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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6[viewed]

The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities[viewed]

Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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Bioversity Issues Factsheet on Genetic Diversity Conservation in Asian Tropical Forests[viewed]

Noting that forest genetic diversity can be lost after just one logging event, Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia have published a case study reviewing what is known about the impacts of logging on genetic diversity in Asian tropical forests. To accompany this research, they have also issued a factsheet to help policymakers and forest managers raise awareness of and conserve forest biodiversity.

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CPF Calls for Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Award[viewed]

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has announced the opening of nominations for the Wangari Maathai Award 2014. The award will be issued to an individual who has achieved success in the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of forests for the benefit of local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment.

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CIFOR Analyzes Challenges to REDD+ in Six Countries[viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report analyzing the implementation of REDD+ in six countries. 'The challenges of establishing REDD+ on the ground' covers 23 sub-national programmes, concluding that the greatest challenges facing REDD+ implementation are inadequate economic incentives coupled with insecure land tenure and use rights.

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Bioversity International Examines Legal Frameworks for Fruit Tree Conservation in Central Asia[viewed]

In the report, 'Conservation of fruit tree diversity in Central Asia: Policy options and challenges,' Bioversity International investigates the legal and policy frameworks impacting the conservation of horticultural and wild fruit species' genetic diversity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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FAO and ITTO Discuss PES in Tropical Forests[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO) of Costa Rica convened a workshop on payments for environmental services (PES) aimed at building understanding of the importance of PES in tropical forests, and sharing best practices and lessons learned.

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FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions[viewed]

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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Event: Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.

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CIFOR Links Chinese Logging Ban to Illegal Logging in Mozambique[viewed]

A case study co-authored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) explores the links between a domestic logging ban in China and illegal logging in Mozambique. The paper 'Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa: Assessing and Governing Trade-Offs to National Economies, Local Livelihoods and Forest Ecosystems,' notes that though the export of raw logs was banned by Mozambique in 2007, the volume of logs imported by China is between three and five times higher than officially reported.

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