New Biodiversity Findings in Peru: A Positive Contrast to Declining Biodiversity Trends and What This Means for the COP 20 in Lima, PeruA new survey, published in early 2014 by biologists at UC Berkeley, SIU-Carbondale, and Illinois Wesleyan University is bringing some much-needed positivity in global biodiversity news. Despite species and biodiversity figures dropping all over the world, Manu National Park of southern Peru has surpassed its own record for species biodiversity. The park continues to hold title as the richest biodiversity hotspot in the world for reptiles and amphibians.
Forests Asia Summit organized by the Center for International Forestry (CIFOR) and co-hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. The multi-stakeholder event addressed the theme of Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in Southeast Asia, and brought together members of the private sector, civil society, research organizations, and government. High level attendees included President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhono, Peruvian Minister of Environment and COP 20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Indonesian REDD+ Agency Head Heru Praseto, IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri, and CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren.
Campeche and Chiapas gathered on February 27 at a workshop to discuss Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) at the state level. The workshop, supported by funding through the GCF Training Program, included participation of Ecologic, WHRC-MREDD+, CONAFOR-South-South Cooperation, ECOSUR, Pronatura, and other stakeholders that work on estimating biomass and carbon in the states of Chiapas and Campeche.
Assembling the Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together for a REDD+ Proposal in Madre de Dios, the Environmental Services and REDD+ Roundtable in Madre de Dios (MSAR – acronym in Spanish) organized and summarized the achievements the region has accomplished in its quest to address drivers of deforestation and promote sustainable development. The report also identifies the gaps the region needs to address to reach its goals.
Contributions to the National Strategy for Emissions Reduction from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+): A Proposal for Allocation between States and the Union” this week. The study was developed by representatives of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará and Tocantins with technical support from the Institute for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas (IDESAM) and is aligned with the other states of the Forum of State Secretaries of Environment from the Amazon states.
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