Forests & REDD

Event: 6th International Wildland Fire Conference [viewed]

Hosted by the Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, the conference will consider ways to limit the damage to forests caused by wildfires including through exchanging knowledge and experiences and strengthening the Global Wild Land Fire Network. The conference will have a particular focus on the links between fires in forests and cultural heritage and practices.  

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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Event: 15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues [viewed]

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together to discuss: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

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Event: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRAI), with support from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and other sponsors are hosting the dialogue. CEOs of stock exchanges, institutional investors, regulators and other policy makers will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development through capital markets, including ways to promote the environmental, social and governance performance of listed companies. A high-level policy dialogue will take place in the morning, and workshops on sustainability reporting, climate disclosure standards and investor risk management in relation to water scarcity, land use and other natural resource management issues will run in parallel in the afternoon. The event is part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSEI), led by UNEP, UNCTAD, PRAI and the UN Global Compact.  

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Event: Mobilization of Woody Biomass for Energy and Industrial Use [viewed]

This one-day workshop is being convened to review progress and achievements from the implementation of three EU-funded projects on biomass energy. The projects, Infres, LogistEC and EuroPrunning, demonstrate practical options for the production, harvesting and use of woody biomass as an energy source with a particular focus on forest residues, prunings and dedicated plantations.  

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UNFF Side Events Consider Financing, Science and Policy [viewed]

iufro_fao_cifor_icraf6 May 2015: As the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) considers the future of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), in its margins, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a study on national forest funds while members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) presented their work on strengthening the science-policy interface.

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Event: IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health [viewed]

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

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Event: International High-Level Event: Follow-Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resources in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

This high-level event titled 'Follow‐up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' will explore options and possible criteria for cross-cutting follow-up and review mechanisms at the national level, as well as potential synergies and trade-offs among different SDGs that relate to natural resources. The multi-stakeholder event will specifically address: a range of options for developing robust follow-up and review mechanisms that connect the global, regional and national levels; opportunities and possible criteria for the integrated follow-up and review of natural resources related SDGs; and the potential role and contribution of participatory platforms in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. Co-organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland; and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, US, the event will bring together negotiators, national government experts and representatives from UN agencies, scientific institutions, civil society and the business sector. One of the main outcomes of the meeting will be the development of specific recommendations for the Fifth Session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on Follow-up and Review, taking place from 18-22 May 2015.  

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Technical Roundtable Discussions [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The third event is the Technical Roundtable Discussions, which will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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FAO Forestry Outlines International Year of Soils Messages [viewed]

international year of soils4 May 2015: The Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced a set of key messages to raise public awareness on the links between forests and soils, as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).

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