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New World Bank-Supported Project to Help Improve Forest Management in the Kyrgyz Republic

24 November 2015, World Bank news - Today the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved  a total financing of US$ 16.11 million for the Kyrgyz Republic Integrated Forest Ecosystem Management Project (IFEMP). US$6.6 million of this financing is a concessional credit, while US$5.4 million is a grant. The Global Environment Facility will support implementation of the IFEMP project with the grant worth US$4.11 million.The main objective of this five-year project is to strengthen the capacity of government and communities to improve sustainable forest ecosystem management in the country through investments in management planning, ecosystem restoration, and infrastructure.

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REDD+ Academy Launches E-Course and Learning Journals

25 November 2015, IISD news - The UN-REDD Programme has announced the launch of the first  online version of its Academy courses and accompanying Learning Journals on  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing  Countries (REDD+).

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The forestry sector of Vietnam aims to boost productivity

4 November 2015, Vietnamnews news - The forestry sector has taken measures to restructure the industry by improving productivity and enhancing the value of forest-plantation areas.Nguyen Ba Ngai, deputy director of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry, said the forestry sector's production value had an annual growth rate of 6.57 per cent in recent years compared to 5.03 per cent per year in the 2010-12 period.

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CIFOR Paper Discusses Silvicultural Options for Tropical Forests

17 November 2015, IISD news - A paper published by the Center for International Forestry  Research (CIFOR), titled 'Futures of Tropical Production Forests,' concludes  that there is a critical need for interdisciplinary research at appropriate  scales to inform decisions about forests.

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CDM Executive Board Reports to COP 21

12 November 2015, IISD news - The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual report of  the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the 11th  session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties  to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), covering the period from 1 October 2014 to 16  October 2015. The report highlights that the CDM is challenged by continuing low  demand for certified emissions reductions (CERs) and resulting difficulties in  continuing implementation or operation of CDM projects.

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Norway Supports Indonesia to Improve Forestry Governance

3 November 2015, TEMPO news- Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia Stig Traavik said that the Kingdom of Norway has fully supported Indonesia's forest management and efforts to prevent climate change since 2007.

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Clearing the smoke: The causes and consequences of Indonesia’s fires

30 October 2015, CIFOR news - In September 2015, large fires flared up in the forest, degraded lands and peatlands of Central Kalimantan, South Sumatra, and other parts of Indonesia. Fires continue to be lit.

As of late October, more than 115,000 fires are active across much of the archipelago, but concentrated in the provinces of Riau and Jambi on the island of Sumatra, as well as Central and West Kalimantan on Borneo.

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Peru designates Sierra del Divisor as national park

8 November 2015, Peru Reports news - Peru's government has officially designated as a national park the Sierra del Divisor area of the Amazon jungle in Peru's Ucayali and Loreto states.

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Reforestation contributed more than $5 billion to Brazil’s economy

6 November 2015, Mongabay news - Brazil's Statistics Bureau, known as IBGE, says that reforestation and sustainable forest management provided the country with R$20.8 billion (about $5.5 billion) in revenue last year, according to The Rio Times.

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Corruption feeds and sustains ‘spiralling’ wildlife and forest crime

3 November 2015, UN News Center news – Expressing concern that spiralling wildlife and forest crime – fuelled by corrosive corruption – can impede vital progress of the new global sustainable development agenda, the top United Nations anti-crime official and the head of the global UN–backed treaty on protecting endangered species today urged nations to step up the fight to disrupt criminal networks that supply the disastrous illegal trade.

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