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We're at a tipping point over climate

REDD monitor news - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 20:52
By Darren Walker (Ford Foundation), CNN, 22 September 2014 | Deforestation is responsible for 15% of global carbon emissions, but if we move quickly, we could start now to slow global warming, quickly and cost effectively, while buying vital time for the other solutions that leaders are seeking. We lose 32 million acres of forests every year, the equivalent of almost three soccer fields of forest every three seconds. Why? A recent study blames palm oil, paper and other agricultural commodities for more than half of the world's tropical forest loss... But something remarkable happened this past year. Stirred by growing consumer demand for change and unprecedented new commitments to sustainability, companies whose business represents well over half the globally traded volume of palm oil have pledged to source their products without cutting down forests. Amongst the highest profile of these companies is the Asian trading giant Wilmar International...

MIT Climate CoLab: ArBio selected as finalists!

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 20:50
As previously announced on our ArBio Italia Facebook page, ArBio has taken part in a competition organized by the Climate CoLab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. This competition aims at implementing actions that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change. We are thrilled to announce that...
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Opportunities for restoration: Working with communities of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 20:27
Following a positive experience with the community of Rancho Quemado in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, the IAFN team delivered a second community-based training in the community of Hojancha, in Guanacaste province. Participants came from the hills around Hojancha and the Pacific coast of Nicoya to learn about reforestation using the analog forestry method. The...
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Fostering local knowledge: Training of Trainers in Belipola, Sri Lanka

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 20:25
One of the key challenges of running an international network is this: how can you translate a global scope into local results? At IAFN, we work with local partners who have impact on the ground – that is why our programs are geared toward enhancing our partners’ ability to deliver results. In order to increase...
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Follow-up with the Rancho Quemado community

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 20:18
What happens to a group of trainees once our workshops end? Three months after the first analog forestry workshop with the community of Rancho Quemado in the Osa Peninsula, the IAFN team paid a follow-up visit in order to see how the participants have been advancing with the method, and to work on the designs...
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UNFCCC Reports on Meeting on REDD+ Non-market-based Approaches

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 19:42
The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released the report of an in-session expert meeting on non-market-based approaches, such as joint mitigation and adaptation approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests, to support the implementation of the activities referred to in COP Decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (REDD+ activities).

New report identifies actions needed to curtail illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 19:04
Washington DC, 22nd September 2014—Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from 1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC.

GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 18:59
INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014'

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 18:44
GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014' based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

FAO Circulates Reports of ITWGs on Plant and Forest Genetic Resources

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 18:14
The Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has circulated the reports of the third session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Forest Genetic Resources, held from 7-9 July 2014, in Rome, Italy, and of the seventh session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, held from 9-11 July 2014 also in Rome.

Analog Forestry in cities: Planting in Los Cipreses, San José

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 18:09
IAFN’s mission statement includes the phrase “a new rural development paradigm”. But is analog forestry only a solution for rural areas? Can the forest never again come to the city? These days, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Our work with the Los Cipreses neighbourhood in San José, Costa Rica,...
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Gateway to analog forestry: EcoEra and La Posada Natura

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 18:00
Athina Koutouleas is a sustainable agriculturalist from Australia. Starting in May 2014, she and her partner embarked on a bike tour across Latin America, visiting sustainable agriculture and analog forestry sites across the continent. Reports from her journey will appear on IAFN’s site periodically. In her first entry from May 2014, she relates a stay...
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Analog Forestry in West Africa: Workshop with Les Compagnons Ruraux

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 17:54
After a long time in the works, IAFN supported a capacity building activity with Les Compagnons Ruraux, a Togolese NGO that has been active in the restoration of Togo’s mountain ecosystems. This was IAFN’s first major activity in French West Africa, though LCR’s work in the area has shown the potential of analog forestry as...
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Fire causes temporary shutdown of two mills

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 17:15
Cascades announces the temporary shutdown of the Greenpac and Norampac Niagara Falls containerboard mills following a fire that occurred on Saturday September 20, 2014, in the old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles located outside of the mills. Both mills were quickly evacuated with no injuries to personnel. The causes of the fire are currently unknown, but local authorities are investigating to determine the potential causes of this event.

Blaze halts production at Greenpac and Norampac containerboard mills in Niagara Falls

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 16:46
Cascades will disclose additional information about the production start-up at Norampac and...

Green cred under fire, Peru host UN climate talks

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 16:00
Global Post: Extremely vulnerable to global warming, Peru might seem like the ideal location to hold the next round of the United Nations' climate talks. The country's mountain glaciers are melting at an alarming rate while parts of the vast Peruvian Amazon are already wilting, literally, as the mercury gently rises, potentially releasing billions of tons of carbon stored in the trees into the atmosphere. No wonder the government here has been getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the estimated 12,000...

OIA GLOBAL Obtains Majority Ownership of TriMAX Joint Venture in Vietnam

Canadian Forestindustries News II - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 16:00
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ -- OIA Global, a leading worldwide logistics, materials management and packaging solutions provider, announced today that it has obtained majority equity in its...

ClimateWeekNYC – Forests Events

GFIS - Mo, 22/09/2014 - 15:49

Forests events at ClimateWeekNYC

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