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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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Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions[viewed]

The organizers of the Eye on Earth Summit have announced three data innovation challenges for which the finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three competitions launched are the Data Innovation Showcase, Data Visualization Challenge and Blogging Competition, all of which support the Summit in its focus on using data to secure a better future for the planet.

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SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training[viewed]

The 18th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation (PIRT) discussed the implementation of the Framework for Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (PAs) across the Pacific region.

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OECD Inventory on Water Governance Indicators Open for Comment[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is welcoming comments on its detailed ‘Inventory of Water Governance Indicators and Measurement Frameworks.'

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Study Provides Valuation of Benefits of Indonesian Forests[viewed]

A report undertaken by the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) concluded that an additional US$600 million annually is needed to maintain current Indonesian forest cover and enable forests to deliver critical ecosystem services, with REDD+ acting as a catalyst for the rehabilitation of forest and forest ecosystem services.

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UN-REDD Supports Development of REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Level[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released a new technical publication, which aims to support countries seeking to develop a REDD+ Forest Reference Emission Level and/or Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Civil Society Reflects on FfD3, Issues Recommendations on Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

Civil society organizations have responded to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and have released responses and summaries to the draft outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. Responses address, inter alia: areas of consensus and disagreement on the post-2015 draft; recommendations on improving text related to inequality, climate change, energy, land and other topics; data challenges; the translation of discourse into policy; education; and the role of business.

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IPBES Calls for Proposals under Matchmaking Facility[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) launched a call for proposals and pledges of support for capacity-building projects and activities under its prototype IPBES Matchmaking Facility. This facility, which follows up on the outcome of the third session of the IPBES Plenary, seeks to promote and facilitate dialogue and cooperation among institutions, organizations and individuals looking for technical and financial support, and those in a position to provide such support.

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FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran.

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Event: 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA[viewed]

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago.

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