Event: 9th China FLUX Training Course, Arbonaut User Days 2014

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 20:47
This course will be convened on the theme, ‘Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Forests Carbon Management - Application of Sustainable Methodologies'. The course will cover LiDAR-based technologies, REDD+ and sustainable forest management (SFM) best practices.
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Un-Paving the Way to Successful Outdoor Education in Urban Settings

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 19:00
Mothers sit and laugh together, shaded by newly planted trees. They look on while their children play and explore in dirt and grass at the new Outdoor Nature Explore Classroom of Warren Village in the heart of Denver, Colorado. A U.S. Forest Service grant of $100,000 and a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation made [...]
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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Processes for Participation

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 18:41
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights stakeholder engagement and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cote d'Ivoire.
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3rd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 18:31
The 3rd call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) under COST Action FP1203: European NWFPs Network is open. We invite STSM candidates to submit their applications until the 26th of September 2014. The STSM proposals on this call should not start before the 25th of October 2014 or end after the 15th of May 2015.… Read More »
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New Student Profile: James Albis

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 18:30
James Albis has roots in the New Haven area. Born at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he grew up and currently lives in East Haven. His family has a long history of community involvement. His mom was a teacher and then served...
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UNDP, Samoa Showcase Biogas Partnership

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 18:11
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) are showcasing their bio-fuel partnership at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which is taking place in Apia, Samoa. The project has turned the Merremia vine - a toxic, invasive weed in Samoa - into electricity to generate biofuel and connect Samoan communities to the national grid.
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UN-REDD Discusses Legal Protection of Indigenous Rights in the DRC

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 17:38
The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a brief summary of 'Legal reforms to support indigenous peoples' rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' The brief presents progress on the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
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CIFOR Report Highlights Importance of NTFP for Remote Communities

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 17:37
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a comparative analysis on the use of non-timber forest products (NTFP) in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. The report summarizes the relationship between resilience and NTFP, the contribution of such products to rural livelihoods, and their importance for food and nutrition security.
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Burgo closes its Avezzano fine paper mill

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 17:13
The Italian group Burgo has completely shut down production at its Avezzano mill in Italy, according to Euwid.
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Assessing Future Life Along the Lumber River

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 16:56
Unique project partners Forest Service researchers with American Indian science and engineering students.
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FSC to carry out field tests in Australia, Romania and Vietnam

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 15:15
FSC will soon carry out field tests for the most recent drafts of the two revised Controlled Wood standards. This is to ensure they can be implemented by organizations efficiently and audited by certification bodies effectively, before they are finalized.
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The ultimate limitation of big data for development

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 14:00
SciDevNet: Big data can only capture the past -- without theory, they cannot predict into a changing future, says Martin Hilbert. Recently, much has been written, talked, and done about the usefulness of big data for development. The UN Economic and Social Council recognises that "big data have the potential to produce more relevant and more timely statistics than traditional sources of official statistics, such as survey and administrative data sources', while the OECD is convinced that "big data now represents...
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Producers expect prices of brown recycled CCM to increase in the UK in September

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 13:15
With a slight delay compared to the continental markets, manufacturers are attempting to introduce...
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Ebola, forests and bushmeat

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 11:19
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Norske Skog restarts newsprint production on PM 2 in Skogn

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 11:14
After a nine-week downtime, Norske Skog's Skogn mill has restarted newsprint production, according to Euwid. on its PM 2 after a nine-week downtime. 30,000 t of paper were taken from the market.
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ABB receives order for electrification of new pulp mill in Indonesia

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 11:14
ABB has received an order for electrification of a new pulp mill to be built in South Sumatra, Indonesia. The order comprises supply of medium and low voltage switchgears, distribution transformers, motors, drives and project services.
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Indonesia: nine government agencies have declared support for the recognition and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights in efforts to reduce deforestation

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 11:01
2 September, 2014


According to a recent press report, the nine main Indonesian government agencies concerned with lands and forests have declared their support for indigenous peoples’ rights. The Declaration was issued jointly on 1st September 2014 by the Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, National Land Agency (BPN), the National Geospatial Information Agency, National Commission on Human Rights, and the national REDD+ Agency.

The announcement was welcomed by the national indigenous peoples’ organisation, AMAN, which noted the  need for legal reforms to secure their rights and efforts by indigenous peoples’ themselves to build their capacity to manage their lands and forests in line with local wisdom.

This official Declaration provides a helpful starting point for the incoming President of Indonesia, who is due to take office in October. It builds on recent rulings in the Constitutional Court which have recognised the unconstitutionality of elements of the forestry law which deny indigenous peoples’ rights and on a promise last year by the outgoing President to recognise indigenous peoples’ rights. Campaigns for legal reforms to recognise indigenous peoples’ rights date back to the 1980s and gained strength after the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998, which allowed for a flourishing of civil society organisations and the setting up of AMAN.

Press Report

Monday September 1st, 2014
Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Nine ministries and institutions officially declared their support for indigenous people’s recognition and protection, in Jakarta, on Monday (1/9).

The National Programme for the Recognition and Protection of Customary Communities through REDD+ (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest and Peat-land Degradation) was launched in the present of Indonesia’s Vice President, Boediono.

The program was supported by Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, National Land Agency, the National Geospatial Information Agency, National Commission on Human Rights, and REDD+ Agency.

“The declaration is an important step in our fight to put indigenous people’s roles and positions into the national system of Republic of Indonesia. There were partial efforts done by ministries and institutions but it is important to coordinate all of those efforts to be more efficient and systematic,” said Boediono in his speech as quoted in the press release.

Boediono, who goes by one name, said that the national program was expected as it has brought all related ministries in the efforts to recognize and protect indigenous people. The aim of the national program is to give legal standing, institutional capacity building, and working framework guidance in the implementation of REDD+ in Indonesia. In addition, the program will also be reviewing regulations related to forest conservation and indigenous people, set up a trust fund for indigenous people, and support regional governments in the efforts to acknowledge indigenous people’s existence.

Abdon Nababan, secretary general of AMAN (Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago), said that the national program is a fresh tipping point for indigenous people in fighting for their rights. “We appreciate the government’s efforts who has been consistent in establishing legal grounds for indigenous people. It [the national program] serves as a reflection for them [indigenous people] to increase their capacity building in natural resources management in accordance to local wisdom,” said Nababan.
Meanwhile, Heru Prasetyo, head of REDD+ agency in Indonesia, said that indigenous people was the main stakeholder of REDD+ implementation in the country. “[The] full participation of indigenous people will support Indonesia’s commitment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, — 26 percent by its own and 41 percent with international help by 2020 –,” said Prasetyo. Furthermore, he said that Indonesia has become an international spotlight through REDD+ implementation which must ensure human rights issues alongside sustainable development.

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4 Fs in Finland

Metla Finland - Tue, 2014-09-02 09:59

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a partner of the Global Landscapes Forum, is participating in a Field Dialogue on Changing Outlooks for Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests (4Fs) in Finland from 2-5 September. The WBCSD has recently visualized the pressure on forests world wide through increasing resources need. A sub-group of the Council brings together major […]

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