The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to confront how environmental degradation bringing wildlife and people too close together endangers economies and societies alike. In a document prepared for the 58th GEF Council, the Global Environment Facility Secretariat outlines its planned response to COVID-19. Read it here.
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Countries with abundant natural resources are often plagued with endemic corruption and weak accountability. The governance crisis is not only detrimental for the protection of forests and naturew...
The coronavirus crisis has heightened inequities of food availability and nutrition. A 2021 Food System Summit aims to boost resilience and sustainabilit. The coronavirus crisis is deepening inequalities in accessing healthy food, the UN special envoy for food systems has warned.
Central Africa’s national and regional timber markets are booming. Across the region, rapid population growth, urbanization and economic development are driving an increase in domestic demand for sawn timber, which in many countries is already more important in volume than demand for industrial timber for export.
Planting trees is good. Saving existing forests is better. Protecting people and nature is best - WWF
While uncertainties and disruption associated with COVID-19 abound, many leadership companies are still moving forward with the important process of drafting their 2020-2030 sustainability goals.
REDD+ in Theory and Practice: How Lessons From Local Projects Can Inform Jurisdictional Approaches -CIFOR
Here we first scrutinize how REDD+ was historically conceptualized, the most prominent model being that of a multitier payments for environmental services (PES) scheme of "passing on" carbon mitigation responsibilities and credits across scales, from international buyers to forestland owners.
Tropical rainforests shrank by 6,500 square kilometers in March — an area seven times the size of Berlin. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the pandemic and the unemployed are getting desperate, the WWF said.
"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."
Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.
PEFC International has been assessed by the Dutch Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC) as complying with Dutch sustainability requirements.
Start of the Support Project for the Development of Continuing Training in the Forest-Woods Sector in Central Africa (Appui au Développement de la Formation Continue dans la Filière Forêt-Bois en Afrique Centrale -ADEFAC) - ATIBT
The aim of the project is to contribute to the sustainable management of the forests of the Congo Basin, through the development of a continuous training...
ATIBT -Earth Worm Foundation - CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany
ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.
Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to the key findings of a flagship report that is conducted by the FAO...
Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020
This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020.
A Digital Conference of the Multilateral College of the CBFP: College members mobilized around the Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany of the CBFP
The partners of the CBFP multilateral college discussed the roadmap of the CBFP Facilitation by the Federal Republic of Germany ; the impact of Covid-19 on their interventions in Central Africa ; and the situation of human rights and conservation in Central Africa.
These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities.
The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face.
On the occasion of the World Biodiversity Day, this new PPI video proposes to illustrate this question of biodiversity conservation and the links with local economic development.
In a pandemic such as COVID-19, measures to limit the spread of the virus require physical isolation and various levels of restrictions on people’s movement, and in some cases complete lockdowns. Inevitably, these measures cause transportation delays and bottlenecks...
This brief highlights some of the identified and perceived impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on development aspects interconnected with the forest sector, with a particular emphasis on the impacts on the production and trade of forest products.
The purpose of these guidelines is to highlight these additional measures so that the integrity of the food chain is maintained, and that adequate and safe food supplies are available for consumers.
This policy brief reviews on going challenges and proposes measures to protect production and income of the sector and the most vulnerable, as well as maintain operations and support the supply chain.
The green army: The militarisation of nature conservation and its repercussions in Africa - SIMONE SCHLINDWEIN - Rosa-Luxemburg-Studie
Thanks to international funding, nature protection in various regions across Africa has become increasingly defensive and is further bolstered by military-style tactics. In many countries, ordinary park rangers are being....
A survey by the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS) and the Trade Advisory Group (TAG) in nine tropical countries shows that the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having substantial impacts on the tropical timber sector...
Tropical timber producers are facing a crisis due to measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. Some governments have instituted total lockdowns or restricted movement while others have less stringent approaches.
A new publication by ITTO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive set of conversion factors in forestry.
The ITTO Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, an output of the ITTO Market Information Service (MIS), is published in English every two weeks with the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical timber market.
Uganda, It is all celebrations of births under lock down in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park following the birth of two gorillas in Muyambi and Nshongi gorilla groups.
Mastering the forestry profession has never been a mere walk in the (forest) park, but meeting the needs of sustainable forest development is an increasingly complex task.
UNESCO supports the development of a regional contingency plan for protecting mountain gorillas, conservation personnel, tourists and park adjacent communities from SARS CoV-2
As the emerging SARS CoV-2 virus (causing COVID-19 disease in humans) spread and declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation....
The 5th newsletter of the FSC Congo Basin Community is available for download...To read: CIB-OLAM boost the certified area in the Congo Basin; Congo Basin: Public And Private Forestry Sector’s response to the Covid-19 crisis...
Preparing for a 'virtual' Council and other news from across the GEF partnership | May 2020 GEF Newsletter
In a Thomson Reuters Op-Ed, GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii shared her view that the coronavirus crisis has strengthened the case for rethinking how we tackle global threats
European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis – Fern Briefing Notes
Fern and 15 other NGOs working on climate, environment, human rights and sustainable development issues have released a statement on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
A new guidebook is now available for monitoring the outcomes and impacts of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation.
21 April 2020, Rome -The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a major public health concern but also a threat to global food security, one that can be mitigated by avoiding measures that disrupt food supply chains...
In this interview, we speak with Coumba Sow, FAO Resilience Coordinator for West Africa, about the COVID-19 pandemic and what it could mean for millions of people already grappling with hunger and conflict in West Africa.
28 April 2020, Rome - The forestry industry must take steps to improve its safety record and promote decent rural employment in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda, according to a new FAO paper published today on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
Wildlife Crime - Pangolin scales highlighting how demand for pangolin scales in China drives poaching and trafficking across Africa and Asia - UNODC Report
The UNODC new report chapter shows that between 2007- 2018 the majority 71% of pangolin scales seized around the world have been destined for China, where they are used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).