Announcement / Statement

FCPF Adopts Methodological Framework, Norway Pledges $100 Million [viewed]

Forest Carbon16 December 2013: The Eighth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF8) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) approved the Methodological Framework, which presents a set of rules guiding the finance of large-scale investments in tropical forest conservation and restoration.

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Metsä2013 Adopts the Rovaniemi Action Plan [viewed]

metsa201313 December 2013: Metsä2013, the Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission (EFC) announced the adoption of the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.'

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European Forest Week Highlights Forests in the Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECE13 December 2013: The European Forest Week, which convened from 9-13 December 2013, featured events around Europe, including a series of activities in Rovaniemi, Finland, that addressed issues such as the European Union - the Russian Federation Cooperation for forest governance, local forest management best practices, the history and future of sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and payments for forest ecosystem services.

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Biosafety Supplementary Protocol Reaches Half-way Mark in Ratifications for Entry into Force [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)9 December 2013: Hungary has ratified the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, bringing the total number of ratifications to 20 and achieving the half-way mark towards the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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Polar Bear Forum Adopts Declaration, Commits to Completion of 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan [viewed]

polarbearlogo4 December 2013: Ministers from the five polar bear range States have signed a declaration to further polar bear conservation. The declaration recognizes the importance of work over the last forty years and commits to further conservation measures in the context of sustainable livelihoods. Parties have committed to completing a Circumpolar Action Plan by 2015, which will provide for measured and concerted actions to ensure the long-term conservation of the species.

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ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO [viewed]

ITTO logo2 December 2013: At the Forty-ninth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated Sessions of the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management held in Libreville, Gabon from the 25 to 30 November 2013, the ITTC reviewed project implementation, launched new projects, and received funding pledges in support of the work of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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INTERPOL Seizes Ivory as African Elephant Summit Opens [viewed]

interpol-cites-traffic-iucn2 December 2013:  An operation coordinated under the auspices of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf led to the seizure of more than 240 kilograms of elephant ivory, 856 timber logs, and 20 kg of rhino horns, in addition to firearms and drugs. In the process, 660 people were arrested. The seizure occurred just as delegates gathered to discuss the plight of the African Elephant at a summit convened by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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CGIAR Institutions Enacting Open Access and Data Management Policy [viewed]

CGIAR26 November 2013: In a commitment to making information products, including spatial, crop, socio-economic and genomic datasets, open access over the next five years, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has put into place its Open Access and Data Management Policy.

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IFAD Launches Support to Family Farming in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

IFAD26 November 2013: During a workshop held from 23-24 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched its second phase of the Medium Term Cooperation Program, which seeks to support up to 20 million farmers across Asia and the Pacific through grants to Asian Farmers' Organizations.

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Norway Announces $40 Million for UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that Norway will give US$40 million in funding to support investments in REDD+ readiness, including improved governance and enhanced technical skills as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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