Trading Forests: Taking stock of trade and the planet’s woodlands in the International Year of Forests

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5,
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2
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19 July 2011
19 July 2011
Forests provide vital resources to humanity, both directly in the form of timber and non-timber products and indirectly in the form of ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, carbon storage, and soil and watershed management. But pressure on forests has increased dramatically in recent decades,...
19 July 2011
Through its voluntary partnership agreements with timber producing countries, the EU has established a new trade mechanism set to steer countries towards sustainable forestry practices. The comprehensive approach taken to good governance has yielded positive societal and environmental outcomes...
19 July 2011
In the past 20 years, world demand for palm oil increased by over 120 percent. The upcoming decade is expected to see an even steeper growth as global population bulges, leading to unprecedented demand for food and fuel and an upward pressure on commodity prices. The palm oil industry, which...
19 July 2011
Through his unilateral pledges for ground-breaking climate change action, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has positioned Indonesia as one of the global leaders on climate change. If Indonesia succeeds in reducing emissions by 26 percent from expected levels by 2020, 750 million tonnes of carbon...
19 July 2011
BioRes met with Denis Ruysschaert, Director of International Affairs at the PanEco Foundation, to discuss current challenges facing sustainable development in the palm oil sector from an NGO perspective. The PanEco Foundation is involved in improving oil palm practices at the grassroots level in...
19 July 2011
The recent Indonesian decree imposing a 2-year moratorium on new permits to convert natural forests and peatlands was initially thought to have adverse impacts on palm oil development, by limiting the land reserves for expansion. In reality, the decree still provides significant space for the...
19 July 2011
On the road to Rio+20, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and civil society organisations have been conducting extensive research on the appropriate role of forests in the transition to the "green economy...
19 July 2011
This year's celebration of the United Nations' International Year of Forests has cast a spotlight on forests across the world. But while the festivities offer some much needed attention for a sector facing significant adversity, the occasion should be seen as an opportunity to go beyond the fanfare...
19 July 2011
July 2011 10-13 Dubai, UAE. 2011 GLOBAL CARBON MARKETS & GREEN ENERGY CONFERENCE. 11-15 Lombok, Indonesia. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FOREST TENURE, GOVERNANCE AND ENTERPRISE: EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASIA IN A CHANGING CONTEXT. 13-14 Auckland, New Zealand. CARBON FORESTRY 2011. 16-22...
19 July 2011
ICTSD Resources THE CLIMATE TECHNOLOGY MECHANISM: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES . By ICTSD Intellectual Property Programme. (8 April 2011). THE TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE LINKAGES . Brief for UNFCCC negotiators (5 May 2011). SUBMISSION TO UNFCCC ON TECHNOLOGICAL INFORMATION . (5 May 2011). SUBMISSION TO...