Forests & REDD

Event: 31st Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization's 31st Regional Conference for the Near East is focusing on food waste, climate change impacts and the creation of a regional trust fund for agricultural development. Climate change discussions are expected to focus on freshwater, fisheries, and forestry and land use management.  

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FAO Publishes Yearbook of Forest Products for 2006-2010 [viewed]

FAO14 May 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published the 64th issue of its Yearbook of Forest Products, containing annual data on the production and trade in forest products from 2006-2010.

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CAMBio Rewards Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprises in Central America [viewed]

25 April 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) recently gave the "Bio Award" to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) in Costa Rica and Honduras for their activities that contribute to biodiversity conservation in those countries.

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Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted [viewed]

11 May 2012: The 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed the new Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. The new guidelines outline principles and practice for governments to refer to when making laws and policies on land, fisheries and forest rights. They aim to promote food security and sustainable development by improving access to resources and protecting stakeholders' rights.

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SPREP Announces Rapid Biological Survey on Savaii, Samoa [viewed]

10 May 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Rapid Biological Survey project (BIORAP) will be conducted on Savaii, Samoa, during May 2012. BIORAP will focus on surveying the plants, birds and animals of approximately 65,000 hectares of Savaii's cloud forests.

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CPF Launches Wangari Maathai Award [viewed]

Wangari Maathai Award9 May 2012: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has launched a new award, in commemoration of Wangari Maathai. It will recognize individuals who work towards preserving, restoring and sustainably managing forests and communicating the role that forests play in rural livelihoods and the environment.

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Guest Article #13: Establishment of IPBES: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy [viewed]

After several years of international negotiations, 21 April 2012 saw the establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The creation of IPBES is a great victory for biodiversity. It opens a window of opportunity to strengthen decision making related to biodiversity across a broad range of areas, providing greater scientific input into decisions that affect biodiversity across the globe.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on "Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America," as part of the Occasional Paper series for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The paper examines three projects, two in Brazil and one in Ecuador, to understand how social and political actors govern natural resource use to promote ecosystem protection, biodiversity, renewable energy use and poverty reduction.

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SBSTTA 16 Adopts Recommendations on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

L-R: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary; SBSTTA 16 Chair Senka Barudanovic; and David Cooper, CBD Secretariat 5 May 2012: The 16th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations, including two packages of recommendations on marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change. It also addressed the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and in-depth review of the work programme on island biodiversity (PoWIB), inter alia.

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CIF Trust Fund Committees Approve Climate Resilience, Renewables and Forestry Projects [viewed]

4 May 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee, the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Sub-Committee, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee, and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-Committee, and approved new projects on climate resilience, renewable energy and forests.

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