Forests & REDD

OECD Report Highlights Consequences of Inaction for the Environment [viewed]

OECD15 March 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a new report, titled "OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction." The report presents the latest projections of socio-economic trends over the next four decades, and their implications for climate change, biodiversity, water and health impacts of environmental pollution.

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Experts Adopt Draft Guidelines on Land Tenure and Access to Fisheries and Forests [viewed]

FAO13 March 2012: The Open Ended Working Group established by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to negotiate a set of voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure and access rights to land, fisheries and forest resources has held its last and final round of negotiations.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Questions Whether REDD+ Will Work in Fragile States [viewed]

14 March 2012: The March issue of Go-REDD+, a newsletter of the UN-REDD-Programme's Asia-Pacific team, focuses on whether REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and carbon stock enhancement in developing countries) in its current form can be achievable by all States, and in particular in "fragile" States.

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Event: Eighth UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The eighth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting will be held from 25-26 March 2012. It will be followed by a joint meeting of the governing bodies of the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), on 27 March 2012.  

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World Bank Reports Experience with A/R Biocarbon Fund Projects [viewed]

6 March 2012: The World Bank has published a new report by the BioCarbon Fund detailing the experience in over 20 afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) forest projects in 16 countries since 2004, with the aim of enhancing knowledge on regulatory issues and policy in the forestry sector.

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UPU Letter-writing Competition Winners Announced at Year of Forests Ceremony [viewed]

9 February 2012: The winners of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) International letter-writing competition for 2011 were presented with their awards during the closing ceremony of the International Year of Forests 2011, held at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: 26th Session of the North American Forest Commission [viewed]

Established in 1958, the North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets every two years. At its 26th session, NAFC is scheduled to discuss, among other agenda items: the strengthening of international cooperation in forest fire; the long-term strategy for the Global Forest Resources Assessment; and regional issues identified by the Commission for the attention of the Committee on Forestry (COFO).  

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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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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