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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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UNECE, FAO Report on Gradual Recovery of Forest Product Markets [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released the 2013-2014 'Forest Products Market Review,' which stresses that while some market recovery has occurred since the 2009 trough of the financial crisis, forest product markets remain about 10 to 15% below pre-crisis levels.

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World Parks Congress Inspires a New Generation [viewed]

iucn.world.parks17 November 2014: Among its many themes, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) has hosted discussions and events on the theme, ‘Inspiring a New Generation.' This theme aims to empower youth to experience, be inspired by and value nature, and promotes a shared vision of inter-generational partnerships for parks, people and the planet.

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World Parks Congress Showcases Efforts to Improve People's Health through Nature [viewed]

iucn.world.parks16 November 2014: Encouraging all people to access and enjoy national parks is one of many themes under discussion at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress. Several organizations have showcased initiatives at the Congress, such as the Active in Parks program and the Trailrider, an innovative all-terrain wheelchair, which are encouraging and facilitating citizens to connect with and conserve parks and nature.

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Event: Second Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section team of specialists will consider the forest sector outlook for the period 2014-2017, based on suggestions from surveys, input from members, and outcomes from the first meeting of the Team of Specialists. This meeting will also consider guidance from the Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017 adopted at Metsä2013, which calls for greater coherence among regional outlook studies.  

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TTM Report Features Call for ITTO to Engage Private Sector in Tropical Timber Trade [viewed]

ITTO logo16 November 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the 1-15 November issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, highlighting a call from the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) for ITTO to develop a strategy for private sector engagement in tropical timber trade and markets.

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Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress [viewed]

us-kiribati14 November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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IUCN Report: Sustainable Tourism Can Conserve Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: An International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report says that increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, as long as well-functioning management systems are in place. The report, titled ‘Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability,' was launched during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia.

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IUCN, Wiley Publishers Feature Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

Journal Aquatic Conservation Special Issue November 201414 November 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has collaborated with Wily Online Library to release a special issue of the journal Aquatic Conservation, which features ‘Building Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): New Insights from the Third International MPA Congress (IMPAC 3).' The special issue aims to provide data, information and science to support decision-making and goals on ocean protection.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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