact studies and recommendations for conservation during road construction.

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ICI, UNEP-WCMC and BirdLife Hold Workshop on Biodiversity Criteria [viewed]

22 August 2012: The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) convened a workshop on options for integrating biodiversity criteria into International Climate Initiative (ICI) projects in forests and wetlands. The workshop was supported by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and Birdlife International, and brought together biodiversity and climate change experts along with ICI project leaders.

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