UNDP in Vietnam is seeking a Programme Management Associate (PMA) to support the management and implementation of UNDP projects in the sustainable development areas, with a special focus on the project UN REDD Viet Nam Phase II. The PMA will work in close collaboration with the operations, programme and projects’ staff in the Country Office (CO) and UNDP Head Quarters (HQs) and will contribute to achieve the following objectives:
- Provide support and contribution to the planning, management and implementation of the REDDD+ related projects/ activities assigned to her/him, in accordance with UN/UNDP’s established rules and regulations and practices;
- Provide support to the overall development, management and operation of the UNDP’s sustainable development programme in Viet Nam.
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RECOFTC in Vietnam is looking for a Community Forestry Partnerships Coordinator (CFPC) to integrate its team in Hanoi. The CFPC will be responsible for development of piloting and demonstration sites in the field, in partnership with relevan stakeholders. S/he will work directly with RECOFTC partners (Government agencies at different levels, Vietnamese and international NGOs, Research and training institutions, local communities and donors) in the development of Community Forestry policy, in line with the existing legislation and local practices. S/he will also provide technical assistance and training to relevant stakeholders and network with all community forestry initiatives and organizations to share lessons learnt.
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Recently, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a second version of its outdated pulp and paper capacity closure campaign for 2013, raising this year's removal target to 7.42 million tonnes (the first list totaled 6.21 million tonnes). The total industry target is less than last year's record figure of 9.95 million tonnes. Two lists with firm level capacity removal details were also released, covering more than 300 firms in this industry. Additionally, unlike prior years, some provinces disclosed further machine and grade details on listed firms. Since the MIIT began to provide firm details a few years ago, we have run a full diagnosis on the annual list and targeted firms in order to gauge the closure scale and complete the supply side of our forecast. Based on the information available to us, we estimate that the planned closure targets for containerboard and boxboard capacity amounted to 3.0-3.3 million tonnes and 1.0-1.4 million tonnes, respectively. On average, these two grades represent 57% of the total pulp and paper closure targets this year. In terms of geographical location, the top four provinces, Hebei, Fujian, Hunan and Anhui, comprise 51% of the containerboard capacity closure target, while Hunan and Hebei also account for 49% of the boxboard capacity removal goal.
Rainforest Foundation Norway will launch its new report and organise discussions related to the rights of indigenous peoples and communities in forest preservation. The session will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 5th of December.
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The International Conference on “Forests, Soils and Rural Livelihoods in a Changing Global Context” will be held in Dhulikhel, Kave, Nepal, during September, 2014. The conference is an outcome of the Norwegian Research Council supported project “Forest and Soil Restoration and Land Use Change Impacts on Carbon Pools and Fluxes in the Himalaya: Research and Capacity Building in Nepal, (FORESC), which investigated different land use and forest management effects on soil and biomass carbon stocks as well as implications for local livelihoods. Participants are invited to submit papers for discussions.
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NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. (CatchMark Timber) has commenced an underwritten offering of 10,526,316 shares of its Class A common stock in the United States an...
Forests Climate Change, 2 December 2013 | In pioneering new research published in Science, a team led by Matthew Hansen from the University of Maryland, has analyzed 650,000 freely available Landsat images to visualize changes in forest cover at a whopping 30-meter resolution. “This is the first global wall-to-wall annual forest cover map available at such a high resolution that covers more than one decade,” said Arief Wijaya, post-doc researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)... “The data could potentially be useful for REDD+, but further analysis will be needed to ensure we accurately estimate human-induced forest area change,” he said. One case study shows that Hansen’s forest loss estimate for Indonesia from 2009-2012 is almost triple the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry’s national deforestation estimates (17,000 square kilometers/year versus 6,500 square kilometres/year).
By Michelle Kovacevic, Forests Climate Change, 2 December 2013 | Emotional monologues, huddles, then a mass exodus – this year’s UN climate negotiations were dramatic but fruitful for forests, experts say, with a framework for REDD+, support for communities adapting to climate change, and a tentative plan for the successor to the Kyoto protocol all pushed through in the final hours. “Despite slow progress in many other parts of the UN climate agenda in Warsaw, there was real progress in overarching decisions pertaining to forests,” said Louis Verchot, research director at the Center for International Forestry Research. “REDD+ was once again the bright spot in the negotiations. And with the large number of agreements that were finalized, Warsaw is likely to be remembered as the REDD+ COP,” he said.
UNEP News Centre, 2 December 2013 | More than 240 kg of elephant ivory and 856 timber logs have been seized and 660 people arrested during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation combating ivory trafficking and illegal logging across Southern and Eastern Africa. As part of INTERPOL's Project Wisdom and Project Leaf, the operation jointly targeted ivory smuggling and illegal logging, with smugglers often concealing ivory inside charcoal containers or welded chambers of trucks used to transport logs across borders. Also seized were 20 kg of rhino horns, 302 bags of charcoal, 637 firearms, nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition, 30 chainsaws, 200 kilos of cannabis and khat, 65 pellets of heroin, 47 animal parts and 44 vehicles... "Through this INTERPOL operation, we have identified major networks involved in the smuggling of elephant ivory and we have also seized significant amounts of ivory, as well as illegal shipments of timber and charcoal," said Heri Lugaye, Assistant Superintendent of Polic
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HARTSVILLE, S.C., Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, today announced...
By Jackson Okoth, Standard Digital Business, 2 December 2013 | A number of firms especially those in energy consuming activities such as cement manufacturing, sugar production, tea farming and electricity generation are sitting on huge but worthless carbon credits. This is after the price on the global credit market collapsed more than a year ago, leaving them with worthless projects. “We have firms that had set up fully fledged operations in energy-saving projects but have earned little or no carbon credits when the market in Europe collapsed,” said Job Kihumba, chairman of the African Carbon Exchange (ACE). When the Kyoto Protocol came to an end in December 2012, the global carbon credit collapsed with prices falling from 18 Euros per carbon credit to less than one Euro. A new protocol that follows Kyoto is expected to be signed in 2015.
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Development Today, 2 December 2013 | Finland and Sweden are demanding the reimbursement of aid funds after revelations of corruption related to a local government reform programme in Tanzania. [R-M: Subscription needed.]
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Development Today, December 2013 | Guyana and Norway remain committed to the Amaila Falls dam project, though IDB has removed it from its active pipeline and future financing remains unclear. [R-M: Subscription needed.]