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Beginning Wednesday, 20 March, the online REDD+ law and governance group will feature an open discussion of grievance redress mechanism development for REDD+. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. 

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According to a recent study, between 2003 and 2012, approximately 67 million hectares (1.7%) of forest land is burned annually, mostly in tropical South America and Africa. The immediate and long-term impacts of wildfires can be devastating to communities, economies and forest ecosystems. The increase in forest wildfires around the world also threatens the long-term permanence of carbon stocks in all types of forests, as well as forest regeneration and reforestation projects. Many countries in Africa are particularly vulnerable to this threat, with Sudan being one of them. How the country is rethinking its fire management and monitoring in the framework of its REDD+ activities, and how can innovations in national forest monitoring facilitate the process?

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As the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria is facing enormous pressure on its natural resources. According to Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, the current deforestation rate is estimated at 3.5% - one of the highest in the world. The Federal Government of Nigeria is determined to protect and sustainably manage its remaining forest resources and, therefore, embarked upon REDD+ with support of the UN-REDD Programme – which supported a national programme from 2012 to 2016, and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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A training marked the launch of capacity building efforts on the new UN-REDD Gender Marker Rating System, an effort to promote gender equality within the 2018-2020 Technical Assistance Programme by establishing a clear framework for identifying areas for mainstreaming gender and for monitoring progress.

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With more than 650 members from 84 countries, the online discussion group on REDD+ and Forest Governance is a popular forum for informal exchanges of experiences and ideas to stimulate new approaches to address forest governance challenges. In light of the Paris Climate Agreement, the platform also informs national efforts to achieve carbon emissions reductions targets.

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Through the work of its National Technical Working Group on Safeguards and SIS (TWG-S&SIS), Mongolia has completed two key outputs of its national safeguards approach. The National REDD+ Safeguards Framework sets out how Mongolia will address and respect the safeguards, and describes the process undertaken to develop the national safeguards approach. The two reports on Mongolia's SIS, REDD+ Safeguard Information System: Proposed Structure, Functions and Roles (vol.1) and Annexes and Workshop Reports (vol. 2), presents the design of the SIS, as well as a detailed plan for operationalising a SIS database.

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Mongolia is known for its steppes and deserts, but it is a forest nation, too. Boreal forests line Mongolia’s northern border with Siberia, covering 14.2 million hectares, or nine percent of this vast country. They are part of a huge expanse of boreal forest – the world’s largest terrestrial biome – that stretches right across the earth’s northern latitudes. These forests are both intensely affected by climate change but they are also a possible, partial solution to it.

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Port Moresby, 4 December 2018- National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS), a key element of the Warsaw Framework under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a prerequisite for countries working to reduce emissions from deforestation, forest degradation and activities to enhance forest carbon stocks, or more commonly known as REDD+. The function of the NFMS is to monitor changes in a country’s forests, which will help improve forest policy making and planning. 

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Port Moresby, 07 December 2018- Over fifty (50) stakeholders from the Government, private sector and civil society have come together to discuss the development of a future scenario for engagement and investment in the Forestry Sectorin Papua New Guinea (PNG).

 

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The UN-REDD Programme's side event will showcase forests as the leading front in nature-based climate solutions and demonstrate how innovative partnerships, novel financial instruments and new technological advances are fundamental for scaling up forest-based climate action.

With

  • H.E. Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO
  • Roselyn Fosuah Adjeh, Ag. Director Climate Change Department, Ghana: South-South and public-private partnership in the Cocoa and Forest Initiative
  • Pierre Rousseau, Senior Strategic Advisor Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas: redirecting investments towards sustainable, deforestation-free commodity production
  • David Saah,Associate Professor and Director of Geospatial Analysis Lab, San Francisco University: Cloud computing - breaking barriers to technology – Collect Earth Online and SEPAL. Official launch and demonstration of SERVIR.

Join us in Katowice or watch live: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/unfccc365.onmicrosoft.com/d74c93ea43a946d790dc3bbe6831cb9a/en-US/

 

 

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How do you know if you are standing on peatland? How do we avoid peatlands getting dry and burning? After the discovery of the vast extent of the peatlands in the Congo Basin, a recent digital summit addressed these and other questions.

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A new update of the Globallometree platform reports a thousand new allometric models to support countries both in emission factors and volume assessments

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