Publication

ITTO Reports on Partnerships with the EU and CBD [viewed]

cbd-eu-itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released two new brochures highlighting partnership projects. The first brochure introduces the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, which will be implemented with the EU, while the second brochure focuses on progress in the joint initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the protection of tropical forest biodiversity.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks [viewed]

thebluecarboninitiativeSeptember 2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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USAID Research Explores Link between Devolving Rights to Local Levels and Forest Outcomes [viewed]

usaid22 September 2014: A study produced for the USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project examines the conditions under which devolution of forest management rights to local communities may result in improved forest conditions, finding limited causal evidence that devolving rights to local communities alone results in improved outcomes.

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Study Analyzes Links Between Land Degradation, Less Favored Land and Rural Poverty [viewed]

eldSeptember 2014: A study published by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative, titled ‘Land Degradation, Less Favored Lands and the Rural Poor: A Spatial and Economic Analysis,' aims to: determine the spatial distribution, for the period 2000-2010, of global rural populations on less favored agricultural land (LFAL) and in less favored agricultural areas (LFAA), as well as on degrading and improving agricultural land; and analyze how this affects poverty in developing countries.

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ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members [viewed]

Itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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IUFRO Releases Two 'Spotlights' on Forests [viewed]

Iufro26 September 2014: The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) released two 'Spotlights' in September, 2014. 'Spotlight #28 - American Indian Forestry: blending science and tradition' investigates indigenous approaches to forestry in the US, while 'Spotlight #27 - Genes the means to screen future forest scene' focuses on forest genetic resources.

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CAFF's ABA Illustrates Change in the Arctic [viewed]

CAFF25 September 2014: The Arctic Council has published an article graphically illustrating changes occurring in Arctic sea ice, temperatures and plant density over a period of 30 years, from 1982-2011. The publication, titled 'Sea ice and vegetation trends in the Arctic,' is part of a series highlighting issues identified by the publication of the Council's biodiversity working group, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna's (CAFF), titled 'Arctic Biodiversity Assessment' (ABA).

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IFAD Promotes Discussion of Land Governance and Indigenous Rights [viewed]

IFAD24 September 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with the International Land Coalition (ILC) and other partners organized a side event on ‘Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources,' at the margins of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in New York, US.

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UNSG's Report Addresses Implementation of UN Decade for Deserts and Fight against Desertification [viewed]

UNCCD logo19 September 2014: The report of the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) on the five-year implementation of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification has been published and will be presented to the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 16 October 2014.

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