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19th December 2007

The Greek partner, the Municipality of Thessaloniki, prepared a short video about Carbon Pro project and its activities. The video is about 1 minute long and it is available in Greek language only.

You can download it here (32,7MB ZIP-file containing the video in DVD format).

14th December 2007

The FINAL MEETING of Carbon Pro project was held at Udine Castel, at “Casa della Contadinanza”, hosted by the Lead Partner “Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia”.

During the meeting the partners showed the final project results and discussed about a possible follow-up of the project.

THE CARBON PRO PARTNERSHIP AND THE SECRETARIAT WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND AN HAPPY 2008!!!!

in Banja Luka was signed by the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water management of Republic of Srpska, Radivoje Bratic the Carbon Pro AGREEMENT

11th December 2007

In accordance with the decision taken by the CARBON-PRO partnership during the 7th Transnational Technical Board held in Zagreb, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is glad to inform you that the Final Meeting is convened on Friday, 14th December 2007 from 9.30 until 5 p.m. in Udine (Italy).
The meeting will be hosted by the Lead Partner “Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia” and will be held at Udine Castel, at Casa della Contadinanza.

11th December 2007

The United States will reject demands to commit to internationally binding cuts in global warming gases at the UN climate conference in Bali, the chief US climate negotiator said.
Instead, the US will come up with its own plan by the middle of next year, Harlan Watson said.
"We're not ready to do that here," Mr Watson said. "We're working on that, what our domestic contribution would be, and again we expect that sometime before the end of the Major Economies process."
Environmentalists accuse the Bush administration of using those parallel talks to subvert the long-running UN negotiations and the spirit of the binding Kyoto Protocol, which requires 36 industrial nations to make relatively modest cuts in "greenhouse" gases.

The United States is the only major industrial country to have rejected Kyoto and its obligatory targets. The US leadership instead favours a more voluntary approach, in which individual nations determine what they can contribute to a global effort, without taking on obligations under the UN climate treaty.

3rd December 2007

Today a key climate summit opens in Bali, Indonesia,: the Conference hopes to make progress towards a "Kyoto II" deal Governments at a key UN climate summit will discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after the current Kyoto Protocol targets expire in 2012. Talks will centre on whether a further set of binding targets is needed.
The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, brings together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media. The two week period includes the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol. A ministerial segment in the second week will conclude the Conference.

More on UNFCCC website

29th November 2007

Today in Banja Luka was signed by the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water management of Republic of Srpska, Radivoje Bratic the Carbon Pro AGREEMENT.
The first signature of the agreement was held in Ljubljana during the Transnational Conference of Carbon Pro between the Ministry for Environmental policies of Veneto Region, a representative of the Regional Minister for Agricultural, Natural and Forest Resources and for Mountain of Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Vice mayor for the environment and green of Municipality of Thessaloniki (Greece), the Head of the City office for agriculture and forestry of Municipality of Zagreb (Croatia), the County rulers of Krapina Zagorje (Croatia) and of Zagrebacka County.
The AGREEMENT, aimed to recognise carbon credits as a measure to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas at a local, national and European level, was now signed by 7 political representatives of Project Partners. They committed themselves to promote development of carbon credits calculation as an opportunity to boost sustainable methods of land management, in order to show results of the environmental policies and create local markets where would be possible to sale carbon credits, using a praxis that could influence the local economic systems, by promoting a sustainable development.

in Banja Luka was signed by the Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water management of Republic of Srpska, Radivoje Bratic the Carbon Pro AGREEMENT

26th November 2007

On Thursday 29th of November a second Seminar on "Kyoto and Forestry" will take place at the Technische Universität München. The project Carbon Pro will be presented and the influence of Kyoto mechanisms on forestry in Bavaria will be discussed.

25th October 2007

Initiative among local policymakers to promote the goals of the Carbon-Pro started by the Croatian Forest Research Institute, a partner in the Carbon-Pro project, resulted in signing of the Agreement on local management strategies for carbon sequestration by the representatives of City of Zagreb and two Counties. From Croatian part, the Agreement signed Mr Darko Vuletic (City of Zagreb, Head of City Office for Agriculture and Forestry), Ms Sonja Borovcak (Krapinsko-Zagorska County, County Governess) and Ms Mirjana Mataušic-Piršl (Zagrebacka County, Deputy County Governor).

24th October 2007

Today the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech to the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change in Bogor, Indonesia. These are some sentences:

“This has truly been a year like no other. The threat of climate change has moved to the centre of the global political arena with more urgency and intensity than any issue in recent memory.
There is now momentum for stronger global action, and recognition of the United Nations as the forum for reaching agreement. This momentum has been strongly amplified by the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning body which established beyond doubt that climate change is happening, and that much of it is caused by human activity. This momentum will reach its apex at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali this December. (…)

The Bali Conference will provide a unique opportunity to begin a new era. I will continue to be available to help facilitate agreement among Governments. I thank you all for your commitment, and wish you a most productive meeting.

Read the complete text of the speech here.

24th October 2007

Climate change: Human activities affecting carbon balance of northern forests
Human activities are having a major impact on the carbon balance of forests in the northern hemisphere, according to new research carried out in the framework of the EU-funded CarboEurope project.

Writing in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers, led by Federico Magnani of the University of Bologna, shows that we are affecting the carbon balance of northern forests both directly through forest management activities, and indirectly through nitrogen pollution.
In this latest study, scientists investigated the carbon balance of temperate and boreal forests in western Europe and North America. As expected, they found that forest management activities accounted for a large proportion of the variations in carbon balance in the forests studied. When an area of forest is disturbed, it typically acts as a carbon source for some years before becoming a carbon sink again.

For further information, please visit: www.carboeurope.org

19th October 2007

Today had been held in Ljubljana the Transnational Conference LOCAL STRATEGIES FOR LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO KYOTO PROTOCOL - Exploring new management tools for CO2 sequestration in agricultural lands and forests, organised within Carbon Pro project.

During the conference was signed the AGREEMENT aimed to recognise carbon credits as a measure to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas at a local, national and European level. The agreement was signed during the Transnational Conference of Carbon Pro between the Ministry for Environmental policies of Veneto Region, a representative of the Regional Minister for Agricultural, Natural and Forest Resources and for Mountain of Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Vice mayor for the environment and green of Municipality of Thessaloniki (Greece), the Head of the City office for agriculture and forestry of Municipality of Zagreb (Croatia), the County rulers of Krapina Zagorje (Croatia) and of Zagrebacka County. The subscribers are political representatives of Project Partners. They committed themselves to promote development of carbon credits calculation as an opportunity to boost sustainable methods of land management, in order to show results of the environmental policies and create local markets where would be possible to sale carbon credits, using a praxis that could influence the local economic systems, by promoting a sustainable development.

You can find all the meeting presentations in the Carbon Pro web-site (page of Ljubljiana Conference ).

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12th October 2007

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
Through the scientific reports it has issued over the past two decades, the IPCC has created an ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming. Thousands of scientists and officials from over one hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater certainty as to the scale of the warming. Whereas in the 1980s global warming seemed to be merely an interesting hypothesis, the 1990s produced firmer evidence in its support. In the last few years, the connections have become even clearer and the consequences still more apparent.

More on www.nobelprize.org

4th October 2007

Workshop "Kyoto und Forestry" at TUM.
On 4 October 2007 experts from research, administration and forestry met, in order to discuss risks and chances of the Kyoto Protocol for forestry in Bavaria. In a course of lectures representatives of forest administration and private organizations informed forest owners about different ways, how to recognize contributions of forestry for international climate protection.

2nd October 2007

The Carbon Pro partnership is glad to inform you that the Transnational Conference of the project will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 19th October 2007.
The title of the conference is LOCAL STRATEGIES FOR LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO KYOTO PROTOCOL - Exploring new management tools for CO2 sequestration in agricultural lands and forests.
You can find the program and all information here.

1st October 2007

In the section “documents” you can find the research report (action 2.5 of the project) written by Anke Benndorf and Hannes Schwaiger of Joanneum Research (Institute of Energy Research, Graz, Austria), joint partner of CERE (PP7). The title of the report is “Quantifying the carbon stock changes caused by land cover changes for the federal state of Salzburg, Austria” and the aim is to estimate the C stock change in the federal state of Salzburg for the time period 1990 to 2000. The result of the estimation amounts up to a change of -192199, 31 tC between 1990 and 2000. You can download the complete text here.

20-21st September 2007

The 7th meeting of Transnational Technical Board was held in Jastrebarsko and in Zagreb (Croatia) hosted by Croatian Forest Research Institute. During the meeting the partners discussed about the dissemination documents foreseen by Carbon Pro (Transnational Action Plan, WP3 tool and a database useful for the website created by Slovenian partner). They also define the agenda of the transnational conference that will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 19th October 2007: the title of the conference will be LOCAL STRATEGIES FOR LAND USE MANAGEMENT ACCORDING TO KYOTO PROTOCOL - Exploring new management tools for CO2 sequestration in agricultural lands and forests.

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14th September 2007

The Hungarian Meteorological Service kindly invites you and your co-workers to the series of lectures that will be held in 28 September 2007. at 10 a.m. about the role of the biosphere on the atmospheric carbon dioxide content and on the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere.
The location of the event: Hungarian Meteorological Service, Salon room Budapest, II. Kitaibel Pál str. 1., ground level.
Please send us your intention if you wish to participate at the meeting until 25 September, 2007 via e-mail or via fax (László Haszpra, e-mail: haszpra.l@met.hu, fax: (06-1)-346-4809).
You can find more information here.

12th September 2007

Today was held the Veneto Region LOCAL WORKING BOARD in Belluno (Italy).
At the meeting were present over 80 persons among forest owners, wood-processing enterprises, local administrations, regional and local forest departments, regional park management departments and environmental organizations.
You can find the agenda and all the materials here (in Italian).

“Dal Protocollo di Kyoto alla gestione forestale sostenibile nel Veneto” è il tema di una tavola rotonda tenutasi oggi a Belluno ed organizzata nell’ambito del progetto Carbon-Pro. All’incontro sono intervenuti amministratori pubblici, liberi professionisti e proprietari boschivi per un confronto sulle opportunità concrete offerte dall’applicazione pratica del Progetto.
È possibile scaricare il programma, i materiali e il comunicato stampa dell’incontro.

4th September 2007

Today was held the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region LOCAL WORKING BOARD in Codroipo (Italy) at Villa Manin.
At the meeting were present forest owners, wood-processing enterprises, local administrations, regional and local forest departments, regional park management departments and environmental organizations.
You can find the agenda and all the materials here (in Italian).

Si è svolta oggi a Villa Manin la tavola rotonda “LE OPPORTUNITA’ PER IL SETTORE AGRO-FORESTALE NELL’AMBITO DEL PROTOCOLLO DI KYOTO” organizzata dalla Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia. È possibile scaricare il programma, i materiali , i comunicati stampa (comunicato 1, comunicato 2) e il video-servizio dell’incontro.