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Yaguas National Park, another great attempt at conservation in Peru

21 January 2016, Mongabay news - Much is known and has been studied about the rampant deforestation in Madre de Dios due to illegal mining and logging. The destruction of primary forest in Peru's Amazon region has left in its wake degraded soils and mercury contamination, as well as the irreversible loss of ecosystems on which the lives of many indigenous communities and threatened species depend.

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Indonesia appoints conservationist to save country’s declining peatlands

13 January 2016, Mongabay news - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has appointed conservationist Nazir Foead to head up a newly-created peatland restoration agency, which aims to resurrect peatlands devastated by recent fires.

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APP to work with 500 villages to combat deforestation

13 January 2016, Mongabay news - The world's largest pulp and paper supplier, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will establish an up to $10 million program to support the economic development of 500 villages in and around its supply chain in Indonesia. The initiative was announced at the UN climate talks in Paris last month, and is another in a growing list of programs by the forestry giant supporting its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) adopted in 2013.

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Palm oil co suspends forest conversion to comply with Wilmar’s zero deforestation policy

13 January 2016, Mongabay news - A Malaysian palm oil company has suspended forest clearing on a small portion of its holdings to comply with Wilmar's zero deforestation policy, reports The Edge Financial Daily.

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Indonesia to sue another 10 firms over forest fires

7 January 2016, Straits Times news - The Indonesian government plans to take 10 more companies to court over illegal forest fires, strongly believed to have led to the transboundary haze crisis last year.

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California’s ongoing drought threatens nearly 60 million large trees

30 December 2015, Mongabay news - Though increased precipitation thanks to the El Niño event heating up Pacific waters has provided some small relief, California is still in the grip of a four-year drought, the impacts of which are making themselves known in many ways.

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Indonesia defends COP21 emissions reporting from Greenpeace critique

24 December 2015, Mongabay news - The NGO said the Indonesian government had dramatically underestimated deforestation and peatland degradation in the archipelago. It also took issue with the exclusion of emissions from Indonesia's annual wildfires, which this year were particularly devastating because of an extended dry season brought on by El Nino. Greenpeace ultimately argued that Indonesia's too-low emissions figures undermined its prospects for receiving international assistance for peatland protection and REDD+ schemes and needed to be revised.

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COP21: UN spotlights need to protect forests and agriculture

1 December 2015, UN News Center news – The impacts of climate change on forests and agriculture were in the spotlight today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), as new alliances among organizations and stakeholders were announced aiming to eliminate natural deforestation and forest degradation, and to prevent threats to sustainable farming and people’s livelihoods.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event

30 November 2015, IISD news - Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event  on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN  Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter  alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance  of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the  review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor  loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital  accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing  mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation  support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification,  and biodiversity loss.

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UNEP Publishes REDD+ Implementation Manual for National Legal Practitioners

November 2015, IISD news - Developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in  cooperation with UN-REDD, the implementation manual on reducing emissions from  deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting the conservation,  sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks  (REDD+) aims to provide legal practitioners in REDD+ countries, particularly  partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme, with information on assessing  national legal frameworks and associated gaps as well as suggestions on options  to address key REDD+ legal issues.

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