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Seeking an extraordinary forest hero - nominations open for the 2014 Wangari Maathai Award 5 June 2014 The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual USD20,000 for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them. The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2014, the CPF will award another individual for their outstanding achievements for forests. Nominations close Friday 18 July 2014 (new deadline). [more]
Seeking an extraordinary forest hero - nominations open for the 2014 Wangari Maathai Award 14 April 2014 The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual USD20,000 for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them. The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2014, the CPF will award another individual for their outstanding achievements for forests. Nominations close 30 May 2014. [more]
Trees outside forests produce socio-economic benefits for millions of rural people 12 February 2014 New Delhi: Assistant Director-General of FAO and Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, talked of the importance of agroforestry to overcoming poverty, climate change and increasing food security at the World Congress on Agroforestry today. “Agroforestry is the single land use that can combine food production with environmental services provided by tree cover in dense populated countries. In a people-centred approach, agroforestry in its 1000 modalities is much more successful in combining diversified food production, fuel for cooking (and heating), building materials, environmental services and resilience both of income, fodder for cattle and disasters including climate change”, he said. [more]
Integrating forests in the sustainable development goals 7 February 2014 The Collaborative Partnership on Forests and the Government of Finland held a well-attended side event on integrating forests in the sustainable development goals (SDGs), on the fringes of the 8th Open Working Group meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. CPF Chairperson Eduardo Rojas-Briales and H.E. Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN, opened the session explaining the interconnectedness and importance of forests to other issues being discussed in the SDGs – namely oceans, biodiversity and mountains. Participants noted the complexity of integrating forest issues in the SDGs, but noted that with coherent and incentivized goals, forests targets could be included in future SDGs. CPF members will soon issue a document with proposed forest targets, indicators and other background material. [more]
Inaugural Global Landscapes Forum a resounding success 22 November 2013 With attendance of more than 1,000 on the first day and 1,200 on the second, representing 122 countries, the inaugural Global Landscapes Forum took place on 16-17 Nov in Warsaw, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP19. Read the special GLF wrap-up media release now [more]
World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 registrations and call for abstracts now open 17 July 2013 The World Agroforestry Centre and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, together with the Indian Society of Agroforestry and Global Initiatives, will hold the Congress in Delhi, India 10-14 February 2014.The Congress, entitled ‘Trees for Life: Accelerating the Impacts of Agroforestry’ , will draw over 1200 selected participants from the private, research and development sectors to share the current state of knowledge and accelerate the positive financial, environmental and social impacts of agroforestry. [more]
UN honours forest activists, filmmakers and photographers who inspire action 12 April 2013 A political activist working to safeguard the Amazon rainforest and a businessman considered the 'grandfather' of the Turkish environmental movement are among the winners of United Nations awards honouring individuals who have done extraordinary work to spotlight the special relationship between forests and people. In addition to five “Forest Heroes” from Brazil, Rwanda, Thailand, Turkey and the United States, the UN Forests for People Awards also recognized filmmakers and photographers for their creative efforts to raise awareness about forests and their contributions to people's lives. [more]
Achievements of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests presented at UNFF10 10 April 2013 Istanbul, Turkey : CPF Chair and FAO Forestry Assistant Director-General Eduardo Rojas-Briales presented the achievements and activities of the CPF this morning at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests. [more]
21 March 2013 In a message for the new International Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “By proclaiming the International Day of Forests, the United Nations has created a new platform to raise awareness about the importance of all types of forest ecosystems to sustainable development.” “On this first International Day of Forests,” he continued, “I urge Governments, businesses and all sectors of society to commit to reducing deforestation, preventing forest degradation, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable livelihoods for all forest-dependent peoples.” [more]
20 March 2013 In 2011, during the International Year of Forests, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) – a partnership of 14 international organizations and secretariats – issued a series of press releases on 14 forest themes, from biodiversity, to women and gender, to the fight against hunger, providing a 360-degree perspective of the world’s forests. The CPF is sharing this compilation of those themes on the occasion of the first International Day of Forests in 2013 as a demonstration of the CPF’s fruitful collaboration and its continuing efforts to raise the profile of forests. [more]
United Nations Awards: Forests for People 11 February 2013 The United Nations Forum on Forests are calling for nominations for Forest Heroes and entries for short films and photos to share inspirational forest stories. Winners will be invited to Istanbul to receive their award at the 10th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests to be held in April. [more]
Sustainable forestry: evaluating the health of the world's most renewable resource 28 January 2013 Global – the international briefing interviews Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat and Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of FAO Forestry. They identify some of the critical governance issues that arise in the promotion of sustainable development in the world's forests and point to some successes in forest management. [more]
14 January 2013 January_2013: The Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) has announced a film competition focused on forests. The competition, organized in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, invites the submission of short films of up to five minutes on the theme “Forests for People.” The films should demonstrate how forests are important to or inspire the filmmaker. [more]
Forest Day 6: Living landscapes, solutions for a sustainable world 23 November 2012 Only a few seats remain for the sixth and final Forest Day, held annually during the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. If you are not going to Doha, you will be able to watch a live video stream of Forest Day on December 2 at www.ForestDay.org/live at 0900 Doha time (1300 Jakarta time) (0700 CET) (0600 GMT) (0100 EST). [more]
Scaling up sustainability: time for forestry to come out of the forest 29 October 2012 Linking forestry to food security, human development and the economy can help create solutions to pressing global issues, argues Peter Holmgren, CIFOR Director-General. [more]
Activist from Nepal wins Wangari Maathai Award 2012 27 September 2012 Narayan Kaji Shrestha has won the first-ever Collaborative Partnership on Forests Wangari Maathai Award for his outstanding contribution to forests. The award was established this year to honour the life and work of the late Kenyan environmentalist Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. [more]
Rio+20 High-Level Side Event: The Landscape: transformative action through cross-sectoral coordination 15 June 2012 Rio de Janeiro, 19 June: Sponsored by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, this high-level event on 19 June provides an opportunity to discuss the importance of integrated sustainable land management or a ‘landscape’ approach to improve cross-sectoral actions that contribute to economic development. The event will provide heads of CPF member organizations and principals as well as forestry ministers the opportunity to discuss examples and concrete benefits from using a landscape approach. [more]
CPF releases sustainable forest management fact sheets 4 June 2012 As the world celebrates World Environment Day and prepares to gather in Rio for the Rio+20 Conference, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a voluntary arrangement consisting of 14 international organizations, institutions and secretariats, releases eight fact sheets underlining the important role of forests and sustainable forest management (SFM) for human well-being, sustainable development and a green economy. [more]
Forests: the heart of a green economy 1 June 2012 FAO and other international organizations will join forces with the private sector to make the forest sector more visible at Rio+20 by holding a forward-looking side event on 18 June. The role of forests and forest industries in building the green economy and fostering rural development at the resource base – the two key themes of Rio+20 – will be highlighted. [more]
Forests: 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 9 May 2012 Rio de Janeiro, 19 June 2012: Organized by CIFOR , Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20 will gather global experts and policy makers to discuss new research findings – and remaining knowledge gaps -- and their policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to four key challenges toward a green economy: Energy, food and income, water, and climate. [more]

 

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