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State of the World’s Forests 2014 presented at COFO

23 June 2015, IISD news - The publication, 'State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socio-economic benefits from forests,' (SOFO), was presented at the opening of the 22nd Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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CBFP Partners Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sustainable Management of Forests

20 June 2015, IISD news - The 15th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened from 15-19 June 2015, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the theme 'Ecosystems of the Congo Basin: Valuing Natural Capital, Green Growth and Regional Development.' The meeting included a ministerial conference on wildlife conservation in Africa and an extraordinary session on future commitments by CBFP partners. The European Union will assume the role of CBFP Facilitator after a transition period in early 2016.

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Climate negotiators make key breakthrough on forest protection deal ahead of Paris talks

16 June 2015, Mongabay news - Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have produced a draft  agreement on the technical provisions of a plan to reduce emissions from  deforestation and forest degradation. Known as REDD+, the forest conservation  plan is now far more likely to be included in a climate deal to be negotiated in  Paris this December, thanks to the breakthroughs made in Bonn.

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Order bans exploitation of rare protective forest species

9 June 2015, Vietnamnews news - The Prime Minister has banned the exploitation of precious, rare and endangered fauna and flora and those species that are protected by law in natural, protective forests.

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How many tree species are found in the world's rainforests?

1 June 2015, Mongabay news - The world's tropical rainforests are likely home to 40,000 to 53,000 tree  species, argues a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National  Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Analyzing abundance data spanning 657,000  individual tress across 11,371 species, Ferry Slik of Universiti Brunei  Darusallam and 140 other researchers developed estimates for each of the world's  three major tropical regions: the Indo-Pacific, the Americas, and continental  Africa. They conclude that Asia and the Americas are the most speciose when it  comes to trees.

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First-of-its-kind mapping technique sheds new light on tropical forests

29 May 2015, Mongabay news - Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts have developed  vegetation height maps for the entire tropics at very fine spatial scales. These  first-of its-kind high resolution maps can help researchers estimate forest  cover, monitor biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and manage and monitor  timber, according to a recent press  release by WHRC.

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Director-generals inaugurated as merger of Indonesian Environment, Forestry Ministries continues

2 June 2015, Mongabay news - Indonesia's newly merged Environment and Forestry Ministry completed a major  step in its restructuring last week with the inauguration of 13  director-generals, with important implications for President Joko "Jokowi"  Widodo's agendas on climate change, land reform and more.

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New genetic analysis aims to guide restoration of overharvested Myanmar teak forests

15 May 2015, Mongabay news - Teak (Tectona grandis) is one of the most valued tropical hardwoods for its beauty, durability, and versatility. Teak trees naturally occur in the Indo-Pacific region, where a long history of exploitation, along with deforestation, has led to declines in the species. A recent study published in mongabay.com's open-access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, analyzes the genetic makeup of teak in Myanmar, its largest stronghold, and uses the results to offer advice about how Myanmar teak should be conserved.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF

15 May 2015, IISD news - The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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National forest funds can help tackle climate change

8 May 2015, New York - National forest funds - publicly-managed financing mechanisms intended to support sustainable forest management - hold vast potential to catalyze greater investment in forestry, including investment aimed at addressing climate change. However, their role still remains largely unrecognized, according to a new FAO policy paper.

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