23 May 2019 - In this issue:

Upcoming webinar: Let's Talk About Collective Tenure Rights for REDD+

New knowledge management products from the Asia-Pacific region:

1) 'Nesting', reconciling REDD+ at multiple scales: an info brief with an 
     Asia-Pacific perspective
2) Animated film on 'nesting'
3) Animated film on 'Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRL)

4) Info brief and web story on Mongolia's boreal forests

5) Q&A on REDD+ Safeguards Work in Mongolia

Let's Talk About Collective Tenure Rights for REDD+

As forests continue to disappear at alarming rates, a possible solution is at hand: the recognition and expansion of collective tenure rights for local communities and indigenous peoples, in a context of overall improved land and forest governance.
Join us on 29 May 2019 (16:00 - 17:30 CEST) to learn concrete experiences from the ground (Peru, Nepal, and Tanzania) and perspectives from international key experts (CIFOR, McGill University, Rights and Resources Initiative, Tenure Facility, World Resources Institute, and FAO). Participate interactively, post your questions and share your own views to enrich the discussion. 

Participation in this webinar is limited. In order to ensure your spot, please register here.
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A sia-Pacific info brief on "Nesting", a KM product based on the 2018 South-South Exchange held in Dehradun, India in Fall 2018. 
Nesting: Reconciling REDD+ at multiple scales from an Asia-Pacific perspective

There are as many drivers of deforestation and forest degradation that lead to forest emissions as there are ways to mitigate them. In a given area, various actors - from local communities to private companies - may all be engaged in actions that reduce emissions, from sustainable agricultural intensification to reforestation and forest restoration plans. At the same time, the national government may implement land-tenure reform. All these actions contribute to reducing emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation. This is why achieving large-scale mitigation in the land sector requires collective action at different levels. 

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Animated film on "Nesting" 

"Nesting" looks at how governments can incentivize local, smaller-scale activities and integrate them with larger national (or subnational) programmes to achieve their NDC and support low-carbon development. 

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Animated film on Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL) 

Developing countries that participate in REDD+ must develop a Forest Reference Level (FREL/FRL). These benchmarks assess a country's REDD+ performance by providing a quantitative way to measure emissions reductions and removals. As of February 2019, 39 countries had submitted 44 FRLs to the UNFCCC. The submitting countries represent 1.5 billion hectares of forest, which is 37% of global forest area. 13 of them are located in Asia and the Pacific. Watch this video to find out more about this important Warsaw Pillar requirement for REDD+.

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Info brief on b oreal forests in a changing climate (Mongolia: A Case Study)
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Mongolia's boreal forests: a web story
Boreal forests stretch across the northern reaches of the globe, from Europe to Russia to North America. They are the world's largest biome, and make up 29% of the world's total forest area, as well as 32% of global land-based carbon stocks. Compared with tropical forests, they store twice as much carbon per hectare, much of it in the soil. The Northern Hemisphere's frozen soils and peatlands hold an estimated 1,700 billion tonnes of carbon - four times more than humans have emitted since the industrial revolution, and twice as much as is currently in the atmosphere.  That means these forests play a key role in mitigating climate change - but at the same time, they are intensely affected by it: boreal forests are warming faster than any other forest biome. 

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Q&A: REDD+ Safeguards Work in Mongolia

Enkhjargal Damia and Charlotte Hicks of the UN-REDD Programme sat down with three members of Mongolia's National Technical Working Group on Safeguards and Safeguard Information System. These three individuals come from diverse sectors - government, NGO and media - but have all played an integral role in the development of Mongolia's safeguards approach. 

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This resource is made possible through the generous support of the European Commission and the  governments of Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.
Content provided by UN-REDD Programme staff and country partners. 
All images used courtesy of license holder or through Creative Commons license.