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30/08/2015 - El Puls

UN study warns agricultural subsidies are threatening forests and conservation programs
24/08/2015 -- Mongabay
The policy brief, published by an initiative that brings together the UN's environment, agriculture and development agencies, warns that misguided government subsidies for agriculture and other activities, valued at $200 billion, undermine many efforts to protect forests. Read more.

Zambia: Forest industry can boost development
24/08/2015 Zambia Daily Mail
Zambia has adequate researched data to develop initiatives for coming up with strategies and visions to lead the forest and wood sector to sustainable development.  Read more.

Pakistan forest policy seeks to increase forest cover to 9 per cent
24/08/2015 Eco-business
Pakistan has one of the lowest rates of forest cover in the world, with only 5 per cent of the country under cover. Pakistan is losing 27,000 hectares of forest every year, driven by a growing population and demand for wood, as well land encroachments.  Read more.

En México así como en los países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe estamos avanzando decididamente en nuestros procesos de preparación para una exitosa implementación de la estrategia Reducción de Emisiones Derivadas de la Deforestación y la Degradación forestal.  Read more.

The Shift From Gender-Sensitive to Gender-Responsive Action
10/08/2015 Huff Post Green
From Costa Rica to Cameroon, women are the primary users of many natural resources--playing essential roles in forestry management, sustainable conservation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 
Read more.

Govt reignites REDD+ to
meet 2017 target 
05/08/2015 -- Jakarta PostPost
After being dormant for half year due to the abolishing of the National Emissions Reduction from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+), the government is reigniting Indonesia's REDD+ agenda as it commits to fully implement the agenda by 2017. 

Civil Society Consultation on Climate Plan
02/08/2015 -- Assam Times
SAPCC should adopt Free, Prior Informed Consent of the people of Assam before taking up climate adaptation measures like REDD+, water, land, agriculture.  Read more.


World Expo Milano 2015
1 May-31 October 2015 -- Milan

Regional South-South Learning Exchange Africa - Annual Regional Coordinators Workshop
28 Sept -  2 Oct --  Naivasha, Kenya
Invitation only

15th Policy Board Meeting of the UN-REDD Programme
7-10 November -- San Jose, Costa Rica

Global Landscape Forum
5-6 December 2015 -- Paris
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UNFCCC COP21 Climate Summit

"La Herramienta de aprendizaje en Acciones Nacionales Apropiadas de Mitigación (NAMAs por su sigla en inglés) en el sector de agricultura, silvicultura y otros usos de la tierra (AFOLU)" en español se lanzó en el Foro Latinoamericano del Carbono que celebró la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) en Santiago, Chile.  

Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change - Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guide-lines for Agriculture and Land Use
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), FAO and IFAD published a report on Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change - Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use.   Download >

The research study was commissioned as part of a framework study exploring key issues facing Indonesia's REDD+ Programme as it moves towards its implementation phase. Of particular focus was the matter of progressing REDD+ policy into practice. The research study drafts went through an extensive peer review process involving subject experts from within and outside of government. 

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to launch of the  Resource Guide for Advanced Learning on REDD+ , produced by UN CC:Learn . The guide includes resources from key REDD+ technical information sources including the UN-REDD Programme and its collaborating UN agencies (FAO, UNDP and UNEP), and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. 

The study reviews the early stages of the development of the Fund for REDD+ in Indonesia (FREDDI) and, to the extent to which FREDDI developed before the duties and functions of BP REDD+ were incorporated within the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, considers its ability to achieve its mandated objectives with regards to fund management and mobilization. Download >

Applications now being accepted by UNDP until 5 October. More >

International Knowledge Management Specialist on Integrated Analyses for a REDD+ Strategy in Nigeria
Applications now being accepted by UNDP until 12 October.  More >

Applications now being accepted by UNDP until 12 October.  More >

Applications now being accepted by UNDP until 12 October.    More >

Applications now being accepted by UNDP until 12 October.  More >

Participación Indígena en los Procesos REDD+
Lola Cabnal, Maya Q'eqchi', Observadora Pueblos Indígenas ONU-REDD+ para la región de América Latina, ofrece su perspectiva sobre la participación indígena en los procesos REDD+.  Read.
Why mitigating climate change is Kenya's best bet
Emilio Mugo, Director of the Kenya Forest Service shares his perspectives on the opportunity for REDD+ to support the Service's goal to achieve 10 per cent forest cover by 2030.  Read.
Myanmar: challenges and opportunities for indigenous peoples and civil society engagement in the national REDD+ process
Teng Rithiny of the NGO Forum on Cambodia and UN-REDD Programme Policy Board CSO observer shares his experiences visiting with CSO/IP and government representatives in Myanmar.  Read.
Forests for climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development

Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat, reflects on linking REDD+ with sustainable development and the role of the UN-REDD Programme to realize this vision. Read.

Helping financiers make the case for forests
Ivo Mulder , REDD+ Economics Advisor (UNEP) highlights the value of financial sector in realizing REDD+, and introduces a  new report that can help financiers to develop risk policies for loans and investments to reduce the probability that debt or equity will contribute to deforestation.   Read.

Sixty-four Partner Countries for UN-REDD Programme 

The UN-REDD Programme is pleased to announce that Jamaica, India and Samoa have become official Partner Countries of the UN-REDD Programme, bringing the total to 64.  View full list. 
15th UN-REDD Programme Policy Board set for  7-10 November in Costa Rica

Initial documentation related to the 15th Policy Board Meeting of the UN-REDD Programme is now available, with additional information to be available soon. Access documents. 

African nations and donors agree plan to protect Congo forests with launch of Central African Forest Initiative
Six African nations have agreed with donors on a plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo basin, the second biggest in the world after the Amazon's, to help ease poverty and combat climate change -- with the support of  UNDP, the World Bank and FAO. 
Inicia el Programa Nacional ONU-REDD en Honduras / Honduras UN-REDD National Programme launched

Cambodia has identified five REDD+ demonstration sites that will be used to integrate lessons from earlier activities, mainstream REDD+ governance at the sub-national level, and contribute to early action on Cambodia's REDD+ strategic goals. 
A need for a consistency in REDD+ messages -- lessons learned from implementing Site-level REDD+ Action Plans in Viet Nam
A review of experiences implementing site-level REDD+ action plans (SiRAPs) in Viet Nam has shown that REDD+ activities may communicate varying messages about the REDD+ process to local stakeholders, which can cause misunderstandings. Consistent REDD+ messages are necessary to avoid setting false expectations for REDD+.
More than thirty representatives from national institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector gathered in early July to discuss and identify potential policies and measures to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and barriers to sustainable use and enhancement of forest in Sri Lanka.  Learn more.
The world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent, FAO reports in its 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment. Some 129 million hectares of forest -- equivalent  to an area the size of South Africa - have been lost since 1990, according to the report.
UN-REDD Programme kicks-off assistance to a pilot region in Ethiopia for REDD+ design and implemention
The government of Ethiopia and the UN-REDD Programme have joined forces to support the region of Benishangul Gumuz to benefit from REDD+. On 2 September 2015, the regional authorities in the region's capital, Asosa, hosted a REDD+ inception workshop with the aim of building capacities and getting ready for REDD+.  Learn more.
High Level National political dialogue on REDD+ Strategy in Republic of Congo
The Congolese high level dialogue on the REDD+ national strategy was held 06th August 2015 in Brazzaville. The meeting was led by the Minister of the Forestry and sustainable development with the partnership of UN-REDD Programme.  Learn more.
"Communicating REDD+" online group established to share knowledge and experiences
A new open group has been created on the UN-REDD Programme Online Collaborative Workspace on the topic of "Communicating REDD+" in response to increased requests for knowledge and information on this topic from communications officers of governments, NGOs, CSOs, indigenous peoples representatives and others. 
National REDD+ Academy sessions will be held in five Asia-Pacific countries before the end of 2015 and will include a training-of-trainers model. This will enable the knowledge shared to reach a wide range of stakeholders across the countryin the national language.   Learn more.
Países de Mesoamérica cooperan para monitorear sus bosques  
Diez países de Mesoamérica se reúnen en Bogotá para acordar acciones de cooperación hacia la vigilancia y protección de sus bosques.  Learn more.
Representatives from UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region convened in Lima, Peru, 26-27 August to share and gain knowledge on fiscal and monetary incentives and their complementarity to REDD+ biodiversity conservation efforts.  Learn more.

Representantes de quince países se reúnen para compartir experiencias y adquirir conocimientos hacia la  implementación  de los requisitos de REDD + de la CMNUCC  en México en agosto para compartir sus experiencias y adquirir conocimientos hacia la aplicación de los requisitos de la CMNUCC REDD+.  Learn more.
"La Herramienta de aprendizaje en Acciones Nacionales Apropiadas de Mitigación (NAMAs por su sigla en inglés) en el sector de agricultura, silvicultura y otros usos de la tierra (AFOLU)"  en español se lanzó en el Foro Latinoamericano del Carbono que celebró la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) en Santiago, Chile.  
Webcast: Intercambio de experiencias prácticas hacia la implementación del Marco de Varsovia para REDD+
El Programa ONU-REDD y la Comisión Nacional Forestal de México, CONAFOR, organizan el Intercambio Sur-Sur "Experiencias prácticas hacia la implementación del Marco de Varsovia para REDD+. Oportunidades y desafíos" en Guadalajara, México del 11 al 13 de Agosto de 2015.


Video:  Introducción a REDD+ 
Este video animado busca explicar REDD+ de una manera sencilla e introducir el tema ante nuevas audiencias de un norma entretenida haciendo referencia a los conceptos básicos y la relación entre bosques, cambio climático y los aportes de REDD+.

Video: (English subtitles/Spanish language) Introducción a REDD+ / Introduction to REDD+ 
This animated video explains REDD+ in a simple way, while introducing the relationship between forests, climate change and the contributions of REDD+.


Video: Bosques y cambio climático bajo la mirada de los pueblos originarios de Paraguay 
Las visiones de los pueblos originarios sobre el cambio climático y las posibles medidas para reducir la deforestación y la degradación de los bosques serán claves en la construcción de la Estrategia REDD+ de Paraguay. Sus perspectivas fueron captadas durante el Taller para Comunicadores Indígenas sobre Cambio Climático y Reducción de Emisiones de Carbono, realizado recientemente en Asunción Paraguay por el PNC ONU-REDD y el Instituto Paraguayo del Indígena (INDI). 


Video: Papua New Guinea: First National Forest Inventory and Biodiversity Survey
Papua New Guinea is embarking on its first national forest inventory (NFI) under the arrangements for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)+. The inventory will include not only activities for measuring timber volume and estimating carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions but also, significantly, a protocol for the first survey of the nation's forest biodiversity.


Video: Strengthening Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples' Participation in REDD+ (Asia-Pacific) 
National REDD+ processes are changing the rules of the game for Civil Society (CSO) and Indigenous Peoples' (IP) representatives by creating space for positive engagement with government representatives. Sixteen CSO, IP and government representatives from seven countries participated in the UN-REDD Programme's Asia-Pacific Regional Exchange among CSO and IP representatives and leaders over 7-8 May 2015, in Bangkok to share their experiences and lessons learned on CSO and IP engagement, as well as to highlight areas for improvement.


Video: Protecting our natural resources: forestry data collection in Viet Nam   
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization releases the Global Forest Resources Assessment report - known as FRA - every 5 years, using data collected by member countries on their forests and the impact they have on the environment. FAO has designed a new field method for reliable data collection which is now being tested in forests in Vietnam. The launch of this year's Global Forest Resources Assessment Report - which covers the last 25 years of forest changes - will highlight the need for continued efforts to sustain forest management for the benefit of current and future generations.


Video: Empowering indigenous women to take part in forest governance  
Indigenous women play a huge role in forest governance and policymakers should seek their opinions to participate in forest management. We help empower these women from Thailand to Cambodia so they can gain the skills necessary to be effective leaders in preserving the forest resources and be at the table of policy development and implementation. Watch this clip and hear their stories.

This resource is made possible through the generous support of the governments of Norway, the European Commission, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Spain.

Content provided by UN-REDD Programme staff and country partners. 

All images used courtesy of license holder or through Creative Commons license.

Jamaica forest image courtesy of Chris Favaro, Myanmar photo courtesy of jidanchaomian, Ethiopia photo courtesy of UN Foundation and Talia Frenkel, Republic of Congo photo courtesy of CIFOR.