Forests & REDD

NRF Calls for Papers on Forests and Sustainability [viewed]

July 2012: The Natural Resources Forum (NRF), a quarterly journal issued by the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), has called for papers for a special issue on forests, to be published in 2013. NRF notes that articles submitted should address forests from a sustainable development perspective, and be relevant to policymaking.

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Event: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3 [viewed]

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference will take place during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The meetings were originally scheduled to take place from 4-7 February 2013, in Fortaleza, Brazil, but have been rescheduled for 9-12 April, in Bonn, Germany, right before the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC), which will meet from 15-19 April in Bonn. Regional consultations are expected to convene between the two meetings. The scientific conference will be the main part of the CST session and will consider the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas," with a focus on two sub-topics: economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD); and costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing DLDD. Based on the February 2011 decision of the CST Bureau, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos is the lead institution to organize the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, under the guidance of the CST Bureau. The expected outputs include: White Papers on the "Economic and social impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought" and "Costs and benefits of policies and practices addressing desertification, land degradation and drought;" a State of the Art Report on Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; a Short Abstract Booklet and Extended Abstract CD of all oral and poster presentations; a Policy Booklet for Decision Makers for COP 11; 2013 Science Recommendation for CST 11; a Special issue of a peer reviewed journal; and Scientific papers in additional peer reviewed journals. These recommendations will be submitted to the CST and Conference of the Parties for their consideration.  

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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CPF Publishes Study on Forest Financing [viewed]

June 2012: The Advisory Group on Finance (AGF) of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a study on forest-related financing, as requested by Member States at the ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) in 2011, expanding on and updating previous work by the AGF from 2008.

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UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCO11 July 2012: At its 24th session, the International Co-ordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added 20 new sites, including two transboundary sites, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries.

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GEF SGP Presents Results of Bird Conservation in Zambia [viewed]

2 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project to expand protected areas for migrating bird species in Zambia. GEF reports that as a result of the Mutulanganga Important Bird Areas (IBA) Conservation and Community Eco-Tourism Initiatives project, the area of the IBA has more than doubled to 62,000 hectares, providing an additional 35,000 hectares of undisturbed natural habitat for migrating birds and other species in the region.

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CAMBio Promotes Experience Exchange Among Financial Institutions [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) gathered seven national financial institutions participating in the Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to exchange examples of success in financing biodiversity-friendly commercial initiatives.

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World Bank Supports Integrated Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation in Morocco [viewed]

5 July 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$5.2 million pilot project to apply integrated coastal zone management in the coasts of Morocco through a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.

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PROFOR Newsletter Focuses on Forest Governance [viewed]

3 July 2012: The July edition of the Newsletter of the World Bank's Program on Forests' (PROFOR) highlights a new publication titled "Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance: A user's guide to a diagnostic tool," which outlines 130 questions that help to guide countries seeking to identify priority areas for change in forest governance.

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