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UN Environment Programme Statement on Southeast Asian Fires

6 November 2015, UNEP news - UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing fires on the islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Papua:

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APEC Forest Ministers Stress SFM for Long-Term Sustainable Development

28 October 2015, IISD - At their meeting held from 27-29 October 2015, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the Eda Statement, which highlights the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) in achieving long-term sustainable socioeconomic development in the region.

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Silva2015 Calls for Development of Forest-Related Indicators on SDGs

6 November 2015, IISD news - Silva2015, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), addressed the theme 'The Value of Forests.' The session gathered representatives from 39 countries from Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and North America, who pledged to continue their efforts to build climate change into national forest programmes, and asked UNECE and FAO to develop global forest-related indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on existing indicators.

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UN adopts new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for people and planet by 2030

25 September 2015, UN News Center news – The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly today formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global Goals, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world."

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World’s protected forests lost 3 percent of their tree cover in 13 years

27 October 2015, Mongabay news - Forests around the world are whittled away as trees are felled for lumber, land is cleared for agriculture, and fires ravage landscapes. Protected areas are established as a way to prevent ecosystem damage, but a new study released recently finds that this may not be working very well in many areas. It states that the world's protected areas lost 3 percent of their forest cover in just over a decade. And in some places, more forest was lost from within protected areas than outside of them.

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Three Amazon nations, three approaches to reducing deforestation

22 October 2015, Mongabay news - The Amazon rainforest spreads across nine of South America's twelve countries. Those with the largest portions — Brazil, Colombia and Peru — each approach tropical forest conservation in a different way.

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Partnerships are key to The Wildlife Conservation Society’s new conservation strategy

21 October 2015, Mongabay news - The Wildlife Conservation Society has a long, proven track record of environmental stewardship. So when the New York City-based group recently announced an ambitious new global conservation strategy, Mongabay got in touch with WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper to get more details.

WCS has identified 15 of the world's largest wilderness regions and laid out a strategy for how to protect them from climate change and other human-induced environmental pressures — and in the process, save half of the world's biodiversity.

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1.4 million Brazilians co-sign zero deforestation bill

13 October 2015, Mongabay news - For the past three years, Greenpeace Brazil has been collecting signatures in support of a bill that would establish zero deforestation as the law of the land.

Last Wednesday, accompanied by a crew of religious leaders, celebrities, senators and other supporters of a ban on the felling of Brazil's forests, the activist group formallypresented the draft legislation to the Brazilian Congress — signed by 1.4 million Brazilians.

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Government of Laos prohibits log exports

18 September 2015, Vientianetimes news - The government has prohibited the export of logs and instructed that timbers must be processed in Laos before exporting to foreign countries.

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Scientists reveal there are 3tn trees in the world

2 September 2015, Theguardian news - Scientists have already calculated how many fish there are in the sea (230,000 species), and how many species there are on the planet overall (8.7m). Now they have had a crack at counting all of the world's trees.

Using a combination of satellite and ground measurements, researchers estimated that there are just over 3tn trees on the planet, over seven times as many as the current, non peer-reviewed reckoning that relied on satellite images alone.

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