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UN Releases Central Framework for Environmental-Economic Accounting[viewed]

The ‘System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012—SEEA Central Framework' (SEEA Central Framework), prepared under the auspices of the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA), has been released. The updated statistical framework is meant to help countries compile consistent and comparable data on environmental assets, and interactions between the economy and the environment.

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Event: UNECE/FAO Forests and Sustainable Development Goals - Second Workshop[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section are convening a workshop to discuss ways and means to integrate forests into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN Celebrates International Mother Earth Day 2014[viewed]

The UN commemorated International Mother Earth Day 2014 with statements and events around the world. Mother Earth Day 2014 focused on green cities, with the aim of raising awareness on how collective action can transform cities and forge a sustainable future.

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ITTO TTM Highlights Commercial Logging Ban in China's Hinggan Mountains[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released the 1-15 April issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights an order by China's State Forestry Administration to halt commercial logging in the Hinggan mountain ranges, where over 500 million cubic meters of natural forests have been extracted over the past 50 years. The Government of China announced it will support the livelihoods of those affected by this decision until 2020.

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UNEP Highlights Potential for Green and Decent Jobs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a fourth publication in its series of Post-2015 Notes. 'Green and Decent Jobs for Poverty Eradication' outlines potential growth areas for jobs that deliver decent working conditions as well as environmental benefits, citing International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 600 million new jobs need to be created over the next ten years.

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CITES, UNEP and UNEP-WCMC Unveil Improvements to Trade Database[viewed]

Using open-source technology, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) have overhauled the CITES Trade Database. The Database contains approximately 14 million records on international trade in CITES-listed species.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal[viewed]

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground. Participants from 11 public and private funds adopted resolutions to support these countries' Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) at the Ninth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF9) of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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Viet Nam Becomes 69th Party to ITTA[viewed]

The Government of Viet Nam has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 69th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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ICRAF Publishes Guide on Conservation Agriculture with Trees [viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre has published a guide for farmers and extension staff, ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees (CAWT): Principles and Practice.' The guide aims to assist extension agents in conducting training events on CAWT for farmers and other stakeholders in the East African region.

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Review of Sustainability Initiatives Identifies Market and Performance Trends[viewed]

The 'State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014,' which resulted from a collaborative effort among several organizations, examines market and performance trends of the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives—such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance—across ten leading commodity sectors.

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