Forests & REDD

ISC 2015 Calls for Greater Action to Protect Soils [viewed]

isc-iys21 August 2015: Participants attending the International Soil Conference (ISC 2015), titled 'Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security,' called for greater action to stop the degradation of soils in order to enhance food security and sustainable development. The four-day conference was organized by Thailand's Land Development Department, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other partners, under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS).

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms [viewed]

unredd-fcpf17 August 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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COMIFAC, Rainforest Alliance Review VPA/FLEGT Process in Congo Basin [viewed]

comifac_rainforest_alliance16 August 2015: The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Rainforest Alliance have published a review of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) and voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) concluded between Congo Basin countries and the EU, highlighting achievements and remaining challenges.

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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects [viewed]

IttoAugust 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter, titled 'Tropical Forest Update,' which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Event: 18th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

This dialogue of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will convene under the theme 'Challenges and Opportunities of Climate and REDD+ Milestones for Forest Communities'. It will explore implications for the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities of developments in international efforts to combat climate change, namely negotiations towards a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015, and the further development of international climate and REDD+ funding frameworks and proposals. The Dialogue will provide a platform for taking stock of climate policy and financing developments, such as: the issue of including language on human rights principles and safeguards in the climate agreement; non-carbon benefits of REDD+ and joint mitigation and adaptation measures; and the status of safeguards, grievance mechanisms, full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in decision making and implementation, and direct access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Dialogue is expected to identify priorities to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded.  

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Bioversity Annual Report Highlights Work on Healthy Diets, Resilience and Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2015: Bioversity International's 2014 Annual Report highlights research on the contribution of agricultural and tree genetic diversity to healthy diets and the resilience of farms and forests, as well as work towards effective genetic resources conservation and use.

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ITTO Releases 2013-2014 Assessment of World Tropical Timber Situation [viewed]

ITTO logoAugust 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the 'Biennial Review and Assessment of the World Timber Situation 2013-2014,' which provides data on the production and trade of primary wood products with an emphasis on tropical primary wood products in 82 countries.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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FAO Releases Catalogue of Publications for World Forestry Congress [viewed]

fao_headquarters9 August 2015: In anticipation of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC2015), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has created a catalogue of a selection of its publications, organizing them according to the Congress's six sub-themes. The publication, which lists over 100 reports, policy briefs and other FAO documents, facilitates the dissemination of information on forests and forest peoples, as well as on FAO's work.

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Event: Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS VII) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics will take place under the theme 'Modernization of agricultural statistics in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda'. The conference, which will bring together economists, statisticians, researchers and analysts working on agricultural and rural statistics, is expected to discuss changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics, particularly in the context of the development of the indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will include plenary sessions and parallel sessions on: poverty, rural development and the social dimension of agriculture; sustainable agricultural production and consumption; markets, prices and values chains for the agribusiness sector; natural resource use in agriculture (soil, water, fishery, forestry, biodiversity); climate change and environmental issues: the role of agriculture; and data sources, data collection, use of information technology tools and data quality; data analysis integration and modeling; and data dissemination and communication and the use of statistics for policy making and research. Interested participants should submit abstracts in response to the call for papers by 30 September 2015. The Italian National Institute of Statistics is organizing the conference in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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