UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda

Metla Finland - 2 hours 35 min ago
Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.
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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi

Metla Finland - 2 hours 37 min ago
The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.
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NASA photo shows New Guinea going up in flames

Metla Finland - 3 hours 35 min ago
While fires in Borneo and Sumatra are garnering most of the headlines for the choking air pollution they are causing across Southeast Asia, New Guinea is also experiencing widespread fire outbreaks amid a severe El Nino-driven drought across parts of the island, reveals imagery and satellite data released by NASA.
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UN urges Indonesia to respect the land rights of Aru Islanders threatened by giant sugar plantation

Metla Finland - 3 hours 48 min ago
7 October, 2015

In response to an appeal submitted by the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) and Forest Peoples Programme under its urgent action procedure, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on the Indonesian government to reconsider its plans to allow a private sugar company to take over half of the Aru Islands as a plantation.

The land grab threatens the lands and very survival of the indigenous peoples of the island. The UN body, which oversees State parties’ compliance with their obligations under the treaty (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) notes that under the Convention, long ratified by the Republic, Indonesia has a duty to recognise and protect indigenous peoples’ land rights. The Committee also reminded the government of its previous requests to ensure that the State does not allow its development plans to override indigenous peoples’ rights and amend its Plantations Act so that it respects these rights. The Committee notes that Indonesia has persistently failed to respond to the CERD for over eight years.

Complaint by AMAN and FPP English and Bahasa Indonesia
Response from CERD: English only

RELATED CONTENT Request for consideration of the situation of indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands, Indonesia
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Greenpeace releases dramatic drone video of Indonesia’s fires

Metla Finland - 3 hours 53 min ago
Greenpeace has released dramatic drone video footage showing burning forests and smoldering peatlands in Borneo. The video shows fires burning on peatlands, rainforests, and oil palm plantations surrounding Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan.
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New report finds decreasing human impact on the environment

Metla Finland - 4 hours 30 min ago
Some human impacts on the natural world are slowing, and others have even started to decline, according to a report released last month.
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Indonesian forest fires on track to emit more CO2 than UK

Metla Finland - 5 hours 34 min ago

Greenpeace warns fires raging across forest and peatlands will match the worst year ever and exceed the total annual carbon output of the UK

Fires raging across the forests and peatlands of Indonesia are on track to pump out more carbon emissions than the UK’s entire annual output, Greenpeace has warned.

As well as fuelling global warming, the thick smoke choking cities in the region is likely to cause the premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in the region and is also destroying vital habitats for endangered orangutans and clouded leopards.

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Alarm bells over Indonesia’s plan to reduce green timber certification

Metla Finland - 7 hours 20 min ago
The government's plan to reign in sustainable timber requirements for certain industries comes under fire.
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Confor engages with Minister and key MPs at Conservative Conference

Metla Finland - 8 hours 3 min ago
Confor hosted a successful Fringe event and a dinner debate at the Conservative Party conference, explaining the modern face of the forestry and wood sector to key players - including...
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A volunteer’s introduction to the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative

Metla Finland - 8 hours 36 min ago

By: Jan Carl Matysiak*

After my environmental science studies I decided it would be good to experience the real world, beyond the seminars in university. So I applied for a programme run by the German government called Weltwärts that gives me the opportunity to work for one year at a South African organisation called GeaSphere. Now you might ask yourself: That sounds nice but how does this connect to the Global Forest Coalition? I may answer that this is the story ...

The post A volunteer’s introduction to the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative appeared first on Global Forest Coalition.

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BPI acquires 45% share in Delion France

Metla Finland - 8 hours 36 min ago
State bank to assist in funding the restart of recycled pulp production
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Conservation groups buy land from 109 coffee farmers, create reserve for rare salamanders

Metla Finland - 8 hours 54 min ago
By purchasing the 2,000-acre plot of forest land, conservation groups have quickly secured one of the last remnants of critical habitat for numerous endangered amphibians.
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Indonesia's forest fires threaten orangutan habitat – video

Metla Finland - 9 hours 16 min ago

Shocking drone footage captured by Greenpeace field researchers shows extensive peat and forest fires burning in Indonesia. Greenpeace’s footage was shot around the edge of the Gunung Palung national park, a major reservoir of biodiversity in Indonesia. It shows fires burning in the deep peat surrounding the national park and in nearby palm oil concessions – the result of decades of illegal logging and deforestation for oil palm and pulp plantations

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Workshop to Share New Tools for Monitoring and Evaluating Livelihoods and Vulnerability Indicators

Metla Finland - 9 hours 34 min ago
An exchange of knowledge and information on local livelihoods and vulnerability among REDD and PES projects in the Mekong river delta region took place at the workshop “Monitoring and Evaluating Livelihoods and Vulnerability Indicators of PES and REDD Projects” (11 September 2015). Additionally methodologies and data where shared to develop a database of baseline Reference Livelihoods and Vulnerability Levels (RLVL) from pilot PES and REDD projects in Viet Nam.
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The PEFC International Team Continues to Grow!

Metla Finland - 10 hours 15 min ago
We are delighted to announce the arrival of two new colleagues to the PEFC International team: Marta Martinez Pardo and Fabienne Sinclair. As part of the Technical Unit, Marta will be in charge of PEFC Trademark Protection as well as aspects related to the administration of the system. Fabienne...

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Singapore request for haze information tricky for Indonesia

Metla Finland - 10 hours 46 min ago
Diplomatic relations between Singapore and Indonesia could be tested by a formal application that Jakarta hand over details on companies believed to be responsible for haze pollution.
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In Ethiopia, jobs might grow on trees

Metla Finland - 13 hours 13 min ago

Work on a timber plantation in Ethiopia is tough, with low wages, poor conditions and little security – but at least it’s a living. And in a country with high demand for wood products and widespread rural poverty and youth unemployment, industrial timber plantations offer a lot of promise, according to an analysis by the... Read more

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The strange world of knopper galls

Metla Finland - 14 hours 51 min ago
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Once thought of as a threat to the UK’s native oaks, these horny growths have joined the rich community that inhabits the trees

On one of the finest autumn days for years, sharply lit under a Wedgwood sky, the oak bears strange fruit. Little green and brown apples covered in horny, foliate protuberances grow where acorns should be. They formed last month when a tiny gall wasp, Andricus quercuscalicis, inoculated embryonic acorn buds with her eggs. The oak responded in an entirely specific way to this wasp by producing growths known as knopper galls, from a German name for a type of helmet.

They weren’t seen in Britain until the 1960s, but there was a spike in the knopper population in 1979 and people were worried that the iconic British oaks were in danger of not producing viable acorns. Although the wasps have spread as far north as Scotland, this has not been the case, and knopper galls have joined the rich community of life that inhabits the oaks. The galls are communities themselves, too, containing microhabitants such as inquilines (cynipid wasps lay eggs in the gall and their larvae feed on the oak tissue) and parasitoids (chalcid and ichneumon wasps inject their eggs into the gall wasp larvae to feed on them).

Related: Country diary: Blackwater Carr, Norfolk: The so-called 'knopper' galls are shaped like naked walnuts

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Lombok’s blooming community forest bears fruit and raises livelihoods – and haj trips

Metla Finland - 15 hours 4 min ago
How intercropping helped one Indonesian village bounce back from a cycle of poverty.
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