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Papua New Guinea has the third largest tropical forest in the world and is at the forefront of working towards fostering conservation and sustainable management of its forest.

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The first group of the Zoom Call Training on SIS Database Reporting System

 

UNDP is working closely with government partner, the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) to look at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, also known as REDD+. Deforestation increases greenhouse gas emissions thus contributing to climate change. How do we promote conservation and sustainable management of forests? Can the introduction of incentives help promote this cause?

Despite the current global COVID-19 pandemic, CCDA with support of the UNDP’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’s REDD+ Project, held an online certification course on “REDD+ Safeguards Database Reporting System. 

Over 30 representatives from the government, civil society and private sector organisations benefited from this training and strengthened their knowledge on how to use the digital platform to protect the social and environmental safeguards. 

Mrs. Gwen Sissiou, CCDA General Manager for REDD+ and Mitigation said, “Drawing on information from the safeguards information system (SIS) can strengthen the quality, reliability and credibility of the summaries, particularly when it comes to demonstrating improvements in reducing carbon emissions from deforestation in PNG.”

Mr. Mirzohaydar Isoev, UNDP’s Chief Technical Advisor on REDD+ said, “The online training is an example of how digitalisation can be introduced to add value to national efforts to protect natural assets.”

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes. Since then, the country has established a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to promote sustainable forest management practices and to take informed policy decisions on reducing forest loss. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” will highlight the country’s experience in establishing NFMS, and explore the various ways it has been upscaled and widely used, as a basis for satellite land monitoring systems, in other countries in the region and globally. OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION Give a general overview of the ongoing work being done in the African region on forest monitoring and climate action; Present the “Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency – Forest” (CBIT-Forest) project and its support to the Paris Agreement goals; and Present the work being done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in relation to transparency in the forest sector. HOW TO JOIN The webinar will take place on Wednesday 23 September 2020 | 14:30 - 16:00 (CEST) It is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform. To join the webinar session on Zoom, kindly register here: https://bit.ly/2RxLBw5

Join our webinar “Exchange of Community Forest Management Experiences in Latin America”

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Date: 13 October

Time: 10 AM Panama time; 11 am New York time; 5:00 PM Rome time; 10 PM Bangkok time

Link: https://fao.zoom.us/j/98867103022?from=msft (password: 377368)

Language: Spanish


Forests are home to 80% of the world's terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Today, however, this biodiversity is seriously threatened and millions of hectares of forests are lost every year. Community forest management (CFM) is one of the most promising solutions to finding a compromise between the preservation of nature and economic development. Currently, CFM is a strategic alternative that must be promoted and upscaled in order to conserve, sustainably manage and use natural resources, as well as to improve livelihoods of rural communities that depend on or live near forest ecosystems.

Within the framework of the UN-REDD Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is inviting everyone who is interested in CFM and wants to explore the topic further to participate in the webinar “Exchange of Community Forest Management Experiences in Latin America”. The session will showcase lessons learned in CFM in four Latin American countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

At the end of the webinar, FAO will launch the Spanish version of the E-learning course on "Open and Transparent: Forest data setting the course for green future under the Paris Agreement".

For more information, please go to: http://bit.ly/LAC_CFM

 

Únase a nuestro seminario web “Intercambio de Experiencias de Gestión Forestal Comunitaria en América Latina”

Fecha: 13 de octubre

Hora: 10 AM hora de Panamá; 11 AM hora de Nueva York; 5 PM hora de Roma; 10 PM hora de Bangkok

URL de la reunión: https://fao.zoom.us/j/98867103022?from=msft (Código de acceso: 377368)

Idioma: Español

Los bosques albergan el 80% de las especies terrestres de animales, plantas e insectos. Sin embargo, esta biodiversidad está seriamente amenazada y cada año se pierden millones de hectáreas de bosques. El manejo forestal comunitario (MFC) es una de las soluciones más prometedoras para encontrar un compromiso entre la preservación de la naturaleza y el desarrollo económico. Actualmente, el MFC es una alternativa estratégica que debe promoverse y mejorarse para conservar, gestionar y utilizar de manera sostenible los recursos naturales, así como para mejorar los medios de vida de las comunidades rurales que dependen o viven cerca de los ecosistemas forestales. 

La FAO, en el marco del programa ONU-REDD, está invitando a todos los interesados ​​en el MFC y deseen explorar más el tema, a participar en el seminario web " Intercambio de Experiencias de Gestión Forestal Comunitaria en América Latina ". La sesión se centrará en las lecciones aprendidas en cuatro Países de América Latina: Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá y Perú, por la sostenibilidad de estos procesos. 

Al final del seminario web, la FAO lanzará la versión en español del curso de aprendizaje electrónico sobre "Bosques y transparencia en virtud del Acuerdo de París". El objetivo de este curso es aprender sobre el Marco de Transparencia Reforzado (MTR) en virtud del Acuerdo de París. Será útil para quienes anhelen comprender la importancia que tiene la recopilación, el análisis y la difusión de datos relacionados con los bosques para cumplir con los requisitos del Marco de Transparencia Reforzado. 

Para obtener más información, visite: http://bit.ly/LAC_CFM

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The XV World Forestry Congress Secretariat invites you to submit abstracts for papers, posters and videos as well as proposals for side events. 

The submissions should address the Congress theme Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests. The deadline for submissions of abstracts for papers and posters and side event proposals is 5 October 2020, and the deadline to submit videos is 18 November 2020.  The Congress will be held from 24-28 May 2021 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Registration for the Congress is now open. Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount!

For more information about the Congress, visit https://wfc2021korea.org/index.html

Coffee production in the Central Highlands faces a multitude of challenges; decades of intensive cultivation and expansion onto marginal land has degraded the soil quality and left smallholders less resilient to both climate change and vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of coffee. As a result, many smallholders are in a negative spiral of declining yields leading to the increasing application of inputs to compensate, which is further reducing their already limited margins.

This new analysis presents the business case for sustainable Robusta coffee cultivation in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. In recent years, inter- cropping models involving coffee interspersed with shade or fruit trees have demonstrated their potential to generate multiple benefits to smallholders and the environment. This analysis focuses on the economic benefits of transitioning from an intensive coffee cultivation model to three different intercropping models: avocado, durian and cassia siamea and pepper, and makes recommendations concerning the transition pathway that will be most accessible to smallholders.

Even in poor market conditions, the analysis finds that diversifying a smallholding through the addition of another productive crop will generate economic benefits for the producer. Furthermore, the revenue generated through the addition of a crop can help to reduce the impact of periods of low coffee price on a smallholder’s livelihood. However, while this will provide a degree of economic resilience to a smallholder, if the coffee price remains consistently subdued, it cannot be said that the smallholder will or should not make the economically rational decision to replace their coffee plantation with what they perceive to be a more lucrative or less volatile crop.

In addition to economic benefits, diversifying a smallholding can bring potential environmental benefits: leading to increased biodiversity and improved soil structure, that may further contribute to the economic profitability of the model by reducing the requirement for irrigation or agricultural inputs and increasing resilience to climate driven drought or flooding.

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We would like to invite REDD+ practitioners to the FAO/Agreenium/UNESCAP technical webinar on open and transparent forest data for setting the course for green future under the Paris Agreement. This webinar is the fifth in a series of technical webinars and participants are welcome to make comments and ask questions as this webinar is designed to be an interactive session.

Objectives of this session:

• Discuss the importance of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement and the contribution of forests
• Introduce the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) to support the Paris Agreement implementation
• Present the CBIT-Forest global project and launch of three brand new E- learning modules of the elearning course “Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement”

Speakers:

This technical webinar will be delivered by Ms Lisa Hanle (UNFCCC), Ms Milena Gonzalez Vasquez (GEF), Mr Pascal Martinez (GEF) and Ms Rocío Cóndor-Golec (FAO). The event will be moderated by Mr Khalil Walji (FAO) and by Ms Cristina Petracchi, Leader of the FAO eLearning Academy.

Date/Time:

Wednesday 15 July 2020 | 14:30 - 16:00 CEST

How to attend:

The webinar is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform.
To join the webinar session on Zoom, kindly register here.
We suggest you to use Google Chrome in order to join the webinar.
We also recommend you to check your time zone here.

Groundwater Monitoring using Observations from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Missions (June 25, 2020)

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Groundwater makes up roughly 30% of global freshwater. It also provides drinking water for the world’s population, and irrigation for close to 1/3rd of global agricultural land. Because of this level of reliance, monitoring groundwater is crucial for water resources and land management. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and GRACE-Follow On (GRACE-FO) missions from NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) provide large-scale terrestrial water storage estimation from mid-2000 to present. The mission uses twin satellites to accurately map variations in the Earth's gravity field and surface mass distribution.

GRACE observations have been used for detecting groundwater depletion and for drought and flood predictions. This lightning-style training is designed to answer the demand and interest from the applications community in technologies that can be used to support water resources management. The webinar will provide an overview of the GRACE missions, groundwater data availability, and their applications in the monitoring and management of water resources. This lightning webinar will also serve as the foundation for the upcoming advanced webinar: Using Earth Observations to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management II.

Course Date and Times: June 25, 2020

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to access GRACE data and analyze regional groundwater changes

Course Format: A single, 1.5-hour webinar that includes a lecture and a question & answer session; One session offered in English (11:00-12:30 ET) and one in Spanish (14:00-15:30 ET)

Audience: The content of this training was developed for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations engaged in the management of water resources, irrigation, and agricultural management.

 

Understanding Phenology with Remote Sensing (June 30, July 7, 14, 2020)

This training will focus on the use of remote sensing to understand phenology: the study of life-cycle events. Phenological patterns and processes can vary greatly across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and can provide insights about ecological processes like invasive species encroachment, drought, wildlife habitat, and wildfire potential. This training will highlight NASA-funded tools to observe and study phenology across a range of scales. Attendees will be exposed to the latest in phenological observatory networks and science, and how these observations relate to ecosystem services, the carbon cycle, biodiversity, and conservation.

Course Dates: June 30, 2020. July 7,14, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

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Learning Objectives: By the end of this training series, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize NASA satellites and sensors that can be used for monitoring global phenology patterns
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of NASA data for phenology
  • Describe the multi-scalar approach to vegetation life cycle analyses
  • Compare and contrast data from multiple phenology networks
  • Evaluate various projects and case-study examples of phenological data

Course Format: Three, one-hour sessions

Audience: This training is designed for individuals and organizations interested in using satellite imagery for mapping vegetation health and seasonal patterns. 

 

Advanced Webinar: Using Earth Observations to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management II (July 21, 28,August 4, 2020)Rivers are a major source of freshwater. They support aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, provide transportation, generate hydropower, and when treated, provide drinking and agricultural water. Estimating and monitoring water budgets within a river basin is required for sustainable management of water resources and flooding within watersheds. This advanced-level webinar series will focus on the use of NASA Earth observations and Earth system-modeled data for estimating water budgets in river basins.Past ARSET trainings on monitoring water budgets for river basins focused on data sources relevant for river basin monitoring and management, and provided case studies for estimating the water budget of a watershed using remote sensing products. This advanced webinar will include lectures and hands-on exercises for participants to estimate water budgets for a given river basin.Course Dates: July 21, 28, and August 4, 2020.Times: 10:00-12:00 & 16:00-18:00 EDT (UTC-4); There will be identical sessions at two different times of the dayRegister HereLearning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and access remote sensing and Earth system-modeled data for estimating water budgets in a river basin
  • Explain the uncertainties involved in estimating water budgets for river basins
  • Replicate the steps for estimating water budgets for a river basin and sub-watersheds using remote sensing products and GIS

Course Format: Three, two-hour parts that include lectures and demonstrations, exercises, and question and answer sessions. Each webinar will be broadcast in English with training materials available in Spanish.

Audience: The content of this training was developed for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations engaged in the management of water resources, river basins, floods, droughts, land development, river transportation, hydroelectric power, and reservoirs.

Join ARSET - NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Programme for a series of open webinars on the utility of satellite radar data in English and Spanish. 

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From Wednesday 22 April 2020 onwards, you are invited to join the Online Dgroups Discussion on: Emissions Reduction Titling and Benefit-Sharing Arrangements

 

 

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Regístrese ahora para el próximo seminario web sobre REDD+ y la biodiversidad con motivo del Día Internacional de los Bosques de 2020, que tendrá lugar el 19 de marzo.

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This week, representatives from government and civil society organisations are meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to discuss what actions and resources are needed to operationalise Myanmar’s Safeguards Information System (SIS).

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This training, offered in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will teach participants about global biodiversity-based uses of remote sensing.

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The recording of the webinar on "Empowering Rural and Indigenous women in forest-related climate actions is now online.
You can view the recording here:  https://youtu.be/Cfj4IHrqvIM 

Thursday 30 January 2020 (16:00 – 17:15 CET)

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The Dgroup on REDD+ and Forest Governance, hosted by FAO and supported by the UN-REDD Programme, is happy to announce its third webinar, the first for 2020. 

During the “Empowering rural and indigenous women in forest-related climate actions” webinar, experts and field practitioners will walk us through national and 

international experiences on gender, forestry, and climate change linkages and challenges.

Through the perspectives of the speakers and the reflections from several gender experts, the webinar aims to provide both a conceptual and practical understanding of key issues related to this crucial topic. You are invited to participate interactively in the webinar, by posting your questions and sharing your own views to enrich the discussion.

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The 1995 PNG Forestry Authority Guidelines for Provincial Forest Plans (PFPs) were revised and validated on 13 December in Port Moresby by the PNG Forestry Authority (PNGFA), key government and NGO representatives, provincial administration forestry officers from the targeted provinces.

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Important !!!! From Friday 20 December 2019 until Monday 6 January, the workspace will undergo technical maintenance and migration of the server. Therefore, the workspace might be unavailable during that period. We ask all users not to make updates or upload documents to the workspace until Monday 6 January. !!!

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The UN-REDD Programme and the GEF Small Grants Programme are grateful for the valuable comments and perspectives shared by the contributors to the E-Consultation held between 22 September and 20 October 2019. Many of the views validated the draft Proposal while adding useful insights into how to improve and elaborate the Proposal going forward. The Proposal will be revised to reflect these important contributions. Continued engagement is welcomed and encouraged as the Proposal moves through its elaboration and design phase into implementation.

 

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The UN-REDD Workspace hosts and Tenure & REDD+ Group to allow knowledge and experience to be shared amongst colleagues. 

Tenure and REDD+ Community of Practice – UN-REDD

 

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A Gender and REDD+ Group has been set up on the UN-REDD Workspace to allow knowledge and experience to be shared amongst colleagues. 

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In order to protect against these potential risks while promoting benefits, seven safeguards are in place that must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed to at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs.

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