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The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP/UN-REDD) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-organized a Discussion Forum on REDD+ Social Safeguards during Forest 5 during UNFCCC COP17, 4 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.
High-level panellists from diverse geographical and institutional backgrounds discussed the protection of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities in REDD+. The focus was placed on issues such as the capacity building needs for implementing REDD+ safeguards, the importance of land tenure security, or the challenges to effectively design and implement REDD+ safeguards while ensuring the continued traditional use of forest resources.
Social safeguards: Protecting the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities in REDD+:
Video commemorating the late Wangari Maathai, Africa's first female Nobel Peace Laureate and a champion for the environment:
Forest Day 5:
The World Teak Conference 2013 "Sharing our Planet: Teak Model Development towards the Improvement of Mankind” in Thailand examined the multiple aspects of teak cultivation and management.
Participants at the symposium "MORIOKA 2013: Global Forest Products Marketing and Forest Certification in a Green Economy" discussed strategies and challenges of the forest sector in a green economy.
IUFRO celebrated the first International Day of Forests on 21 March with an official opening of its new offices located in the building of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life.
United Nations, Observing First International Day of Forests, Celebrates Their Vital, Life-sustaining Role: UN Press Release
2013 is a special year for forests, with many activities and initiatives underway to recognize and strengthen the important role forests play in our lives.