BirdLife and ITTO agree to pursue common goals on tropical forests
By Martin Fowlie, Wed, 25/01/2012 - 08:54
BirdLife International and The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between ITTO and BirdLife International through activities relating to the conservation and sustainable use of tropical forest biodiversity in accordance with the work programmes of both organisations. Several areas for cooperation are identified in the agreement, including collaborative efforts to:
- identify, develop and support implementation of joint site-based projects (e.g. forest restoration, biodiversity safeguards in REDD+, improving local livelihoods);
- develop and support implementation of projects and best practices addressing global and regional drivers of deforestation;
- facilitate involvement of other relevant organisations and agencies in programme and project implementation;
- identify and mobilise relevant expertise for joint activities;
- develop and test monitoring approaches and indicators for deforestation, forest degradation and forest restoration; and
- organise awareness raising and educational activities to mobilise public support for forest conservation, restoration and sustainable management.
- The development and implementation of site based and/or demonstration projects in preventing deforestation and promoting forest restoration as part of both ITTO’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES) thematic programme and BirdLife International’s Forest of Hope Program.
- The development and implementation of joint awareness raising activities on the conservation of forest biodiversity.
- The development of a project for enhancing appropriate and robust biodiversity indicators for deforestation, forest degradation, and forest restoration.
- An international workshop on forest restoration.