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May 31- June 2 2010 Community Level Training on Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) in coordination with District Coordination Councils of Kailali and Kanchanpur successfully conducted a community training on “Climate Change, REDD and Indigenous Peoples” at Hotel Sathi, Dhangadi, Kailali, Nepal. Indigenous peoples including students, women, journalist, youths and indigenous leaders from Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur and Kailali districts attended the training from May 31 to June 2, 2010. Mr. Gothu Ram Chaudhary Chairperson of Shree Tara Nagar Community Forest in the Kailali was also invited to participate in the training. Despite the new topics of climate change and REDD; participants actively participated throughout the training. The total number of participants was thirty three.

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UNFCCC Fellowships

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the third round of its fellowship programme, whose objective is to contribute to building capacity for addressing climate change in Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention, particularly in small island
developing States and least developed countries.
The objective of the fellowship programme is to contribute to building capacity for addressing climate change in non-Annex I Parties, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) Parties, through the development of local professional expertise by:
  • Supporting innovative analytical work on climate change in the context of sustainable development;
  • Promoting a network of experts who can bring creative and innovative options to bear on questions of climate change;
  • Encouraging the leadership potential of young and promising professionals in their fields.

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False start for Bonn talks as Copenhagen row rumbles on

Small group of Latin American countries refuse to discuss negotiating text containing elements of Copenhagen Accord

The fractious close to last year's Copenhagen Summit cast a long shadow over the first day of the latest round of international climate talks in Bonn as a small group of Latin American countries blocked efforts to resume negotiations.

The conference, which is being attended by representatives of 185 nations and runs until June 11, will attempt to move the stalled negotiations forward ahead of the main UN climate change summit in Cancún in November.

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Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) releases its Four Principles for Climate Justice

Read the: Four Principles for Climate Justice. (pdf)

Indigenous Peoples must call for the most stringent and binding emission reduction targets. A growing body of western scientific evidence now suggests what Indigenous Peoples have expressed for a long time: Life as we know it is in danger. Western scientists tell us that climate change is accelerating, and that changes are happening faster than expected. New scientific information made available since the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report shows that changes in ocean acidification, melting of permafrost, and ice melting are happening much faster than projected by the IPCC. Objectives must be made to reach stabilization of GHG concentrations at 300 ppm and to limit temperature rise to 1.0 degrees centigrade, based on pre-industrial levels, noting that emissions must peak in 2015.

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Ensuring Redd is not mere pulp fiction

RECENT developments in curbing high levels of forest loss around the world are promising. They are significant because deforestation, including the clearing of trees from peat swamps in South-east Asia, is the biggest source of global warming emissions from human activity, after fossil fuel burning.

Indonesia has the eighth largest forest area on the planet and half the global total of tropical peatland. It is the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from deforestation.

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