Forests & REDD

ICRAF Studies Gender Impacts on Tree Planting in Malawi [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 March 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the results of a study in Malawi identifying the role of women and men in on-farm tree planting. The study reveals that the gender of the heads of households impacts decision-making.

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ITTO Discusses Criteria and Indicators for SFM [viewed]

ITTO logo10 March 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Tropical Forest Update, highlighting progress in assessing and monitoring sustainable forest management (SFM).

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South Sudan Becomes 194th Party to CBD [viewed]

CBD7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 17 February 2014. South Sudan is now the 194th party to the CBD. The CBD will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. 

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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Suriname Becomes 68th Party to ITTA [viewed]

ITTO logo7 March 2014: Suriname has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 68th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Forest Change 2014 [viewed]

Organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), this conference will focus on exploring forest assessment and survey methods as well as tools to measure drivers of change and monitor forest ecosystem services. The conference will also explore policy and management options to address deforestation, especially given increasing pressures from climate change and agricultural expansion.  

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Event: Fifteenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will host its 15th Dialogue on Forest, Governance and Climate Change, on 19 March 2014. Participants at the event in Washington, DC, US, will take stock of the agreement reached on REDD+ at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference as well as international efforts to promote the establishment of forest carbon rights in forested countries. The discussion is expected to consider opportunities and challenges presented by these developments and steps to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded. Topics to be addressed include: what happened in Warsaw with implications for carbon rights and safeguards?; the status of forest carbon rights today; the World Bank methodological framework: status, challenges and opportunities; and the way forward on carbon rights, safeguards and REDD.  

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UN Secretary-General, FAO Call for Pro-Family Farming Policies [viewed]

GLOBAL FORUM AND EXPO ON FAMILY FARMING6 March 2014: Farmers, fishers and pastoralists play a critical role in sustainable agriculture development, eradication of hunger and poverty reduction, according to participants at the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming. Participants recommended that governments adopt pro-family farming policies to facilitate shifts to more sustainable, inclusive food production systems. The event took place in Budapest, Romania, from 4-6 March 2014.

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