Forests & REDD

ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector [viewed]

Itto1 August 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16-31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.

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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAOAugust 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focuses on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.

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India, US Consult on Climate Change [viewed]

india.us30 July 2014: High-level officials from India and the US have met to discuss bi- and multilateral cooperation on climate change. The meeting constituted the first round of bilateral consultations under the India-US Joint Working Group on Climate Change.

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July 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

EIB-CIF-AfDB-EBRD-World Bank-GEF31 July 2014: During July 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have reported on climate investments. Both the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced partnerships with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for a variety of climate-related investments. The World Bank also announced additional funding to be provided by CIF.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights South-South Exchanges [viewed]

unredd1 August 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the August 2014 edition of its newsletter, highlighting a regional workshop on National REDD+ Strategies for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Civil Society Continues to Issue Reactions to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGAugust 2014: In reaction to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified by the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs, civil society organizations (CSOs) have issued articles and positions outlining their ideas for consideration during the next steps in defining the post-2015 development agenda.

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Mexico, California Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

california-mexico-flags28 July 2014: The Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its National Forestry Commission and the State of California, US, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhancing cooperation on climate change and the environment. The objective of the MoU is to promote bilateral actions in the areas of climate change, forest wildfires, air quality and clean transport through 2018.

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UNFF Provides Background Note on Proposed SDGs [viewed]

UnffJuly 2014: In a background note, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) reports that, "The agreement by the Open Working Group (OWG) on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a positive step forward towards an effective and stronger post 2015 development agenda and the post 2015 International Arrangement on Forests." Forests and their multiple functions are directly addressed under Proposed Goals 15 and 6.

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FAO Releases Survey of Pulp and Paper Production [viewed]

FAOJuly 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 'Pulp and Paper Capacities 2013–2018,' containing information on 33 countries, which together represent 85% of pulp and paper production.

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ICRAF Focuses on Value of Forests beyond Carbon [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)July 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released the July 2014 issue of its newsletter, 'Transformations,' highlighting the many values of forests beyond carbon. In particular, the newsletter introduces the book, 'Trees for Life,' which provides examples of how farmers in developing countries are using trees to improve their livelihood options.

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