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Embracing Complexity in International Forest Governance: A Way Forward

This Policy Brief is based on the report “Embracing Complexity: Meeting the Challenges of International Forest Governance” – a Global Assessment Report published as IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Series Volume 28, to be formally presented as part of the launch of International Year of Forests at the 9th Session of United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) taking place January 31, 2011, at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

This Policy Brief was compiled by the editors of the assessment report with the help of an advisory team. It summarizes the findings . . . → Read More: Embracing Complexity in International Forest Governance: A Way Forward

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Global Pacts Like REDD Ignore Primary Causes of Destruction of Forests

New York – A new study issued today by some of the world’s top experts on forest governance finds fault with a spate of international accords, and helps explain their failure to stop rampant destruction of the world’s most vulnerable forests. The report suggests that global efforts have too often ignored local needs, while failing to address the most fundamental challenge to global forest management – that deforestation usually is caused by economic pressures imposed from outside the forests.

“Our findings suggest that disregarding the impact on forests of sectors such as agriculture and energy will . . . → Read More: Global Pacts Like REDD Ignore Primary Causes of Destruction of Forests

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Biodiversity Year Ends on High Note as UNGA Backs Resolution Brings to Life 'IPBES'

New York / Nairobi – The adoption, by the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) plenary, was the last approval needed for setting up an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Governments gave a green light to its establishment in June at a meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), but this required a resolution to be passed at the UNGA, which happened on December 20.

The new international body underlines a further success of the UN’sInternational Year of Biodiversity and should provide a boost to the International Year . . . → Read More: Biodiversity Year Ends on High Note as UNGA Backs Resolution Brings to Life 'IPBES'

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Russian Forest Fires Pose Major Threat to Bats

The areas worst affected by the catastrophic wildfires are concentrated in western Russia, one of the most important breeding and foraging areas for the country’s bat species. Certain species of bats roost over summer in tree hollows and will experience a dramatic loss of habitat long after the wildfires have been contained.

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