Announcements and News

Forest governance processes in Lam Dong Province of Viet Nam have got new impetus since the introduction of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA), an innovative tool introduced by the UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II Programme and enthusiastically adopted by the Provincial Authority. PGA opens a platform for local women, men, ethnic minorities and other stakeholders to significantly influence the processes that have an impact on their livelihood.

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An increasing number of businesses worldwide – also in Southeast-Asia – are committing to zero-deforestation policies, promising that their activities shall not lead to the destruction of natural forests. Among the Vietnamese population, there is also a growing interest in companies and products that contribute towards protecting forests and other natural habits.

The forum Meet to Meet the SDGs “Why business should love the forest” has been organized by UNIDO, VCCI and Global Compact Network and the UN-REDD Programme, with support from Norway, on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 in Hanoi and on Thursday, 30th March in Ho Chi Minh City.

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FAO is looking for an international consultant for the GEF project 'Reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions through Community Forests and Sustainable Biomass Energy in Afghanistan'.

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Myanmar is launching work on the development of its national approach to the REDD+ safeguards, with a workshop being held in Nay Pyi Taw this week. 

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The use of spatial data has played an important role in the preparation of Provincial REDD+ Action Plans in Viet Nam: maps were developed for use in participatory workshops, and the results integrated into identifying priority areas for REDD+ implementation.

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A delegation of Nigerian federal and state government officials visited South Korea (the Republic of Korea) from 24 February to 1 March 2017 to explore a strategic partnership on REDD+, sustainable forest management and green growth. 

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Dos publicaciones recientes sobre el Inventario Forestal Nacional de Perú están contribuyendo a clarificar aún más los procesos implicados en el diseño y la ejecución de inventarios forestales nacionales: "Memoria sobre el diseño y ejecución inicial del Inventario Nacional Forestal y de la Fauna Silvestre en el marco del proyecto Inventario Nacional Forestal y Manejo Forestal Sostenible ante el Cambio Climático"  y "Open Foris: Recolección, Análisis y Reporte de Información Forestal".

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En la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador, se dio inicio al taller de capacitación sobre las plataformas Google Earth Engine (GEE), System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing & Analysis for Land Monitoring (SEPAL) para la generación de mapas de bosque no bosque, detección de cambios y deforestación.

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Global Forest Watch (GFW) is thrilled to announce the 2017 call for proposals for our Small Grants Fund. Now in its fourth year, the Small Grants Fund supports non-governmental organizations by providing financial and technical support to optimize their use of GFW tools and data for better forest monitoring and management.

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In 2017 UNEP FI will once again offer its impactful training for the finance sector. This year the following courses are being offered: 

Environmental and Social Risk Analysis
Corporate Eco-efficiency in Financial Institutions
• Climate Change: Risks & Opportunities for the Finance Sector 2.0 – an updated course with new content. The details of this course will be available on the UNEP FI website later this year.

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