Forests & REDD

Environmental Degradation Leading Cause of Deaths Globally, Says UN Report [viewed]

Healthy Environment - Healthy People23 May 2016: Environmental degradation and pollution cause almost a quarter of all deaths, up to 234 times as many premature deaths as occur in conflicts annually and the deaths of more than 25% of all children under the age of five, according to a UN report released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). The report, titled ‘Healthy Environment, Healthy People,' emphasizes the importance of a healthy environment to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addresses dangers posed by air pollution, chemicals, climate change and other issues linking environmental quality to health.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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World Bank Paper Quantifies Coastal Protection Provided by Mangroves [viewed]

Mangroves as Protection from Storms Surges in a Changing ClimateMay 2016: The World Bank Group has published a working paper that quantifies the coastal protection provided by mangroves in 42 developing countries under the current climate scenario and a future climate change scenario with a one-meter sea-level rise and 10% intensification of storms. The findings show that, although sea-level rise and increased storm intensity would put infrastructure at risk, the greatest impact is the expected loss of mangroves.

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GFOI Web Application to Help Countries Develop National Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

gfoiMay 2016: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), an initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), has launched REDDcompass, a web application to help countries develop national forest monitoring systems and procedures to measure, report and verify associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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CIFOR Presents Research Findings on REDD+ Performance, Results-Based Payments, Adaptation-Mitigation Synergies in Land Sector [viewed]

CIFORMay 2016: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium has shared research findings on REDD+ performance at different scales, as well as mechanisms for benefit-sharing, multi-level governance and land-use incentives. The Center has also circulated briefs on results-based payments for REDD+ and on adaptation-mitigation synergies in the land sector.

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FAO Study Draws Lessons from Korean Forest Rehabilitation Plans [viewed]

Integrated Policy for Forests, Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods: Lessons from the Republic of KoreaMay 2016: A working paper produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Korea Forest Service draws lessons learned from the Republic of Korea's experience in formulating and implementing integrated forest rehabilitation and food security policies and programmes.

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PROFOR 2015 Annual Report Discusses Impacts of the Program [viewed]

PROFOR13 April 2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has circulated its 2015 annual report, which provides an overview of its activities on informing forest sector investments, integrating forest-related considerations across sectors and shaping forest engagement. It also discusses communication and knowledge management, and financial and administration issues, as well as assesses the impact of the Program.

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Zhuhai Declaration Focuses on Forests and Trees in Asia-Pacific's Urban Planning [viewed]

APUFM-18 April 2016: The Zhuhai Declaration, adopted at the First Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, highlights the benefits of urban forests and trees to cities and residents. The Declaration also relays challenges and priorities for urban forestry development in the Asia-Pacific region and makes a series of recommendations, including on awareness-raising, enhancing policy support, and increasing public participation and community involvement in forestry.

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