Forests & REDD

UN-REDD Proposes Conceptual Framework for Country Approaches to Safeguards [viewed]

unredd12 August 2016: A technical brief published by the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordination Group presents the emerging common elements of country approaches to safeguards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

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IUCN Publication Explores Benefits and Shortfalls of Voluntary Certification Standards [viewed]

IUCN5 September 2016: The latest volume of 'Policy Matters,' a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), investigates the benefits and shortfalls of voluntary certification standards (VCS) for biodiversity and human livelihoods. The ten papers of the volume outline several examples of successful VCS; however the cases presented also show that there is a need to develop methods to evaluate the impacts of VCS schemes and to strengthen the relationship between certification schemes and public institutions.

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TICAD-VI Adopts Declaration on Structural Transformation, Shared Prosperity [viewed]

ticadSeptember 2016: Heads of State and Government and representatives of Japan and 54 African countries have adopted the Nairobi Declaration, a three-year plan to promote structural economic transformation, resilient health care systems and social stability for shared prosperity. The officials were gathered for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) Summit, which focused on the theme, ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.'

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Updated IUCN Red List Highlights Species Threatened with Extinction [viewed]

iucn_red_list4 September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the latest update to its ‘IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™' at the World Conservation Congress (WCC), taking place in Hawai'i, the US. The Red List reports the decline of great ape species and threats to other species from illegal harvesting and invasive species.

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Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC [viewed]

bonn_challange4 September 2016: With a series of events dubbed the 'Bonn Challenge Journey,' participants at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) have marked a milestone in commitments for restoring degraded and deforested land under the Bonn Challenge. Including announcements made at WCC, the Bonn Challenge has now received commitments to restore 113 million hectares, putting the initiative on track to meeting its objective to restore 150 million hectares by 2020.

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture [viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'. It is being organized to foster a shared understanding on effective approaches to realizing jurisdictional sustainability among national and subnational governments, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs). Participants will explore issues related to jurisdictional programmes, including the importance of sustainable land use for achieving development, climate and inclusive growth goals, and how domestic policy priorities, corporate supply chain commitments and international support reinforce each other and accelerate the transition towards sustainable land use. This forum, which is taking place as part of Climate Week NYC, is being organized by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, in partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum, the Earth Innovation Institute, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Forest Trends and The Nature Conservancy. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private partnership where partners take voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.  

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Event: 16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership [viewed]

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin. Partnership members convene biannually to coordinate priority activities, propose action on emerging issues and share information with others that are active in the Congo Basin. The CBFP, which brings together 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, scientific institutions and the private sector, was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It works closely with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).  

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