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UNEP, UN-REDD Programme Address Bank and Investor Risk Policies on Soft Commodities[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled 'Bank and Investor Risk Policies for Soft Commodities' along with an accompanying Soft Commodities Forest-risk Assessment Tool addressing deforestation and forest degradation risk in the agricultural value chain. A UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) information brief titled 'Banking on REDD+: Can Bank and Investor Risk Policies on Soft Commodities Benefit REDD+?' was produced in parallel.

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UNU Issues Call for Researchers for Africa Green Growth Project [viewed]

The three-year project ‘Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth,' implemented by the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes such activities as the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests.

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CIFOR Reports: Mangroves Essential for Mitigating Climate Change[viewed]

Scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners have determined that Indonesia could significantly reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by halting the practice of clearing mangroves, which emits 190 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-eq) each year. Their findings, which highlight mangroves as globally-significant carbon sinks, are published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Kenya, FAO Launch Blue Growth Initiative[viewed]

The Government of Kenya and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) in Kenya to promote more productive, sustainable and socially and economically responsible fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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FAO, NACD Develop Educational Series on Importance of Healthy Soils[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) have developed a series of educational materials to teach children the importance of healthy soils for food, the environment, livelihoods and general well-being. The series, which is called ‘DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil' and was developed as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS 2015), targets children ages 5 to 14, using word games, puzzles, drawing activities and other interactive exercises.

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ITPGR Secretariat Launches Global Survey on Descriptors to Identify Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture[viewed]

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has launched the Global Survey on descriptors required to identify plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

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Event: 22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the Near East region.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the Asia-Pacific region.

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PROFOR Launches Toolkit of Forest Control and Supervision[viewed]

Supported by the Program on Forests (PROFOR) and the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance trust fund (FLEG-TF), the 'Toolkit of Forest Control and Supervision: Practical Field Guidance' aims to provide low-cost, hands-on tools for forest management. It also contains a component focused on logging contracts with indigenous peoples' and communities.

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