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New series assesses REDD+ safeguards from six angles

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 22:17

Governance, benefit sharing, tenure, gender, biodiversity and technical monitoring.

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Assessment of multilevel governance for benefit sharing

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 21:52

Local governments and groups are noticeably absent from wider talks on benefits.

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Federation of Mountain Protected Areas to Facilitate Management

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 18:07
The Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Ev-K2-CNR presented the Federation of Mountain Protected Areas (FMPA), a global alliance of mountain protected areas (PAs), at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. The FMPA will provide a platform to share information, experiences and best practices to facilitate the management of mountain PAs.

Media Advisory - Press Conference - Investments in Vaudreuil and Drummondville

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Do, 27/11/2014 - 17:30
KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Nov. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Media representatives are invited to a press conference at which Charles Malo, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Packaging at Norampac, ...

Sharing Our Habitat With Big Cats

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 17:30
A study is disputing the view that leopards wish to be in the forest, and that they enter human territory only because of circumstances.

Production interruption at Tembec's Temiscaming, Quebec industrial complex

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Do, 27/11/2014 - 16:41
MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In response to UNIFOR Union Local 233's decision to go on strike effective as of 6:30 p.m. last night, Tembec ceases the operations at its Temiscaming, Quebec...

Climate change – is Nordic forestry prepared?

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 15:48
Climate change is recognized as one of the most important challenges for society and many ecosystems. Although forests are generally robust there is a concern that many forest trees will be seriously affected by the rapid increase in temperature. Nordgen … Continue reading →

Focali Researchers to COP20 in Lima,Peru

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 15:41
Three Focali researchers - Javier Godar, Toby Gardner and Fariborz Zelli - will participate in side-events during COP20.

22,000 unique covers

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 15:24
When Iggesund Paperboard planned the first digitally printed cover for its inspirational magazine Inspire, the ambition level was high.

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 14:56

Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world

Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide.

Joko Widodo signalled the significant change of direction for Indonesia when he joined a local community in Sumatra in damming a canal designed to drain a peat forest. Halting the draining and burning of peatland will also tackle the forest fires which have trebled since 2011 and can pump smoke across the entire region.

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[Indonesia] 80% of forests in C. Kalimantan converted for plantations and mining: REDD+

REDD monitor news - Do, 27/11/2014 - 14:34
The Jakarta Post, 26 November 2014 | The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Management Agency (REDD+) says around 80 percent of forests in Central Kalimantan have been converted for mining and industrial plantation use. “Forests in Central Kalimantan are disappearing at an alarming rate. Many of the forests have been converted for oil palm plantations and mining areas,” the agency’s joint secretariat officer, Teguh Priyatmono, said Wednesday in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, as quoted by Antara news agency. He said Central Kalimantan had been struck by a number of major disasters caused by excessive forest conversion, including floods and drought. During the dry season, he said, many springs dried out. During the rainy season, he added, the loss of trees that used to absorb rainfall triggered floods. Teguh said restoring forests in Central Kalimantan to their original condition would require greater awareness and commitment from all related stakeholders.

Safeguards, finance loom large at UN climate talks in Lima

REDD monitor news - Do, 27/11/2014 - 14:33
By Bruno Vander Velde, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 26 November 2014 | Last week, Lou Verchot, Director of the Environment Program at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), sat down with Steve Leonard, Senior Policy Analyst at CIFOR, to preview the talks. Among the topics they highlighted: There is disagreement over whether further guidance is needed on safeguarding the rights and benefits of local and indigenous people in the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) initiative. Factoring in the contributions of non-carbon emissions to climate change—and measuring their effects—is fraught with complexity and uncertainty, with ramifications for who pays for emissions, and how much. The Green Climate Fund is gaining speed, with major pledges in recent weeks from the U.S., Japan and other countries. The next step: Spending the money.

Should the role of afforestation in climate change mitigation policy be re-evaluated?

REDD monitor news - Do, 27/11/2014 - 14:31
Phys.org, 24 November 2014 | Afforestation (planting trees) to mitigate climate change could cause warming rather than cooling globally due to non-carbon effects of land use change, according to new research from the University of Bristol. Global land use change and its interaction with the climate system is recognised as an important component of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s future climate scenarios. New research led by T Davies-Barnard of Bristol's Cabot Institute investigated the full effects of carbon and non-carbon impacts of land use change in the representative concentration pathways (RCPs), a range of socioeconomic scenarios for future climate. The research team used an earth system model to investigate global temperature sensitivity to land use change in the RCP scenarios. Their study, published in Environmental Research Letters, is the first to assess the effect of land use in both afforestation and deforestation scenarios for the RCPs.

Mondi to close Silicart release liner plant in Italy

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 14:14
Mondi has announced plans to close down its Silicart plant in Italy which produces silicone-coated...

[Indonesia] Business as usual to protect forests

REDD monitor news - Do, 27/11/2014 - 13:48
By Lim Mei Ming, The Jakarta Post, 27 November 2014 | Being a country endowed with rich biodiversity in the form of the second-largest tropical forest in the world after Brazil, Indonesia has unfortunately shown irresponsibility given its fast deforestation rate. Between 1990 and 2005, Indonesian forest degradation reached 28 million hectares (mha), including 21.7 mha of virgin forest. Worse, the country emits the third-highest level of greenhouse gases after the US and China, which is attributed to deforestation. Based on the facts, then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono promised at a G8 meeting in Pittsburgh, the US in 2009 to reduce Indonesian greenhouse-gas emissions by 26 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2020 through reformation of land and forest use as well as land-use change.

STA guidance �commended�

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 13:19
The Health & Safety Executive has commended the Structural Timber Association for its work on producing its...

How is our work on Participatory Forest Monitoring supporting National Forest Monitoring Systems?

GFIS - Do, 27/11/2014 - 12:16
Program: REDD+

 The Participatory Forest Monitoring (PFM) approach has been generally emerging in forest landscape management across Asia region. Given its broad conceptual approach in engaging multi-stakeholder in monitoring forest resources ad ecosystem services for multi management purpose, it is necessary to have a broad participation of stakeholders.


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