Urban forestry innovations to transform landscapes and well-being in the Post-COVID-19 era

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the Royal Forestry Department of the Government of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are pleased to announcethe online event “Urban forestry innovations to transform landscapes and well-being in the post-Covid-19 era” that will be held from 19 to 21 October 2020. The aim of the event is to keep momentum and bridge towards the 3rd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM), planned for autumn this year and postponed to February 2021 because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held online and hosted on the Zoom platform. Below the links to register to the different sessions.

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ThinkForest webinar: Public Perception on Forests and Bioeconomy

ThinkForest is a European high-level forum on the future of forests. It provides:

A unique science-policy interface
Inspiring and dynamic science-policy dialogue

ThinkForest works to identify information needs related to forest policy questions and build a common understanding of the problems at hand. By helping policy makers navigate through the wealth of information on offer and providing them with the best available expertise and the latest research-based information from the scientific community it enables informed decision making on strategic forest issues.

The ThinkForest forum brings together policymakers, the scientific community and stakeholders, offering a space for science-policy dialogue which builds bridges on pan-European forest and bioeconomy issues. It is chaired by Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for both Science and Research, and Environment. From its foundation in 2012 until June 2019, it was chaired by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson.

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World Organic Forum 2020

The World Organic Forum 2020 focuses on the local implementation of Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a just and sustainable world. Thematically, the focus is on the SDG goals “Eradication of poverty” (SDG1), “Food security” (SDG2), “Sustainable consumption and production” (SDG12) and “Climate protection measures” (SDG13).

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Organic World Congress (OWC)

Every three years, our emblematic Organic World Congress (OWC) is held in conjunction with our General Assembly, involving thousands of organic farmers, producers, researchers, advocates and policy experts from around the world. By rotating across countries, the OWC brings global visibility to the host country.

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Regional Initiative on Renewable Energy for Hindu Kush Himalayas Consultative Workshop

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have established an action-oriented partnership to accelerate the pace of RE adoption for strengthening economic value chains and developing resilient enterprises in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region. The partnership aims to leverage the two institutions’ expertise and strong buy-in from governments as intergovernmental organizations. Within the framework of this partnership, ICIMOD and IRENA are conducting a comprehensive scoping exercise to analyse energy needs and gaps in selected key economic value chains in the HKH region and the opportunities offered by RE solutions. The scoping exercise further identifies actions needed for scaling up the use of RE and energy efficiency (EE) solutions.

Cost-competitive renewable energy solutions, coupled with their modularity and adaptability, provide a unique opportunity to reconcile energy, socio-economic development and climate objectives in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region. Renewables could significantly contribute to improving livelihoods and well-being of mountain communities by providing access to reliable, affordable and environmentally-sustainable energy, while also strengthening local enterprises and climate resilience.

To share the preliminary findings of the assessment and gather feedback, IRENA and ICIMOD jointly organized a consultative workshop on “Renewable energy solutions for enterprise development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” on 20 November 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop convened over 50 experts mainly comprising the three major stakeholder groups needed to deploy RE solutions at speed and scale across the HKH region: local enterprises; policy makers; and enablers such as financing institutions, development agencies, and foundations.

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Fire Ecology Across Boundaries: Connecting Science and Management

Fire Ecology Across Boundaries: the conference will be a space to understand and discuss the global wildfire situation and regional challenges in a changing climate, the uncertainties that need to be addressed, and potential fire ecology solutions for wildfire mitigation.

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Drivers for Wood Construction

The second international Drivers for Wood Construction event including Rothoschool on tour will be held in Joensuu 21.-22.10.2020. The first Drivers for Wood Construction seminar in September 2019 brought together over 180 wood construction professionals from 12 countries, and this year the event is expected to be even bigger.

Drivers for Wood Construction 2020 starts on October 21st with Rothoschool On Tour. Rothoschool brings the European leading experts to Joensuu to share their knowledge on construction physics, wood joint techniques, building codes, and building information modelling (BIM). The training will go deep into the technical details and solutions and provides you with useful tools to be applied in daily work.

Read more on the event site here.

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EU Green Week

EU Green Week 2020 is now scheduled for 19-22 October 2020, on the theme of nature and biodiversity. After the adoption of a new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 in May, Green Week will highlight the contribution biodiversity can make to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth. The new strategy shows how the recovery is an opportunity for a fresh start, in the knowledge that transformative change is possible. It’s a chance to rethink our relationship with nature, to change the activities that are driving biodiversity loss and the wider ecological crisis, and to weigh up the implications for our economy and society. EU Green Week will examine how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can help protect and restore nature, leaving it room to recover and thrive.

This year’s Green Week will also act as a milestone on the path to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.

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Central Asia Climate Change Conference

2020 is a critical year for the countries around the world and Central Asia in particular, to start fulfilling the promise of the Paris Agreement as well as to address the Sustainable Development Goals. As many of the elements of the Agreement are in place and already functioning, the implementation and rising ambitions to the most extent depends on proactive actions of multiple stakeholders.

This year, due to Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19), the Third Central Asia Climate Change Conference (CACCC-2020) will be conducted online and take place on 19-23 October 2020. The Conference is organized under the framework of the “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for the Aral Sea Basin” (CAMP4ASB) and aims to strengthen a regional dialogue on climate change and sustainable development by promoting information and knowledge exchange in Central Asia. Other objective of the Conference is to raise awareness of the countries in the region on lessons, which addressing climate change, have been learned in times of pandemic (COVID-19).

Taking into account the abovementioned, we kindly invite you to the upcoming conference. We will be grateful if you confirm your participation by clicking on the registration link no later than October 8, 2020.

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