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Nisga'a Nation enacts legislation to enable carbon sequestration projects on Nisga'a Lands

NEW AIYANSH, BC, July 30 /CNW/ - Yesterday, Wilp Si'ayuukhl Nisga'a, the Legislative House of the Nisga'a Nation, unanimously enacted legislation amending the Nisga'a Forest Act to enable ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration projects to take place on Nisga'a Lands.

The new legislation grants the Nisga'a Lisims Government Executive the authority to enter into ecosystem restoration and carbon rights agreements with designated contractors. Under such an agreement, the Nisga'a Nation may grant an ecosystem restoration contractor the exclusive right to deal with the carbon credits that will be available in relation to the trees planted on Nisga'a Lands as part of an ecosystem restoration project.

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US announces climate change help for Mekong region

HANOI — The United States on Thursday announced a three-year programme to help countries in the Mekong River basin adapt to the impact of climate change on water resources, food security and livelihoods.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the pledge at a Hanoi meet with Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong region, whose waterway is also under threat from rapid economic development and expanding populations.

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Office launched to monitor REDD in Nepal

Forest sample plot at Khayar Khola watershed in Chitwan in 2010.

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The PMU has been launched to coordinate and manage the project for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in community forests, the ICIMOD said.

LALITPUR: The Project Management Unit (PMU), an office within the premises of the Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio-resources (ANSAB), has been launched at a function in Kathmandu on "Friday.

The PMU has been launched to coordinate and manage the project for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in community forests, said International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in a press statement today.

WWF supports Nepal Government for biodiversity conservation

Kathmandu, Nepal – WWF Nepal signed a grant agreement with the Government of Nepal's Department of Forests (DoF) and Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) on 21 July 2010 to support biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development programmes.
These programmes will be implemented in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), Langtang National Park and Buffer Zone, Kangchenjunga Conservation Area and Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone areas. The grant amounts to NRs. 8,08,12,339 (approx 80 million NRs).

Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative, WWF Nepal and Mr. Madhav Prasad Acharya, Director General, DoF exchanging the grant agreement at the WWF office

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Declare a moratorium on conversion of forests

As vast areas of forests in Sarawak are being hurriedly cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, there is an urgent need for Malaysia to evaluate the proposed mechanism known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation or REDD.

REDD compensates countries for keeping forests intact that would otherwise be cleared for monoculture such as oil palm. The compensation is based on the avoided emissions of carbon dioxide that deforestation or land degradation would have caused.

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