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CEPF Publishes Annual Report; Showcases Investment in Biodiversity Conservation

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 18:12
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has published its 2014 report showcasing projects funded around the globe and providing an overview of CEPF investments in biodiversity hotspots. CEPF provides grants to non-governmental and private sector organizations, and focuses on conservation of biodiversity hotspots in developing and transitional countries.

[New Zealand] On your marks - the green race that's never finished

REDD monitor news - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:31
By Nigel Parry, New Zealand Herald, 6 July 2015 Environmental improvement is a continual journey, according to organisations committed to sustainability. "It has no end point," says Michael Wentworth of Yealands, the world's first carbon neutral winery from the get-go. The Marlborough-based winery uses the carboNZero tools and audits to drive down emissions and as a marketing tool. For Wentworth, it adds a vital third party endorsement. "It's backing up the claims that we were making and our focus on sustainability," he adds. "We put carboNZero on our labels and on front of our packaging; it's what we stand for and what we are about." The scheme formally audits business carbon footprint annually, down to the level of supplier invoices and their own emissions. Any resulting CO2 is countered by buying carbon credits and in Yealands' case that means New Zealand-sourced offsets.

Sumforest Workshop on Sustainable Forest Management

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:31
On the 27th of May 2015 a workshop on Sustainable Forest Management was held in Minsk, Belarus. The objective was to share and discuss views on the potential to increase cooperation and setting joint priorities for research needs in the field of sustainable forest management (SFM) in EU, Russia and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. […]

[USA] Will The 'Just Say No' Strategy To Thwarting Obama's Carbon Plan Work?

REDD monitor news - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:28
By Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 5 July 2015 Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has curbed the Environmental Protection Agency efforts to enact mercury standards, the coal sector wants to carry forward the same winning mindset — and help kill the same agency’s proposed carbon standards. Will it work? That’s highly unlikely. But it will serve to delay the implementation of the rule that would cut carbon releases by 30 percent by 2030. At issue in both the mercury case decided last Monday and the Clean Power Plan to be finalized this summer is costs — and whether they would be rational in comparison to the benefits produced.

REDD in the news: 29 June – 5 July 2015

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:16
REDD-Monitor’s weekly round up of the news on REDD, forests and climate. The links are organised by date (click on the title for the full article). REDD-Monitor’s news links on delicious.com are updated regularly. For past REDD in the news posts, click here.   29 June 2015 Fight against deforestation … read more

SNS funds 4 new Networks, this time together with NKJ

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 11:56
For the period of 2015 – 2017, SNS collaborates together with the Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research (NKJ) by financing four Nordic research networks. The aim of this  is to promote international and cross-sectorial networking between researchers and … Continue reading →

Paper Call: Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Community Forestry in Nepal"

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 11:20

Call for papers National Workshop on Biodiversity & Community Forestry

Event: 22nd Annual ISTF Conference: Tropical Forests for Sustainable Development

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 10:52
The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will focus on the theme, 'Shaping our Post-2015 Future with Knowledge from the Field'. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for field researchers and practitioners to discuss with policymakers the role tropical forests will play in the post-2015 development agenda and in enhancing our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

National Trust to invest £30m in renewable energy sources

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 07:01

Europe’s largest conservation organisation to use solar, biomass and hydro power to supply half its energy needs for its estates, historic houses and palaces

The National Trust is to invest £30m in solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake, in a bid to supply half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

The significant investment in renewable power by Europe’s largest conservation organisation is an eightfold increase on the £3.5m the trust has already invested in five pilot green projects.

Related: Snowdonia hydro-turbine marks major National Trust green energy project

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Climate change compounding threats to Australia's ecosystems, studies find

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 06:36

Changes in climate ‘the most pervasive threat’ to forests, wetlands and deserts, adding to harm caused by urban development, agriculture and invasive species

Climate change is compounding existing threats to Australia’s forests, wetlands and deserts, with several key landscapes now at risk of total collapse, a landmark series of new studies have found.

An assessment of 13 ecosystems across Australia, ranging from the wet tropics of far north Queensland to rare shrubland in Western Australia, found what researchers call a “worrying” climate change impact that adds to existing harm caused by urban development, agriculture and invasive species.

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Resilient Federal Forests Act highlights proper forest management

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 05:26

With extreme weather patterns already devastating various regions of the country, it’s shaping up to be a long and costly summer.

Wild food means good food: CIFOR study

GFIS - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 04:16

In Tanzania, women supplement their families’ diets by collecting foods that grow wild near their homes. They gather edible species while weeding, they collect wild vegetables they pass on their way to and from their farms, and they’ll take certain routes to collect firewood knowing they’ll pass by spots where sought-after species grow. In this... Read more

[UK] Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change

REDD monitor news - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 00:39
By Damian Carrignton, The Guardian, 2 July 2015 Prince Charles has said that “profound changes” to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians. The heir to the throne – often criticised for his meddling in political affairs – argued that ending the taxpayer subsidies enjoyed by coal, oil and gas companies could reduce the carbon emissions driving climate change by an estimated 13%. Although the prince’s passion for environmental causes is well known, the speech delivered on Thursday evening in St James’s Palace, London was particularly pointed in its criticism of companies that protected vested interests and came with a report that proposed raising taxes on them.

Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets

REDD monitor news - Mon, 06/07/2015 - 00:38
Reuters, 2 July 2015 Germany agreed on Thursday to mothball about five of the country’s largest brown coal power plants to meet its climate goals by 2020, after months of wrangling between the parties in chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition. But Merkel and the leaders of her two junior coalition partners also, in effect, agreed to set up a “capacity reserve” system where utilities could switch on the brown coal plants if there were power shortages in the country. An economy ministry spokesman said the decision on brown coal would mean Germany could meet its goal of reducing German CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 compared to 1990. The goal is much more ambitious than the EU-wide target of the same cut by 2030. “Brown coal-fired plants with a capacity of 2.7 gigawatts will be mothballed. Those plants will not be allowed to sell any electricity on the normal power market,” said a spokesman for the economy ministry after the talks which lasted four hours.


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