Towards greater transparency in the tropical timber markets - ITTO

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.

 

The TTM provides market trends and trade news from around the world, as well as indicative prices for over 400 tropical timber and added-value products.

 

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Bolstering the resilience of poor, climate-vulnerable communities - Green Climate Fund

A new Green Climate Fund (GCF) project to increase the resilience of marginalised communities in flood-prone areas of Bangladesh comes at a critical time. Project activities launched by GCF’s partner, the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), will strengthen the adaptation capacity of those most at risk, particularly female-led households, just as monsoon season threatens.

NEW: Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA) - FAO

SCALA responds to the urgent need for increased action to cope with climate change impacts in the agriculture and land use sectors. The twenty million euro programme will support at least twelve countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build adaptive capacity and to implement low emission priorities.

A two-step approach to integrating gender justice into mitigation policy: examples from India - tandfonline

To conceptualize such a mitigation policy, we propose a two-step approach, combining the works of Schlosberg, Fraser, and Sen. We argue that, to start with, it is important to identify relevant forms of exclusion, and then, in turn, to identify opportunities for ‘parity of participation’ of women in the mitigation policy cycle.

FAO OUT NOW: Interim guidance: sustaining FAO's commitment to Environmental and Social Standards during the COVID-19 pandemic

The recently published Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) Guidance document and complementary Q&As outline the steps and safety measures needed to mitigate potential risks and impacts arising from COVID-19 in all FAO projects and programmes...

Global emergence of infectious diseases: links with wild meat consumption, ecosystem disruption, habitat degradation and biodiversity loss -FAO

This policy brief focuses on the topic of global emergence of infectious diseases and its links with consumption of wild meat, ecosystem disruption, habitat degradation and biodiversity loss.

Members of the CBFP Scientific and Academic College mobilize around the German CBFP Facilitator Dr. Christian Ruck

On May 29, 2020, about thirty participants representing the members of the CBFP's Scientific and Academic College took part in a virtual meeting convened by the College's Leaders CIFOR and IRET. The agenda of the meeting focused on introducing the road map of the current CBFP Facilitation as well as the ongoing participative consultation process.

Cities, Regions and Businesses Race to Zero Emissions - Unfccc.int

UN Climate Change News, 5 June 2020 - To mark World Environment Day, a vast and unlikely alliance of investors, activists, cities and corporates is gathering virtually for the launch of Race to Zero, the global campaign to mobilise leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery which creates well-paying jobs, unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth and prevents future threats.

Gender, climate & security: sustaining inclusive peace on the frontlines of climate change – Un Environment

The report assesses entry points for action across existing global agendas and suggests concrete recommendations for how policymakers, development practitioners and donors can advance three inter-related goals: peace and security, climate action and gender equality.

China Dialogue: The CBFP Facilitation Contributing to the Shanghai Forum Organizing Process - ITTO has just published the General Report of the forum on sustainable, legal timber supply chains - Now available!

ITTO: The report of the International Forum: Together Towards Global Green Supply Chains, held in Shanghai last October, is now online. About 350 actors in the tropical timber sector attended the forum, which ITTO co-organized...

As in the West African Forest Convergence Plan, the Congo Basin inspires the sustainable forest management framework for Africa (2020-2030).

...The vision of the AU Sustainable Forest Management Framework (2020 -2030) aims to foster sustainable management and to address the above mention challenge undermining the value and the role of the forest sector...

Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system - ec.europa

Today, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future...

The College of International NGOs of the CBFP mobilized, in close line with the Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany of the CBFP, Dr. Christian Ruck

The Largest participation of the Members ever of the international NGOs CBFP College and revitalization of the process towards a common position of the Partnership CBFP and way forward, in the framework of this Important ‘year of biodiversity and forests, climate’ with major international conferences...

AWF Full Webinar Report: PROTECTED AREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS CONFERENCE The Impact of COVID-19 on Protected Areas Operations and Programmes Proceedings of the First Conference of Africa’s Heads of Protected Areas

The first ever meeting of Africa’s heads of Protected Areas agencies was held on 22-23 April, 2020 through video conferencing.

Partners of N’Djamena follow-up process and Douala Action Plan gather around Facilitator of Federal Republic of Germany, Honourable Dr Christian Ruck

implementation of the N’Djamena Declaration (January 2019) and the Douala Action Plan (December 2019) on security, the fight against poaching, monitoring of transhumance and armed groups circulating between the Sahel and Equatorial Africa.

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez named new CEO of Global Environment Facility – GEF

Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodriguez has been selected as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, the largest multilateral trust fund supporting environmental action in developing countries and the main financing mechanism for multiple United Nations environmental conventions.

Minister Raymond Mbitikon from the Central African Republic: The New Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany to the CBFP

The new CBFP Co-Facilitator was born in 1951 in Fafara (Bimbo) in the Central African Republic. His studies were crowned with a Diploma in Forestry Engineering and a Certificate in Techniques and Management of Development Projects, just to name a few.

Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects – FAO

4 June 2020, Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed the decision by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council to allocate a substantial $ 176 million to 24 of its projects that tackle the critical intersection between agriculture and environmental concerns.

GEF's response to COVID-19

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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....

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).

Notification to National, Regional and Multilateral Implementing Entities of the Adaptation Fund in relation to COVID-19 outbreak – Adaptation Fund

The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat understands that the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 creates uncertainty and constraints for the normal implementation of projects funded...

China’s forest law reform: a harbinger of change for the Congo Basin? OCCASIONAL PAPER

“For 20 years, we have been urging China to ban the use of illegal wood- it finally happened today”. “New Chinese law bans illegal timber”, “China- Revised forest law includes ban on illegal timber”! It is clear from these headlines that China’s recent forest law reform is a long awaited development for civil society organizations concerned with forest legality issues.

First sessions of the Supervisory and Arbitration Committees: CBSA on the Bi-national Agreement between Cameroon, Chad and the N’Djamena Tripartite Anti-Poaching Agreement between Cameroon, CAR and Chad

A joint meeting of the Tri-national Supervisory and Arbitration Committee (CTSA) on the Tripartite Anti-Poaching Agreement between Cameroon, Central African Republic and Chad, abbreviated in French as “AT-LAB de N’Djamena“...

The Covid-19 outbreak could overshadow and exacerbate a larger food and nutrition crisis, threatening tens of millions of people- The region’s stability could be at stake- CSAO/RPCA

Summary of conclusions- Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) - 2 April 2020 ... Members of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) have called for rapid support for some 17 million people....

The Covid-19 outbreak could obscure and worsen a major food and nutrition crisis. Tens of millions of people are at risk. The region's stability could be at stake.

Outcomes Statement - Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (FCPN) - 2 April 2020 Members of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (FCPN) call for immediate action to help the 17 million people...

TWENTY-SECOND SESSION Forests and Wildlife: Africa’s diversity for shared prosperity and security Skukuza - Mpumalanga, South Africa, 9-13 March 2020

The meeting reviewed the global and regional policy processes, frameworks and programmes, which influence sustainable forest and wildlife governance in Africa and defined key priorities for focus by AFWC.

Statement on the situation of wildlife in the Congo Basin (and in Cameroon in particular) - Resolving Conservation Conflicts in West/Central African Protected Areas

In Cameroon, there has been a significant decline in large mammal populations in savannah and forest habitats. Top predators are disappearing even from national parks.