Forests & REDD

Event: FAO Expert Group Meeting: Unlocking the Wealth of Forests for Community Development [viewed]

This expert group meeting, titled "Unlocking the Wealth of Forests for Community Development - Commercializing Products from Community Forests," is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It will seek to develop concrete strategies for an international agenda to promote commercialization of products from community forests in order to contribute to community and national economic development efforts.  

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SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. SPC and FFPRI will conduct collaborative research activities (CRAs) to identify and provide solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas.  

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Andean Community Examines Possible Cooperation Against Illegal Mining [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Andean Community (CAN) held its first meeting on coordination regarding illegal mining, which provided an opportunity to share experiences on possible cooperation within the framework of the CAN to address this issue.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Indonesia and Sri Lanka [viewed]

UN-REDD28 February 2012: The February issue of the UN-REDD Programme's monthly Newsletter reviews various international and country-specific activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and carbon stock enhancement in developing countries (REDD+).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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World Bank and GEF Grants to Protect 13.5 Million Hectares in the Amazon [viewed]

World Bank - GEF23 February 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$15.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to consolidate existing protected areas and create an additional 13.5 million hectares of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon over the next four years.

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EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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IUCN Study Warns: 12% of Marine Species in the Eastern Pacific at Risk [viewed]

23 February 2012: According to a new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) study, 12% of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica, and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction.

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UNEP Governing Council Focuses on Rio+20 [viewed]

Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.22 February 2012: Delegates at the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) focused on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of “The environmental agenda in the changing world: From Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012).”

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FAO Supports Fight Against Ugandan Illegal Timber and Charcoal Trade [viewed]

FAO21 February 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed letters of agreement to support the work of CARE International and WWF, two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in their activities aimed at combating illegal harvesting and trade in timber and charcoal in Uganda.

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