Forests & REDD

RRI Reviews Forest Tenure Rights of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

30 May 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released two new analyses relating to forest tenure rights and indigenous peoples, which focus on tenure reform and impacts since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit).

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FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Event: Experiences from the FLEGT/VPA Process in West and Central African Countries [viewed]

The major objective of this workshop is to bring together government authorities, civil society organizations, private sector organizations, professionals, researchers and technicians involved in the implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and related Trade FLEGT/Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT/VPA) process in West and Central Africa to share and discuss experiences and lessons learned from 7 main thematic areas of the FLEGT/VPA process.  

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GEF Supports Sustainable Agroforestry Development in Venezuelan Amazon [viewed]

25 May 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of an ongoing project that supports participative management for sustainable agroforestry development within the indigenous community of Piaroa Gavilán in the Venezuelan Amazon.

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SPREP Announces Winners of 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Award [viewed]

SPREP29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced the winners of the 2011 Vision Pasifika Media Awards, which focused on the theme “Dugongs and Sea Grasses: Respect and Protect.”

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CAMBio Rewards Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise in Guatemala [viewed]

29 May 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) gave the "Bio Award" to Génesis Empresarial ("Business Genesis") for its work fostering micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in Guatemala that contribute to biodiversity conservation.

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Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments [viewed]

RIO+2024 May 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has begun listing voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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Event: IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas [viewed]

Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.  

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St. Kitts and Nevis Joins UNESCO's MAB Programme [viewed]

UNESCO23 May 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis has become the first English Caribbean country to launch its Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme. The MAB Programme is dedicated to the sustainable development and management of an area of significant biodiversity and cultural conservation, sustainable development capacity building and information sharing.

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