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Friday January 30, 2015
Recent US-China agreement on post-2020 climate policy targets spurred an unusual wave of optimism during the Lima round of negotiations mediated by UNFCCC in December 2014. While 2 degree Centigrade stability target is still elusive due to the lack of deep GHG reduction commitments, Lima Declaration has clearly paved the way for a long term "broad but shallow" post-2020 treaty that will be likely signed in Paris round of UNFCCC negotiations in 2015. We'll discuss and evaluate different design elements of the international climate policy architecture evolving for the Paris Treaty such as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Mechanism for Loss and Damage.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.
Friday February 6, 2015
In this talk I will present projects fulfilled in the framework of the ENPI-FLEG Program - Improving Forest Law Enforcement and Governance in the European Neighborhood Policy East Countries and Russia” program which has been implemented in response to the growing problem of illegal forest activities in the participating countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) with the overall objective to contribute to establishing legal and sustainable forest management practices, strengthening the rule of law, and enhancing local livelihoods. Also the studies of the ongoing projects in the framework of the FLEG-2 Program focused on identification policies and instrument towards integration of forest ESs into process of policy formulation and decision making taking into account ecological sustainability and community well-being in a broad sense will be discussed. The case study in the Ukrainian Carpathians will illustrate the results of the studies.

Ihor Soloviy is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Ecological Economics and Management at Ukrainian National Forestry University.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.
Friday February 13, 2015
Small scale biomass gasification energy (BGE) systems have been developed to meet energy needs in rural areas, creating synergies between agricultural and agro-forestry systems through utilization of biomass feedstock for energy generation. Deandra will discuss her work to investigate and improve structural and process related characteristics of sustainability assessments for small scale bio-energy systems in Uganda.

Gund Teas are a weekly event at the Gund Institute. Each week there is a presenter(s) that will present on their research for 30 minutes, with the remainder of the time open for discussion amongst the group. Open to the public.

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