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Forestry 'the second most important industry for Belarus'

27 April 2015, HD FestForest news - Forestry is the second most important industry for the Belarusian economy. This is according to the nation's president Alexander Lukashenko, who has revealed only agriculture plays a more essential role in the country, BelTA reports.

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UNECE, FAO Cooperate to Support Land Governance in Europe

16 April 2015, IISD news - The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and  Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of  understanding (MoU) on land administration and management that aims to balance  space, cost and use in order to address growing competition for land ownership,  reduced availability and declining land quality in the region.

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11th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11)

3 May 2015, IISD news - The 11th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) will be held at UN headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015.

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EU votes to scale back on biofuels linked to deforestation

28 April 2015, Mongabay news - The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly today on a new cap on biofuels derived from edible crops, which critics say not only compete with feeding a growing global population but also contribute to deforestation and release unacceptably high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The new legislation sets the cap on edible food crop biofuels—such as palm oil, corn, rapeseed, and soy—at seven percent. Currently, the EU set a 10 percent target for transport fuels will be so-called "renewable "by 2020.

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UNFF and Partners Discuss SFM and Climate Finance in Southeast Asia

27 April 2015, IISD news - In preparation for upcoming discussions on financing for sustainable forest management (SFM) at the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), the UNFF Facilitative Process and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized a workshop on forest and climate financing in Southeast Asia.

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links

17 March 2015, IISD news - On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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Green Silk Road Fund to Recover 1.3 Million Hectares of Land

9 March 2015, IISD news - On the sidelines of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference, an initiative to plant 1.3 billion trees in ecologically vulnerable regions along the Silk Road over the next 10 years was launched. The Green Ecological Silk Road Investment Fund (or Green Silk Road Fund) was initiated through a public-private partnership in China that also includes as partners the Elion Resources Group, Ping An Bank, China Oceanwide, and the Administrative Committee of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, among others.

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Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas

26 February 2015, Mongabay news - In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas. They found that many of these don't exist in the areas most important for preserving the country's biodiversity and addressing its threats, and suggest alternatives to make the system more effective. 

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Nepal prepares for UN forest carbon trading

12 February 2015, Eco-Business news - Nepal's forests store more than 500 million tonnes of carbon, new government research has revealed. This is equivalent to about two thirds of India's total emissions in 2011.

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EU plan to curb illegal logging: Think big by thinking small?

23 February 2015, CIFOR news - Faced with growing pressure to root out "illegal timber" from international trade, some tropical timber-producing countries have a choice.On one hand, they can adopt and enforce a legality verification system that instantly covers their entire timber supply chain, from large-scale industrial logging for export markets to small-scale artisanal operators serving the domestic market.

On the other: They can start "small" and ramp up enforcement slowly.

The decision could have wide implications for the short-term success and long-term sustainability of the initiative.

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