Forests & REDD

UNEP, Microsoft Present First Global Biosphere Model [viewed]

microsoft-unep28 April 2014: Researchers at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Research have developed the first computer model for simulating how organisms interact on a global scale. The model, named 'Madingley,' is able to provide long term predictions for the fate of ecosystems and identify risks to ecosystem services and the humans depending on them.

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EU Parliament Approves Invasive Alien Species Legislation [viewed]

European Union16 April 2014: The European Parliament has voted in favor of an Invasive Alien Species (IAS) law for the EU, which will aim to halt the introduction and spread of IAS, especially insects. 

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IUCN Announces Transboundary Asian Partnership for Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN28 April 2014: Representatives from 12 Asian countries and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have established the Asia Protected Areas Partnership. Japan will serve as the first country co-chair of this transboundary partnership, along with IUCN.  

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Panama Releases Map to Guide REDD+, Watershed Management [viewed]

mapamapalight24 April 2014: Panama has released a map detailing its forest cover and land use as part of its commitments as a Partner Country of the UN-REDD Programme.

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UNECE/FAO Support Contribution of Forests to Kazakhstan's Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECE24 April 2014: Stemming in part from the 2013 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' Kazakhstan, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, will develop an action plan to increase the contribution of its forests to the development of a green economy.

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ITTO Reviews 20 Years of Criteria and Indicators Investment [viewed]

ITTO logo24 April 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a technical series, titled ‘Indicating progress: uses and impacts of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.' The report reviews more than 20 years and US$30 million of investment by ITTO in criteria and indicators (C&I). 

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Chinese Companies Learn from Central Africa's Experience in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC25 April 2014: With Asian countries serving as the primary destination for Congo Basin forest products, often extracted by Asian companies with limited understanding of local language and procedures, the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) organized a workshop to provide Chinese logging companies with greater information on forest certification and legality processes in Central Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on LULUCF under the CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC23 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a technical paper on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/TP/2014/2).

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UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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Event: Tehran Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Forests in Central Asia [viewed]

The workshop, the first of three sub-regional workshops to be held as part of the Climate Change Financing for Forests Project under the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), will facilitate an exchange of views and experiences on climate change finance for forest management. Outcomes from the workshop will include suggestions on ways to enhance the links between climate change and forest finance. Hosted by the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the workshop will bring together representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  

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