Economics, Trade & Investment

AU Launches Decade of African Seas and Oceans [viewed]

africanunionlogo25 July 2015: Africa celebrated the African Day of Seas and Oceans under the theme, ‘Harnessing the Blue Economy in Achieving the African Union Agenda 2063,' and launched the 2015-2025 Decade of African Seas and Oceans. The events on 25 July took place as the 22nd Ordinary Session of Heads of States and Governments concluded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at African Union (AU) headquarters.

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

banking_on_redd29 July 2015: 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]

idcr-inra22 July 2015: The three-year project, titled ‘Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth' and 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]

IttoJuly 2015: 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 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, among other activities.

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

CIFOR28 July 2015: 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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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. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

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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. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

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PROFOR Launches Toolkit of Forest Control and Supervision [viewed]

PROFOR20 July 2015: 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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Study Provides Valuation of Benefits of Indonesian Forests [viewed]

unorcid8 July 2015: 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]

UN-REDD ProgrammeJuly 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released a new technical publication that 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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