FCPF, UN-REDD Publish Jointly Commissioned Papers on REDD+ [viewed]

1 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published three jointly-commissioned papers on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The peer-reviewed papers address participation, benefit-sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

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Hungary Designates 29th Ramsar Site [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Hungary has designated its 29th wetland of International Importance, the fishponds and marshlands south of Lake Balaton (Dél-Balatoni Halastavak és Berkek).

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FAO Recognizes Japanese Satoyama Sites As Globally Important Agricultural Systems [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) recently recognized two Satoyama areas in Japan as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) sites. The GIAHS initiative aims to safeguard and support ecologically valuable, traditional farming systems and agricultural practices that conserve biodiversity and the natural landscape.

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CBD and ITPGR Announce Efforts on Coherent Implementation of ITPGR and Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, and the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), Shakeel Bhatti, recently announced joint capacity-building activities for 2011 and early 2012, which will seek the coherent implementation of the ITPGR and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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Indonesia, UNEP Hold Green Customs Initiative Workshop [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) participated in the Indonesia workshop of the Green Customs Initiative, a partnership of 11 international organizations working together to strengthen compliance and enforcement of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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CBD Circulates Corrections to French Version of Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

27 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated a notification received by the UN Secretary-General, acting as depository of the Convention, regarding a list of corrections to the French version of the original text of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Work on Biodiversity and REDD+ [viewed]

June 2011: The June newsletter for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) describes CIFOR's outreach to make research on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) more accessible to a broad range of stakeholders, as well as news from recent meetings on climate change and bushmeat.

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Event: Sixth Meeting of the IOSEA Signatory States [viewed]

This meeting was to take place in December 2011, but has been postponed due to flooding in Bangkok. New dates in January 2012 have been selected. The Sixth Meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Memorandum of Understanding (IOSEA MOU) under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) will mark the tenth anniversary of IOSEA.  

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CIFOR Releases Paper on Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Improved methods for carbon accounting for bioenergy: Descriptions and evaluations." The paper explains that because bioenergy is counted under the UNFCCC as originating from the land-use sector rather than the energy sector, bioenergy emissions are often not fully accounted for in countries with greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions obligations.

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GEF Highlights Climate and Biodiversity Benefits of Peatland Rehabilitation Project [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the implementation of a project titled "Rehabilitation and Sustainable Use of Peatland Forests in South-East Asia,” highlighting its benefits, including biodiversity conservation, emissions reductions and increased carbon sinks.

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