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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.

23rd August 2007

UNFCCC secretariat presents investment and financial flows necessary to respond to climate change.
According to a new report issued this week by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), addressing climate change in the next 25 years will require significant changes in the patterns of investment and financial flows.
The study, an “analysis of existing and potential investment and financial flows relevant to the development of an effective and appropriate international response to climate change” found that the additional amount of investment and financial flows in 2030 will amount to between 1.1 to 1.7% of global investment.

The report will help delegates meeting for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali (3 to 14 December) in assessing the financial architecture needed for a post-2012 agreement, for which negotiations are expected to be launched this year.
The report can be downloaded from the UNFCCC website (pdf version)

14th August 2007

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol are preparing to meet from 27 to 31 August 2007 in Vienna, Austria, for a round of climate change talks designed to set the stage for a United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3 to 14 December). The Bali meeting will in turn be a decisive step in determining the future of global action on mitigation, adaptation, the global carbon market and financing responses to climate change.
"The discussions in Vienna on possible future emission reduction commitments for industrialized countries, and on strengthened implementation of the UNFCCC, can form the main building blocks of a new climate change regime. What I then hope Bali will agree on is a negotiating agenda over the next two years that will craft an effective, long-term post-2012 regime," said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
At the Vienna Climate Change Talks 2007 around 1,000 participants, including government representatives, participants from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions will be attending the fourth "Workshop under the Dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change by enhancing implementation of the Convention and the fourth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG 4). View the official website.

6th August 2007

Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is glad to inform that their LOCAL WORKING BOARD is convened on Tuesday 4th September 2007, from 9:00 in Codroipo (Italy) at Villa Manin.
At the meeting will be invited forest owners, wood-processing enterprises, local administrations, regional and local forest departments, regional park management departments and environmental organizations.
You can find the invitation and the agenda here.

3rd August 2007

A new United Nations Internet site, “Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change”, that highlights the wide-ranging work of the various parts of the United Nations system on climate change was launched today. The new website makes it easier for Internet users to find information on climate change from across the United Nations system.
The address of the new website is http://www.un.org/climatechange

30th July 2007

Record summer temperatures and hot dry winds have made parts of the Mediterranean a tinder box with fire-fighters working around the clock to control blazes threatening people and vegetation on thousands of hectares of southern Italy, Greece, and other parts of the Mediterranean, FAO said today.
About 50 000 fires sweep through as many as one million hectares of Mediterranean forest and other woodlands each year, according to FAO. Read more on FAO website.

19th July 2007

Veneto Region is glad to inform that their LOCAL WORKING BOARD is convened on Wednesday 12th September 2007, from 9:00 in Belluno (Italy) at the Sala della Cultura De Luca.
At the meeting will be invited forest owners, wood-processing enterprises, local administrations, regional and local forest departments, regional park management departments and environmental organizations.
You can find the invitation and the agenda here.

10th July 2007

China urged its logging companies on Tuesday to act responsibly overseas and practice sustainable forestry to avoid tarnishing the country's image.
Environmental groups accuse Chinese businesses of complicity in the illegal import of wood from irreplaceable forests across Africa, Latin America and Asia to feed China's booming export machine as well as to meet domestic demand. But Beijing says it is clearing up the problem and counters that Western countries that import its timber products should share the blame. Now the government has unveiled the draft of a handbook promoting sustainable forestry activities abroad, the Forestry Ministry said in a statement on its Web site (www.forestry.gov.cn). Read the article on the Reuters website.

7th July 2007

Today a series of worldwide concerts were held during the Live Earth, intended to raise awareness about anthropogenic climate change and encourage people to live more environmentally friendly lifestyles. The concerts aimed to bring together more than 150 musical acts and an estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion people, making it one of the largest global events in history. Read some info on the official website, on the Guardian and on the BBC .

6th July 2007

The sons of the first men to scale Mount Everest warned today that climate change was ravaging the mountain. Speaking prior to the Live Earth concerts this weekend, Sir Edmund Hillary's son, Edmund, and Tenzing Norgay's son, Jamling, said the lives of millions of people who rely on Everest's glaciers for drinking water were being put at risk. The Himalayas have warmed by almost 1C since the 70s - almost twice the global average rise in temperature - according to the UN environmental programme. Read the full article on the Guardian website.

5th July 2007

The Croatian Forest Research Institute Jastrebarsko is glad to inform you that the next meeting of the extended Transnational Technical Board is convened on Thursday 20 September 2007, at 10:30 in Jastrebarsko (Croatia). The meeting is expected to be finished on the second day (Friday), early afternoon. The first day meeting will be held at Forest Research Institute, which is located cca. 30km south-west of Zagreb. In the afternoon of the same day we will have a field trip to near-by lowland oak forest. On the second day, the meeting will be held in Hotel International which is at the city centre.

4th July 2007

The rapidly growing biofuel market will keep farm commodity prices high over the next decade, a key study has said. The study predicts prices will rise by between 20% and 50% by 2016.
"Growing use of cereals, sugar, oilseeds and vegetable oils to satisfy the needs of a rapidly increasing biofuel industry is one of the main drivers in the outlook," said the report, which was co-written by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). "Bioenergies have become a key factor in the functioning of agriculture markets," Loek Boonekamp, a senior OECD official.
"In the medium term we believe that they could lead to prices on international markets rising quite considerably, at higher levels than what we had predicted in former outlooks and above the average of the last 10 years." Read more on the BBC website.

19th June 2007

Today “The Independent” publishes an article about the consequences of climatic changes: six scientists from some of the leading scientific institutions in the United States have issued what amounts to an unambiguous warning to the world: civilisation itself is threatened by global warming.
"Recent greenhouse gas emissions place the Earth perilously close to dramatic climate change that could run out of control, with great dangers for humans and other creatures," the scientists say.
Read all the article on journal website.

18-19th June 2007

The 6th meeting of Transnational Technical Board was held in Thessaloniki, hosted by the Municipality.
During the meeting the partners discussed about the agenda of the International Governance Conference on politics integrations that will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 19th October 2007.
They discussed also about the possibility of sign an agreement, among the politicians of the Regions involved in the project, concerning the management strategies for forest and agricultural lands, according to Kyoto Protocol.

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11th June 2007

The Municipality of Thessaloniki is glad to inform you that the next meeting of the Transnational Technical Board is convened on Monday 18 June 2007, from 09:00 and the meeting of Transnational Project Management Unit is convened on Tuesday 19 June 2007, from 9:00 in Thessaloniki (Greece).
The meetings will be held at Holiday Inn hotel , which is located at the city centre.

5th June 2007

Today is the World Environment Day (WED): the United Nations flagship environmental event, celebrated every year on 5 June in more than 100 countries around the world. It was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and its commemoration is entrusted to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), whose international headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of WED is to focus worldwide attention on the importance of the environment and stimulate political attention and action. The event seeks to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership, which will ensure that all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.

The WED slogan selected for 2007 is Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?, in support of International Polar Year and focuses on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, and the ensuing consequences around the world.
The main international celebrations of the World Environment Day 2007 will be held in Norway.

For more information: http://new.unep.org/wed/2007/english/index.asp

22nd May 2007

The meeting among representatives of Local Research Centres involved in the project was held at Central European University (Budapest), where the LULUCF workshop is held.
After the presentation of each centre, the meeting focuses about the role of LRC within Carbon-Pro, some examples of possible activities for LRC(contents, procedures, tools) and about the participation at Ljubljana final conference.
All the presentations are available in the document section of the website.

21st – 22nd May 2007

The workshop about “LULUCF: Joint Implementation, Green Investment Schemes and other domestic LULUCF activities by Annex I countries” was held in Budapest, Hungary and organised by Joanneum Research (Austria), involved in Carbon Pro project with the Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environment (PP7).

The main topics of the workshop are:

  • Experience to date
    • Progress so far with LULUCF activities in the context of JI and GIS
    • Status of implementation of Kyoto Protocol Articles 3.3 and 3.4 at the national level
  • Possible host countries and project types, including programmatic approaches
  • Monitoring issues, with specific focus on estimation of GHGs in soils and biomass
  • Focus on projects related to protecting or enhancing peat carbon stocks
  • Relationship between projects and national accounting under Kyoto Protocol Article 3.3 and Article 3.4
  • Accounting of Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) and the role of the International Transaction Log

8th May 2007

Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Veneto Region organize today a meeting with the personnel of Local Research Centre (CESFAM of Paluzza) about Carbon Pro project and general themes of Kyoto Protocol and forest management.
At the meeting also participate about 30 people coming from the local forest departments, from park management departments and professional men.
After the welcome greetings by Dott. Gottardo and dott. Dissegna, the meeting focuses on the following issues:

  • The carbon balance of forest and agricultural systems and the international opportunities (Prof. Peressotti - University of Udine)
  • The role of Veneto Region within Carbon Pro field measurements on carbon stocking (Dott.Pilli – Veneto Region)
  • The Italian inventory of forests and carbon sinks (Dott. Missio -Friuli Venezia Giulia Region)
  • Carbon Pro project (Dott. Vanone - Friuli Venezia Giulia)

All the presentations are available in the document section of the website.

4th May 2007

Today the Working Group III of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publishes the Summary for policy makers of Report about the “Mitigation of Climate Change".
Some conclusion are reported below:

  • Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have grown since pre-industrial times, with an increase of 70% between 1970 and 2004
  • With current climate change mitigation policies and related sustainable development practices, global GHG emissions will continue to grow over the next few decades
  • Agricultural practices collectively can make a significant contribution at low cost to increasing soil carbon sinks, to GHG emission reductions, and by contributing biomass feedstocks for energy use
  • Forest-related mitigation activities can considerably reduce emissions from sources and increase removals by sinks at low costs, and can be designed to create synergies with adaptation and sustainable development

You can download the summary here and find more information on the IPCC official website: (http://www.ipcc.ch/) and you can read an article from BBC website.

17th April 2007

ONU Secretary-General calls for unity against climate change, better access to resources. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a “long-term global response” to deal with climate change, along with unified efforts involving the Security Council, Member States and other international bodies to deal with the problem of scare resources, warning that countries’ lack of access to water, energy and other essentials can lead to conflict.

Addressing the Security Council’s open debate on energy, security and climate, Mr. Ban pointed to recent UN evidence showing not only that the planet’s warming is unequivocal but also that its impact is clearly noticeable, and “beyond doubt that human activities have been contributing considerably to it.”

Read more news on ONU website or read an article on www.reuters.com

16th-17th April 2007

The 5th meeting of Transnational Technical Board was held in Vienna, Austria. During the meeting the partners discussed about the framework of two important databases and shared first opinions about the agenda of the International Governance Conference on politics integrations that will be held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 19th October 2007.

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16th April 2007

United Nations Forum on Forests seeks to finalize new international agreement at headquarters 16th-27th April.
Over 500 delegates from Governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society are participating in the United Nations Forum on Forests next week at United Nations Headquarters. The meeting, which runs from 16 to 27 April, is expected to result in a landmark international agreement on sustainable management of the world’s forests. The new agreement will represent a turning point in international efforts to strengthen and coordinate global forest policies.

The meeting comes at a time of growing global recognition on the role of forests in stabilizing climate change, protecting biodiversity and in the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people who depend on them. In 2006, Member States agreed on four shared global objectives on forests, reflecting the strong political commitment to advance sustainable forest management, curb deforestation and enhance the contribution of forests to the achievement of international development goals. Current efforts have helped many countries stem the tide of centuries of deforestation through forest planting and restoration, but further global action is needed.

More information on the seventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests including session documents, the organization of work and the list of side events, can be found at www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html

10th April 2007

It may have become the penance of choice for the environmentally conscious individual, but planting trees to offset carbon emissions could contribute to global warming if they are planted outside the tropics, scientists believe.
They argue that most forests do not have any overall effect on global temperature but, by the end of the century, forests in the mid and high latitudes could make their parts of the world more than 3C warmer than would have occurred if the trees did not exist.

Read the complete article on The Guardian

6th April 2007

Today is published the Summary for policy makers of the "Working Group II Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report Climate Change 2007".
The report reaches the following conclusions:

  • Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases.
  • A global assessment of data since 1970 has shown it is likely that anthropogenic warming has had a discernible influence on many physical and biological systems.
  • Other effects of regional climate changes on natural and human environments are emerging, although many are difficult to discern due to adaptation and non-climatic drivers.

The report reviews what can be said about future impacts on various ecological services and economic sectors, and by geographic regions, and over different time frames. The report states that some large-scale climate events have the potential to cause very large impacts, especially after the 21st century.

You can download the summary here and find more information on the IPPC official website: http://www.ipcc.ch/

3rd April 2007

The 5th meeting of Transnational Technical Board is convened on Monday, 16th April 2007 at 3.00 pm in Vienna, Austria. The meeting is expected to be finished on Tuesday, 17th April ,early afternoon. The meeting will be hosted by the Austrian Partner CERE and will be held at the hotel "Am Schottenfeld".

2nd April 2007

Today starts up the 8th Session of Working Group II, 2-5 April 2007 in Brussels, Belgium.
The Working Group II contribution to the "Climate Change 2007" Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be presented in Brussels on 6 April 2007.

The report assesses the latest scientific, environmental and socio-economic literature on "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability". It provides a comprehensive analysis of how climate change is affecting natural and human systems, what the impacts will be in the future and how far adaptation and mitigation can reduce these impacts. The report also contains chapters on specific systems, sectors and regions.

The 8th Plenary session of Working Group II (WGII) will gather government delegates from more than one hundred countries, together with the WGII Lead Authors, to accept the Report and approve its Summary for Policymakers.

The IPCC has three Working Groups and a Task Force

  • Working Group I assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.
  • Working Group II assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it.
  • Working Group III assesses options for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and otherwise mitigating climate change.
  • The Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is responsible for the IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme.

29th March 2007

In the document section, you can find the final version of the “COMMON TRANSNATIONAL GUIDELINES ON HOW TO MATCH MODELS”, an important output of Carbon Pro project. The document aspires to show some available models and their characteristics in order to help policy makers and whoever wants to approach carbon balance to find a starting point for analysis and measurements.

9 March 2007

EU faces tough decisions on climate change and renewables: as European leaders gather in Brussels for the Spring Summit, a row on renewable energy threatens to taint EU attempts to show that it leads the world in the fight against climate change.
Leaders from the EU's 27 member states made history as they gather for the EU's Spring Summit, by agreeing to ambitious plans to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.
European Union leaders agreed that a fifth of the energy used by 2020 will come from renewable sources like the sun and the wind and they challenged the rest of the world to follow.

Read some articles on Spiegel International, on New York Times an on Corriere della Sera.

28 February - 1 March 2007

The World Sustainable Energy Days, the largest annual conference in this field in Europe, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy production and use, covering energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport.
The event, held in Wels (Austria) is organized by the O.Ö. Energiesparverband, an energy agency with the mission of promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and offers a unique combination of events: European Pellets Conference, European Energy Efficiency Conference, Conference "Energy Future 2030", seminar "Rural Development & Sustainable Energy", technical site visits and poster presentation.
At the event will be present the lead partner of Carbon Pro, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, with a presentation poster.
For more information: www.wsed.at

26th February 2007

Implementation of Emissions Trading Scheme still not fully aligned in UE: further alignment of operating procedures of the Emissions Trading Scheme is still possible, according to a report released by the European Environment Agency today. The report, 'Application of the Emissions Trading Directive by EU Member States' also says that in many cases it has been difficult for Member States to stick to the time table for reporting and verification. Read more and download the Report on the European Environment Agency official website.

25th February 2007

On March 5-6th, at Marriott Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California will be held the Second Global CO2 Cap-and-Trade Forum – Pacific”, an event covering policy, regulatory issues, and practical emissions reduction solutions with international emissions markets and CO2 mitigation experts at the forefront of the efforts sharing their experiences and observations. Over 100 chief decision makers, key strategists, and policy makers from Public and Private sector cross-industry companies gathered a the 2006 Global CO2 Cap-and-Trade Forum agreed that the eyes of the world rest squarely on the U.S. and the ongoing regional CO2 emissions reduction efforts. Read more in the website.

22-23rd February 2007

The second meeting of TPMU(Transnational Project Management Unit) and the fourth meeting of TTB (Transnational Technical Board) were held in Venice at Palazzo Balbi. During the meetings the partners plan the activities to carry on during next months, especially field measurements and working boards with local, regional and national stakeholders.

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22nd February 2007

Veneto Region publishes a PRESS RELEASE about Carbon Pro project, on the occasion of TTB meeting in Venice. The press release describes the project objectives and the foreseen results. You can read it on the official website of Veneto Region (in Italian)

16th February 2007

SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL!!!!

The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations treaty on climate change went into effect on Feb 16, 2005, after Russia became the 55th nation to ratify it. Since then, 169 countries, representing virtually the entire world, have joined, including China.

15th February 2007

Climate change: Commissioner Dimas urges start of negotiations on global agreement to succeed Kyoto: to mark tomorrow's second anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol's entry into force, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas called for the international community to begin negotiations urgently on a comprehensive global climate change treaty that would succeed Kyoto when its targets expire in 2012. Read the official press release.

14-16th February 2007

The twenty-ninth Meeting of the CDM-EB will take place from 14 to 16 February 2007 at UNFCCC Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Live- and on-demand webcast will be made available as of Wednesday, 14 February 2007. Read more on the official Meeting page.

12th February 2007

The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) registered its 500th project on Monday, an 8.75 megawatt wind farm in Gujarat, India. The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15.300 tons annually. Read the press release.

9th February 2007

Commission strengthens environmental protection through criminal law, abolishing "safe havens" of environmental crime.
The European Commission today proposed a directive that obliges Member States to treat serious offences against the environment as criminal acts and to ensure that they are effectively sanctioned. It also sets minimum sanctions for environmental crimes across the Member States. Offences such as the illegal emission of hazardous substances into the air, water or soil, the illegal shipment of waste, or the illegal trade in endangered species can have devastating effects on human health and the environment. They also undermine the efficiency of EU environment legislation. Read official press release

9th February 2007

Veneto Region is glad to inform that the next meeting of the Transnational Project Management Unit (TPMU) is convened on Thursday 22 February 2007, from 15:00. The meeting of the Transnational Technical Board is convened on Friday 23 February 2007, from 09:30. Both the meetings will be held in Venice (Italy) at the Pedenin Room (Sala Pedenin) at Palazzo Balbi, the historic building on the Canal Grande which hosts the Headquarters of the Region of Veneto.

2nd February 2007

IPCC adopts major assessment of climate change science. Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers of the first volume of "Climate Change 2007", also known as the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

"Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis", assesses the current scientific knowledge of the natural and human drivers of climate change, observed changes in climate, the ability of science to attribute changes to different causes, and projections for future climate change.

The report was produced by some 600 authors from 40 countries. Over 620 expert reviewers and a large number of government reviewers also participated. Representatives from 113 governments reviewed and revised the Summary line-by-line during the course of this week before adopting it and accepting the underlying report.

The Summary can be downloaded in English from www.ipcc.ch and http://ipcc-wg1.ucar.edu A webcast of the final press conference has also been posted. The Summary will be available in Arabic, Chinese French, Russian and Spanish at a later date. The full underlying report will be published in English by Cambridge University Press.

29th January 2007

An exclusive article about the draft copy of the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is on-line on the "The Independent" website. The draft of the Report says that global temperature rises this century of between 2C and 4.5C are almost inevitable. Ominously, however, it also says that much higher increases of 6C "or more" cannot be ruled out. The final version of the IPCC's latest report is to be published on Friday but the draft copy, seen by The Independent, makes it clear that climate change could be far worse than previously thought because of potentially disastrous "positive" feedbacks which could accelerate rising temperatures Read all the article on "The Independent" website

28th January 2007

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos wrapped up Sunday with climate change firmly at the centre stage of debate. In 17 sessions related to global warming, the Forum gathered the world's top academics, business leaders, NGO representatives, UN agency chiefs, politicians and many others in order to advance the discussion and explore practical opportunities for progress through partnership. The meeting clearly illustrated the deepening commitment of business to engage other groups in addressing this issue. Read more on official forum website.

27th January 2007

Tony Blair has told the World Economic Forum a major breakthrough on long-term climate change goals could be close. He said "Without the biggest economies being part of the framework to reduce carbon dependence, we have no earthly chance of success". Read the article on BBC website.

26th January 2007

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign: "Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign". People, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007. Read more on official website.

24th January 2007

Climate change is high on the agenda at Davos
With 17 sessions on climate change, this year's Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum will be one of the "greenest" ever at Davos. Dominic Waughray, Head of Environmental Initiatives at the Forum, says “We are getting huge demand from our members to place climate change and issues of environmental security at the very heart of the programme of the World Economic Forum. The companies represented at the Annual Meeting have a combined turnover of about US$ 10 trillion – nearly a quarter of global GDP – so catalysing their deeper engagement in this issue can only be a good thing for all of us.”
Read more on official forum website: www.weforum.org/en/index.htm

18th January 2007

The UK government is to set standards for carbon offsetting schemes to bring "greater clarity" to the industry. The move comes as an increasing number of consumers try to limit the environmental impact of actions such as driving a car or flying by plane. However, carbon offsetting schemes have been attacked for a lack of transparency and inconsistent prices. Environment Secretary David Miliband said the voluntary standards would help consumers pick "genuine" projects.
(read the article on BBC website)

11th January 2007

Saving 20% by 2020: European Commission unveils its Action Plan on Energy Efficiency.

As a major step toward meeting the unprecedented energy challenges facing the EU, the European Commission presented its Energy Efficiency Action Plan in October 2006. The Plan contains a package of priority measures covering a wide range of cost-effective energy efficiency initiatives. These include actions to make energy appliances, buildings, transport and energy generation more efficient. Stringent new energy efficiency standards, promotion of energy services, specific financing mechanisms to support more energy efficient products are proposed. The Commission will furthermore set a Covenant of Mayors of the 20-30 most pioneering cities in Europe and will propose an international agreement on energy efficiency. Altogether, over 75 measures are set forth (read official press release ) (read an article on www.reuters.com )

8th January 2007

European citizens know very little about the importance of energy policy in their daily lives and do not see the need for research on energy efficiency, according to a Eurobarometer survey presented on 8 January 2007.
Read an article or download the full text of Energy Technologies Eurobarometer

21st December 2006

Carbon Pro staff wish you a Merry Christmas and an happy 2007!!!!

19th December 2006

On 10th January 2007 a delegation of Carbon Pro project will meet in Graz some experts of Joanneum Research of Austria in order to define a collaboration within the project activities.

19th December 2006

The section “document” has been updated! You can find project’s materials and some articles about Kyoto Protocol and Carbon balance. This section is constantly updated and everyone can send us material that will be publish after the control of technical board.

11-12th December 2006

The third meeting of TTB (Transnational Technical Board) was held in Budapest. During the meeting the partners validated two common databases, presented their local research centres for the dissemination of project activities and decided what type of measurements will be carried out during next months.

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20th November 2006

The third meeting of TTB (Transnational Technical Board) will be held the 11-12th of December 2006. The meeting will start at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 11th and finish on 12 a.m. on Tuesday 12th , in Budapest.

14th-18th November 2006

Two members of Carbon-Pro Transnational Technical Board (Alessandro Peressotti from Udine University and Laszlo Haszpra from Hungarian Meteorological service) are present at Open Science Conference on the GHG Cycle in the Northern Hemisphere at Sissi-Lassithi, Crete.

During the conference, organized in the framework of some important research projects (CarboEurope, Nitroeurope, CarboOcean and Global Carbon), they present Carbon Pro to the community of Carbon researchers.

10th November 2006

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