Asia

ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet [viewed]

Itto9 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan released an updated version of the REDD+ booklet highlighting relevant findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation [viewed]

UNECE-FAO-Global Water Partnership4 December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) convened an assessment workshop for the Syr Darya Basin covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The assessment is part of the ‘nexus approach' designed to link water, food security and energy.

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FAO Reveals Forestry Decline over Previous Decade [viewed]

FAODecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a Forest Finance Working Paper on the contribution of the forestry sector to employment, value-added, and export earnings at global, regional and national levels. Overall, the report states that in 2011, the global export of forest products reached about US$421 billion.

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Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC8 December 2014: On the occasion of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico submitted their national data on forest sector emission reductions.

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IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign [viewed]

IFAD8 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change.

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IUCN ROWA Highlights Conservation in West Asia [viewed]

IUCN8 December 2014: During a World Parks Congress (WPC) event organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), participants agreed that a multidisciplinary understanding of biodiversity conservation and protected areas (PAs) is necessary to highlight gaps and to effectively manage PAs in the West Asia region.

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UN-REDD COP 20 Event Examines REDD+ Post-2015 [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) organized a high-level dialogue to explore a post-2015 vision for REDD+ as a catalyst for sustainable development and the 2016-2020 role of UN-REDD. The side event, 'Looking Forward: REDD+ Post 2015,' convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Countries Present REDD+ Reference Emission Levels to COP 20 President [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: On the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Government of Peru organized an event which gave parties an opportunity to submit REDD+ forest reference emission levels (RELs) and/or forest reference levels (RLs) to the President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, and the UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, Richard Kinley.

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IAEA, FAO Use Nuclear Techniques to Combat Soil Degradation [viewed]

fao-iaea4 December 2014: A number of projects utilizing nuclear techniques and undertaken jointly by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have led to a significant decrease in soil degradation in several countries. Such techniques can help protect soil from degradation, which affects 1.9 billion hectares of land or 65% of global soil resources, according to IAEA, which also estimates that soil erosion, the main driver of degradation, results in an annual loss of 75 billion tons of fertile soil, and costs approximately US$400 billion annually.

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CIFOR Event Identifies Lessons from Sub-National REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference titled 'REDD+ Emerging?: What We Can Learn from Sub-National Initiatives.' The event's speakers, starting from the premise that sub-national initiatives provide the context in which national and international policies must operate, considered both the challenges sub-national REDD+ initiatives face and ways to align local and national level actions.

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