miércoles, 1 de marzo de 2017

Dia Internacional de los Bosques para el Desarrollo Sostenible


HIGHLIGHTSVOL 21, NO. 03 - MARCH 0

International Day highlights forests’ role in sustainable energy

Until the advent of fossil fuels, for thousands of years, wood was the primary source of energy for human populations. Today, over 2 billion people worldwide, in rural and urban areas, still rely on wood for their primary energy needs. Wood constitutes the primary source of energy for cooking and heating in many developing countries, where nearly 90 per cent of fuelwood and charcoal is consumed. 

Regions with the greatest incidence of poverty, most notably Sub-Saharan Africa and low income households in Asia, are also the most dependent on fuel wood. At the same time, the use of unsustainably harvested fuelwood, which often occurs in these areas, continues to be a challenge which has negative economic and environmental impacts.
Developing countries are not the only ones dependent on forests for energy. Bio energy from forest biomass (in various forms, including pellets, sticks and sawdust) accounts for about half of Europe’s renewable-energy consumption. Countries across Europe are converting their power plants from using only coal to a mix of coal and wood products to meet renewable “carbon neutral” energy goals.
Technological advancements in the production of biomass energy, along with growing concerns over rising greenhouse gas emissions, make it increasingly likely that biomass energy from forest products will continue to serve as an important source of renewable energy in all countries in the future.
In recognition of these important inter-linkages between forests and energy, the central theme of the 2017 International Day of Forests is “Forests and Energy.” The need for sustainable management of forests and sustainable energy resources has also been recognized in SDGs 7 and SDG 15 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March every year, provides a global platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat of UN DESA will organize a special event in celebration of the International Day of Forests on 21 March at UN Headquarters in New York, which will highlight how forests and energy are essential for the well-being of local communities and in green infrastructure for economic development.   The event to be held in the ECOSOC Chamber, from 10 am to 1 pm, will also feature remarks by senior UN and government officials, a technical panel discussion as well as a general discussion by UN Member States and UN entities.
The International Day of Forests was established by the UN General Assembly in 2012. Activities held range from scientific conferences and workshops, to art exhibits, tree-planting and community-level events. The theme of the International Day reflects the multi-faceted aspects of forests, highlighting the many ways forests contribute to our daily lives and global sustainability.
For more information: International Day of Forests
Photo credit: UN Photo/Olivier Chassot

lunes, 4 de abril de 2016




Estimadas/os, 

Difundimos webinar organizado por el Centro Regional de Cambio Climático y Toma de Decisiones, en conjunto con LatinClima y la Earth Journalism Network de Internews. 

"Alcances del Acuerdo en París y oportunidades para América Latina." Webinario con Christiana Figueres, Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (CMNUCC). 

El seminario tiene por objetivo analizar el alcance del Acuerdo de París, resultado de la COP21, de la mano de la secretaria ejecutiva de la CMNUCC, al tiempo que expondrá sobre las oportunidades que representa para los países de América Latina. El mismo tendrá lugar el jueves 14 de abril de 2016 a las 9:00 hs. (CR) 12 hs. (UY)

Dirigido a periodistas y comunicadores, tanto de medios de comunicación o independientes, como de instituciones vinculadas en la temática. 

Para registrarse completar el formulario en línea aquí

Ficha técnica: 
Día: jueves 14 de abril de 2016 
Hora: 9.00 CR - 12.00 Uy
Duración: 1 hora 
Link de registro: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/831478554111928324Al registrarse recibirá un correo de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse al seminario web.


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viernes, 1 de abril de 2016

Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network Edition #33 March 2016

Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #33 March 2016


James Nxumalo
Mayor, eThekwini Municipality/Durban, South Africa
Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,
Each year, an increasing number of countries are impacted by climate change. Last month, Cyclone Winston killed at least 29 people in Fiji, while 2015 saw destructive flooding in India, Malawi and Mozambique, along with severe drought in Ethiopia.
Cities must increase resilience to these kinds of shocks by incorporating resilience into all aspects of planning. This means, for example, addressing the fact that almost all natural disasters damage informal settlements most heavily, destroying not just homes and livelihoods but social cohesion and economic prosperity.
We must also ensure that economic development in our cities does not come at the expense of resilience – in all of its forms. This might mean tackling financial inequality or regulating the development of housing and office space to ensure adequate buffer zones or green areas.
On 22 April, national governments must sign the Paris Agreement from COP21 last December, in which cities were acknowledged as key stakeholders in the global climate regime. With this increased support from nations, cities must now accelerate implementation of climate change adaptation as well as mitigation measures.
The opportunities and barriers to implementing integrated resilience will be discussed and debated at Resilient Cities 2016, ICLEI’s annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation. Taking place from 6-8 July in Bonn, Germany, Resilient Cities 2016 will have a particular focus on inclusion, finance and global processes, while covering a wide range of themes during three days of presentations and workshops.
I encourage local and subnational governments, academics, students, technical advisors, engineers, risk managers, adaptation experts and anyone with a strong interest in urban resilience to join ICLEI at Resilient Cities 2016.
With kind regards,

James Nxumalo
Mayor, eThekwini Municipality/Durban; ICLEI First Vice President and Co-Chair of Resilient City Strategies; Co-Patron Resilient Cities 2016
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Webinario para comunicadores con Christiana Figueres


14 de abril de 2016


Webinario organizado por LatinClima, la Earth Journalism Network de Internews y el Centro Regional de Cambio Climático y Toma de Decisiones.
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Calendario

14 de abril de 2016

Webinario sobre el Acuerdo de París y oportunidades para América Latina
 Virtual


27 de agosto de 2015

Ceremonia de firma del Acuerdo de París

Nueva York, EE.UU

 

27 al 29 de 2016

Congreso Mundial de Derecho Ambiental

Río de Janeiro, Brasil

Recursos
INDCs y participación ciudadana en América Latina.

Materiales de taller sobre financiación climática

Estudios sobre efectos y medidas sobre efectos del cambio climático en América Latina

Guía Periodística Agenda Verde.
Oportunidades

Becas periodísticas para participar en el Congreso Mundial de Conservación de la UICN
 

En línea

 
La Earth Journalism Network de Internews hace un llamado a becas para periodistas interesados en cubrir el Congreso Mundial de Conservación de la UICN, por celebrarse en septiembre en Hawaii, Estados Unidos. 
 

Taller Municipios Sostenibles y Resilientes: construyendo medidas de mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático a escala local
 

Montevideo, Uruguay


Curso del Cerntro de Formación de la Cooperacion Española en Montevideo,. 
 

Curso en línea sobre fundamentos del cambio climático
 

Virtual


Curso abierto de autoaprendizaje creado en una colaboración del Banco Mundial con el BID
Blog LatinClima
Cambio climático y seguridad


30 de marzo de 2016  •  Patricio Roulier Pazos (Punto Focal para Americas de la división juvenil de la Red de Naciones Unidas para Soluciones en Desarrollo Sostenible)

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