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Ugandan community leader receives top forestry prize 11 September 2015 Ugandan forestry activist Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi was awarded the 2015 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champions' Award in recognition of her efforts to promote the conservation and sustainable use of her country's forest resources.Given in recognition of outstanding efforts to improve and sustain forests, the award was established in 2012 by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, which is chaired by FAO. Its name honours the memory of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. [more]
Forests a key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 6 September 2015 Durban, South Africa – Forests have an important role to play in the future of sustainable development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here today. The Director-General made his remarks during a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). Leaders of the CPF’s 14 member organizations met to define their vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era, ahead of the XIV World Forestry Congress that starts tomorrow in Durban. [more]
Celebrating 15 years of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests' achievements 5 May 2015 This year, we celebrate 15 years of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests’ (CPF) achievements as governments discuss the future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), negotiate the future sustainable development goals and address climate change challenges. As these global policy ambitions take shape, countries’ and CPF’s commitment to supporting actions towards implementation of sustainable forest management has never been stronger. This publication presents highlights of the CPF’s achievements during the 2013-2014 biennium. The examples provide evidence of how the partnership contributes to the UN’s “Delivering as One” agenda, while at the same time engaging non-UN international partners. The partnership remains committed to its work on maintaining and sustaining the world’s forests. [more]
Seeking forest champions - nominations open for the 2015 Wangari Maathai Award 8 April 2015 The CPF Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The 2015 winner will be awarded USD20,000, and will be invited to receive their award in person on 10 September 2015, at the World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa . [more]
Collaborative Partnership on Forests continues its strong support for the Global Landscapes Forum 7 December 2014 At the closing plenary of the Global Landscapes Forum, a statement from the Chair of the CPF, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, affirms that members of the CPF, collectively and individually, are working at policy level and on the ground in integrated landscape management for climate change adaptation and mitigation, for the achievement of the sustainable development goals and to progress toward a green economy. The statement highlights the many joint relevant initiatives of the Partnership. [more]
Ruiz Corzo wins Wangari Maathai Award 2014 6 October 2014 The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo has won the Collaborative Partnership on Forests Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country. The Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. Ruiz Corzo is recognized for making conservation profitable for rural communities in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, one of the most ecologically diverse areas of Mexico. [more]
Winner of the 2014 Wangari Maathai Award to be announced Monday 6 October 25 September 2014 The Collaborative Partnership on Forests 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. On Monday 6 October 2014, the CPF will award another individual for their outstanding achievements for forests at the IUFRO World Congress. [more]
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]
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 at 0900 Doha time (1300 Jakarta time) (0700 CET) (0600 GMT) (0100 EST). [more]


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