Where Are The Trees Growing? Advances in Monitoring Restoration

Join WRI for a presentation detailing the latest advances on tracking tree growth and monitoring forest and landscape restoration.

Thanks to Global Forest Watch, monitoring deforestation with satellites has never been easier. But seeing where trees are growing – and measuring the water, soil, and yield benefits that they bring – is challenging. Now, after years of research, WRI and its partners in governments, companies, and communities have paired the latest advances in AI and remote sensing with local expertise and preferences to make tracking progress toward government and company commitments easier and more accurate than ever.

This webinar is designed for governments, companies, project developers, and community leaders who want to learn what tools they can use to track the progress of their work. Monitoring experts from WRI’s Global Forest Watch and Restoration teams will highlight the key tools and techniques that practitioners, especially members of regional alliances AFR100 and Initiative 20×20, can use to start monitoring. A 20-minute Q&A period will close the event.

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FFX Pocono: Racing to Safeguard Agrobiodiversity

On the “Global Day of Action” for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, you are invited to virtually join chefs, media, farmers, seed savers, educators, policy makers and consumers in an immersive experience designed to raise awareness of the importance of crop diversity and its connection to healthy soils and resilient, sustainable agricultural systems. Throughout the event, we will showcase what the future of food could be like if we conserve and use the amazing diversity of our foods.

Hosted by the Food Forever Initiative in partnership with Pocono Organics, Rodale Institute, and the Crop Trust, the Experience will be the first of its kind, and stream digital content from around the world, including from the farm at Pocono Organics, to the fields of the Rodale Institute, to genebanks, to chefs’ kitchens and many places in between.

Participants will also be the first audience to learn of new research findings presented by Rodale Institute which will use this occasion to announce a global white paper that looks at the potential of Regenerative Organic Agriculture to reduce emissions and maximize carbon sequestration in soils – as one solution to the climate crisis.

The Food Forever Experience is for leaders and influencers who can make an impact. Together, we can plant the seed for a better future, and we would be delighted if you can participate.

Find out more here.

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2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The COP26 UN summit will now take place from 1 – 12 November 2021, in Glasgow, UK.

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC was originally scheduled to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.  The change in dates had been anticipated following a decision on 1 April 2020, to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes. Since then, the country has established a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to promote sustainable forest management practices and to take informed policy decisions on reducing forest loss. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” will highlight the country’s experience in establishing NFMS, and explore the various ways it has been upscaled and widely used, as a basis for satellite land monitoring systems, in other countries in the region and globally.

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A fireside chat in memory of Professor Wangari Maathai

The Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF) and Green Belt Movement International (GBMI) are collaborating to launch a thought leadership webinar series based on reflection and debate around what kind of transformational leadership is required to address the unprecedented challenges facing the world today. The discussions will seek to understand how service-oriented leaders are nurtured and what we as a society can do to support this. Wanjira Mathai, Chairperson of the Wangari Maathai Foundation, will host and interview environmental leaders and activists of various backgrounds; examining qualities and structures needed to lead during periods of crisis.

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Online Capacity-building Workshop for Stakeholders

Asia-Pacific Regional Workshops: Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th September 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM India Standard Time on both days. IST is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+5:30).  REGISTER HERE

European Regional Workshops: Thursday the 17th and Friday the 18th September 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central European Time (CET) on both days. CET is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).  REGISTER HERE

Latin-America Regional Workshops: October 2020, dates to be confirmed.  Note that the two workshops for the Latin-America Region will be conducted in Spanish.

Day 1 – 4 hours

Session 1
1. Understanding UNEA and UNEP, including the Committee of Permanent Representatives, their structure, and history.
2. UNEP’s Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work.
3. The role of Stakeholders in UNEP and UNEA.

Session 2
1. National and Regional Processes.
2. Attending UNEP and UNEA, and engaging effectively with UN Member States.
3. What it’s like to be a member state representative, and how to engage best.

Day 2 – 4 hours

Session 3
1. How to draft a resolution for a UN meeting.
2. Working with the Media (traditional and social)
3. Fundraising tips.

Session 4
1. Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and Partnerships to deliver the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Works.
2. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 73/333, formerly known as the Global Pact for the Environment.
3. Relevant other processes, such as human and environmental rights, and the United Nations organizations linked to them.


Jan-Gustav Strandenaes began working with the UN on environment and governance in the 1970s. He has been lecturing about the UN for 20 years, worked for NGOs at the United Nations in New York during the Commission on Sustainable Development years, and has carried out multiple assignments for UNEP. Earlier in his career, Jan-Gustav worked as a diplomat for Norway’s foreign office in Botswana and Uganda and later on directed a large aid and environment NGO in Norway for two decades.

Leida Rijnhout has been programme coordinator of Resource Justice and Sustainability at Friends of the Earth Europe. In her position as Executive Director of ANPED and director Global Policies at the EEB, she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realize their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment.

Felix Dodds is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Sciences and Engineering and a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina. He is also Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. Felix was the co-director of the 2014 and 2018 Nexus Conferences on Water, Food, Energy, and Climate at UNC, is a prolific author on the subject of global sustainability and was the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum from 1992 to 2012.

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