Forests & REDD

CITES-ITTO Cooperate to Support Timber Tracking [viewed]

6 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) have agreed to support Parties' efforts to use modern tracking technologies for certain tree species. The agreement was reached during a workshop on "tracking technologies for forest governance," hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, from 15-17 May 2012.

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Event: Workshop on the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF) [viewed]

This workshop will start the preparations for the "Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests: Political orientations for the management of forest ecosystems in the Mediterranean territories" with a clear and realistic programme for the future and use this opportunity to share on the State of Mediterranean Forests. Additional sessions will focus on preparation of the sheets on the 10/12 thematic priorities to be developed in the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests. The workshop is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and will be attended by 20-25 experts.  

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Brazil's Amazon Fund to Extend Anti-Deforestation Support to ACTO Countries [viewed]

ACTO2o June 2012: At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Government of Brazil and the Secretariat of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) announced plans to share the US$102.6 million of  Brazil's Amazon Fund with the other seven ACTO member States (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela) to combat deforestation in the Amazon.

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DEFRA Reports on Business Opportunities in Protecting Nature's Services [viewed]

14 June 2012: The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has released “Opportunities for UK Business That Value and/or Protect Nature's Services,” the final report of the “Review of UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Evidence to Assess Scope for Business Related Ecosystem Market Opportunities in the UK and Tools for Business Sector Uptake.”

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UNESCO Committee Inscribes Five Natural World Heritage Sites [viewed]

2 July 2012: During its 36th session, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed five natural World Heritage Sites: Lakes of Ounianga (Chad); Sangha Trinational (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo); Chengjiang Fossil Site (China); Western Ghats (India); and Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation). In addition, Rock Islands Southern Lagoon (Palau) was inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site.

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IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress Discusses Conservation, Sustainable Management of African Forests and Trees [viewed]

29 June 2012: The First International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)-Forestry Research Network of SubSaharan Africa (FORNESSA) Regional Congress took place on the theme, “Forests and Trees: Serving the People of Africa and the World.” The draft Nairobi Resolution, containing key needs for enhancing goods and services from forests and trees in African landscapes, was presented to participants at the end of the Congress.

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ITTO Releases Report on Sustainable Management of Mexican Timber Species [viewed]

28 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Industrialization, Marketing, and Sustainable Management of Ten Mexican Native Species." The report addresses the species' silvicultural management and productivity, physical-mechanical properties, potential market niches and product design. It also diagnoses first- and second-stage processing timber industries in southeastern Mexico.

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ITTO Joins Tropical Forest Challenge [viewed]

28 June 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has partnered with WWF Switzerland on the Tropical Forest Challenge, a search for the most innovative for-profit solutions from around the world to conserve tropical forest biodiversity.

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. In addition to the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council, from 13-15 November, a consultation with NGOs will take place on 12 November and the 13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council will convene on 15 November.  

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