Forests & REDD

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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ITTO Approves $2.4 Million for Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, Trade and Transparency [viewed]

ITTO logo6 March 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has announced its project portfolio under its Thematic Programmes on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (TFLET) and Trade and Market Transparency (TMT).

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ICRAF Assesses Tree Fodder Use and Potential in East Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 March 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a working paper, titled 'Agroforestry, Livestock, Fodder Production and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in East Africa - issues and options,' which has a particular focus on calliandra.

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UN Agencies Launch Tourism Focused Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

unodc-unesco-wto5 March 2014: Three UN agencies have joined hands in the fight against illegal trade by launching a new campaign to raise awareness among travelers and the tourism industry on making ethical choices and reducing demand for illegal products. The campaign was presented at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

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PROFOR Supports REDD+ Benefit Sharing and Forest Governance Assessments [viewed]

PROFOR27 February 2014: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a number of updates on its activities and programmes in support of forest and REDD+ benefit sharing and forest governance.

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CIFOR Calls for Inputs on Landscape Approaches to Food Production [viewed]

CIFOR1 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its February news update highlighting the upcoming Forests Asia Summit, which will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable landscapes for green growth in Southeast Asia.'

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ICRAF Explores Forest Policy and Conservation in the Sahel [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)March 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a publication detailing how forestry codes impact the use and management of protected indigenous tree species in the Sahel based on case studies from Mali, Niger and Senegal.

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FAO Supports Forest Inventory in Zambia for REDD+ Preparedness [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a second national forest inventory in Zambia, including new elements for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+.

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