Asia

GEF Reflects on Forests [viewed]

GEFJune 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) released a summary of its support for forests that begins with its first project in Guyana in 1991 and culminates in the adoption of the GEF-6 forest strategy in 2014.

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CIFOR, UNEP Investigate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Projects [viewed]

cifor_unep_cbfp2 June 2015: In order to support benefit sharing, which is garnering attention in REDD+ preparedness, especially as countries move towards results based payments, projects in Kenya, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are gathering experiences and developing and testing decision-making support tools.

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CIFOR Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

CIFOR28 May 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2014 annual report highlighting achievements in research, policy development and actions on the ground. In particular, the report covers CIFOR's 70 active projects across 42 countries as well as 441 publications and 158 partnerships, describing how they contribute to ‘Forests for a sustainable future,' the theme and title of the report.

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SFM a Focus in Politics and Practice [viewed]

cifor-eu-forestsMay 2015: A number of intergovernmental processes as well as partnerships and projects are focusing on sustainable forest management (SFM), garnering political support as well as working to demonstrate results through research and projects implemented globally.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes Progress on 2016-2020 Strategic Framework [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 May 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) completed the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, reaffirming support for the development of the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Framework and welcoming progress from Chile, Myanmar and Peru.

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CIF Expands Investment Opportunities to 72 Countries [viewed]

CIF19 May 2015: Decisions taken during the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings will bring the US$8.1 billion CIF to a total of 72 developing and middle-income countries in the areas of renewable energy, technology, sustainable forestry and climate resilience. During the meetings, the CIF earmarked US$100 million to Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti to help them develop their renewable energy markets.

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FAO Publications Address Forest Management to Protect Soil and Water [viewed]

fao_headquartersMay 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two related publications on forest management for soil and water protection. The first publication, titled ‘Field guide for rapid assessment of forest protective function for soil and water,' presents a “scientifically sound, cost-effective and easy-to-apply method” for collecting data to promote forest management for soil and water protection.

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ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration [viewed]

ILC22 May 2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality.

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AEEA Recognizes Environmental Crime Fighters in Asia Pacific [viewed]

environmental_crime fighters21 May 2015: Five enforcement officers and eight organizations working on addressing illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals and waste in the Asia Pacific region received the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award (AEEA). This award is a joint initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Freeland, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and USAID.

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Saiga Die-Off Continues in Kazakhstan [viewed]

CMS21 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) sent an expert mission to Kazakhstan, as per the country's request, to strengthen work to identify the cause of the current saiga die-off. Latest official reports confirm that 85,000 saiga antelopes have died in the Betpak-dala population, as well as another part of the Betpak-dala population towards the west in Aktobe oblast in Kazakhstan.

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