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#94618
2013-07-17

New Software Tells Who's in the Forest and Who Isn't

Researchers have developed software that can listen to recordings of a rainforest and tell us what animals are there, and importantly, what animals are not. The new technology is free online for anyone to use and conservationists are taking advantage of it.

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#94634
2013-07-17

Billions lost to corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector, says report

Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday.

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#94583
2013-07-15

Quebec forest management puts wildlife at risk: biologist

A prominent biologist says that nature can cope with the destruction of thousands of hectares of forest that have burned in northern Quebec in recent weeks but she’s not so sure about the effects of human meddling.

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#94584
2013-07-15

Protection plan recommended for medicinal plant conservation areas

Western Ghats Task Force has recommended that a comprehensive protection and development plan be prepared for and implemented in the 13 existing medicinal plant conservation areas (MPCA) involving eco-restoration and people’s participation.

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#94587
2013-07-15

Why Disney is fighting deforestation in Peru

Segundo Guevara’s wooden cabin sits near the top of the lush mountain, surrounded by massive trees, sweet mist and -- of course -- coffee plantations, which emit a familiar sweet scent that seems exotic here on these steep hills.

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#94563
2013-07-12

Ivory Coast turns to brute force to save forests

SASSANDRA, Ivory Coast (AFP) - It was a brutal end to a long-term problem. Faced with the dilemma of trying to save a protected forest, which had become home to thousands of people, the Ivory Coast government turned to force.

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#94564
2013-07-12

Barangay in Benguet crafts own forest management plan

Seeing the urgency of preserving and protecting the communal forest from encroachment, commercialization, and land conversion, a barangay in the municipality of Sablan in Benguet has crafted its own forest management plan.

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#94548
2013-07-11

Green economy would highlight full value of forests

As more developing countries plan to make the transition to a green economy—defined as “low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive”—the spotlight is turning on the “true” value of forests.

News Headlines
#94540
2013-07-10

Rising temperatures are triggering rainforest trees to produce more flowers

Slight rises in temperatures are triggering rainforest trees to produce more flowers, reports a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

News Headlines
#94435
2013-06-28

Diana Tuomasjukka: taking care of forest futures

Reaching forest sustainability is a challenge that could benefit from recently developed modelling tools designed to assist policy makers in their decisions

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#94416
2013-06-27

Wolf Lake Ancient Forest Is Endangered Ecosystem

New research from the University of Guelph, published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, says that allowing industrial extraction in a northern Ontario old-growth red pine forest – the largest remaining in the world – would significantly threaten biodiversity in Canada.

News Headlines
#94418
2013-06-27

World’s tropical forests declining

The world’s primary forests have declined by almost four per cent in the past ten years with the vast majority of these losses in the tropics.However, in it’s latest interim report, the State of the Tropics grouping of 12 leading research institutions in 11 countries says the rate of loss in the ...

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#94389
2013-06-26

REDD+ emissions verification could lead to results-based aid financing

Concerns among developing countries about REDD+ “aid conditionality” — development aid payouts made based on achieving certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions — are creating a barrier in international climate negotiations, a new report states.

News Headlines
#94406
2013-06-26

Greenpeace launches series of case studies on forest certification standard

Activist group Greenpeace says it will publish a series of case studies highlighting examples of good and bad practice among operations certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an eco-standard for forest products.

News Headlines
#94327
2013-06-20

Nigeria: We Help Plan Conservation Strategies - Andrew Iloh

The war to save the planet cannot be won without plants as they play a very crucial role. Plants, along with algae and cyanobacteria, are essential for the planet to function properly hence the need to ensure their survival and conservation.

News Headlines
#94328
2013-06-20

B.C. First Nation sets fires to save bison

A First Nation band is reviving the age-old practice of controlled burning in order to improve the health of forests and restore the population of the wood bison in a corner of northeastern B.C.

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#94293
2013-06-18

Liberia: Internal Affairs Minister Proposes "Green Tourism" - to Protect Liberia's Rainforest

Highlighting global warming and climate change as real challenges and threats resulting from undue human and industrial misuse and abuse of the ever diminishing forest resource, Minister of Internal Affairs Morris Dukuly has proposed a national program to protect the forests of Liberia.

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#94281
2013-06-17

Logging may destabilize carbon in forest soils

Logging in temperate zones may release more greenhouse gases than previously thought by destabilizing carbon stored in forest soils, argues a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.

News Headlines
#94249
2013-06-14

Angola: Environment Ministry Presents Strategic Plan

Luanda — The Environment Ministry, through its Cross-border Committee, Thursday in Luanda, presented the Mayombe Forest Conservation Initiative Strategic Plan designed for the preservation of the ecosystems and forests.

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#94251
2013-06-14

US forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

(Phys.org) —In order to keep pace with the burgeoning demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must change to address environmental sustainability issues, according to an article by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.

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#94252
2013-06-14

Green Activists Sound Warning on Foreign Investments in Oil Palm Estates

Environmental activists have responded with alarm to new data showing Indonesia has the third-biggest area of land in the world given over to foreign control since 2000, warning of dire implications to the country’s rainforests, wildlife and indigenous communities.

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#94262
2013-06-14

Peru opens deforestation data to the public, shows drop in Amazon forest clearing

Peru has made its comprehensive deforestation data available to the public. The data shows that while more than 100,000 hectares have been cleared in the Peruvian Amazon on annual basis since 2005, the rate of clearing has slowed in recent years

News Headlines
#94183
2013-06-11

India losing 135 hectares forest daily: RTI

BANGALORE: Ever wondered why the country is fast losing its forest cover? The simple answer is that large tracts of forest land are being handed over to public and private agencies in the name of development projects.

News Headlines
#94163
2013-06-10

Tanzania: Eamcef - Enabling Tanzania's Heart Continue Pumping

HADIJA Mtungakoa, a 38- year-old mother of three, wears a broad smile as she prepares food on her energysaving stove. She explains joyfully how it has helped reduce her reliance on firewood she gathers from the nearby Amani Natural Reserve in Tanzania's Muheza District.

News Headlines
#94151
2013-06-07

Large-scale biodiversity is vital to maintain ecosystem health

Over the years ecologists have shown how biological diversity benefits the health of small, natural communities. New analysis by ecologists at UC Santa Cruz demonstrates that even higher levels of biological diversity are necessary to maintain ecosystem health in larger landscapes over long peri ...

News Headlines
#94101
2013-06-05

To save corals, save the forests

Paris - Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combating local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday.

News Headlines
#94102
2013-06-05

Gov’t targets 30K hectares for reforestation in Central Visayas

To promote biodiversity and ecological stability, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging the public to get involved in planting trees.

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#94083
2013-06-04

Threatened Frogs Palmed Off as Forests Disappear

Oil palm plantations in Malaysia are causing threatened forest frogs to disappear, paving the way for common species to move in on their turf, scientists have revealed.

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#94084
2013-06-04

Tanzania: Karibu Travel Turns Africa's 'Green' Show

A LOCAL company has helped to make the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair 2013 the first travel industry fair in Africa to offset unavoidable carbon emissions.

News Headlines
#94085
2013-06-04

Economic development' an excuse that threatens Vietnam's environment

Vietnamese conservationists have accused that officials and businesses are using the excuse of "economic development" to pose major deforestation threat to Vietnam.

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#94100
2013-06-04

P720-million German grants to boost protected area, forest management

THE Philippines is set to receive P720 million in grants from the German government for two environmental projects aimed at enhancing protected-area management and promoting a national system for emission reduction from deforestation and forest degradation.

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#94029
2013-06-03

World's largest REDD+ project approved in Indonesia

The world's largest REDD+ project has finally been given the go-ahead by the Indonesian government after spending three years in limbo.

News Headlines
#94041
2013-06-03

Shriveled seeds

Did the hunting of fruit-eating birds lead to the shriveling of tree seeds, asks the journal Science in its latest issue. This can damage, beyond previous estimates, already-stressed tropical rainforests.

News Headlines
#94013
2013-05-31

Clearing more land: we all lose

Last week the Queensland parliament passed laws relaxing land clearing and opening up national parks to cattle grazing. Victoria has proposed similar clearing changes. It’s no surprise more clearing is bad news for the environment, but it also has negative implications for farmers and the Federa ...

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#94014
2013-05-31

Indigenous carbon conservation project to start selling credits

An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits, reports Forest Trends, an NGO that helped support the project.

News Headlines
#94015
2013-05-31

Need to curb deforestation

Despite the significance of forests in helping preserve biodiversity, combating climate change and supporting people’s livelihoods, Pakistan has not paid much heed to protecting its forest cover since independence, which has resultantly been depleting at alarming rates.

News Headlines
#93974
2013-05-29

Ghana doomed if fails to curb illegal mining – Environment Minister

Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, on Wednesday warned that Ghana would be doomed if it fails to curb the alarming rate of environmental degradation caused by illegal mining.

News Headlines
#93954
2013-05-28

Oil palm threatens Minda coco industry.

RECENT news article citing Mindanao by various stakeholders as "oil palm hub" poses a great threat to the coconut industry, one of the island's major export products, according to the Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM), a research and advocacy organization based in Davao City.

News Headlines
#93957
2013-05-28

Renewable energy: Burning US trees in UK power stations

Swamp forests in the US are being felled to help keep the lights on in the UK. Is this really the best way to combat climate change?

News Headlines
#93932
2013-05-27

Stakeholders urge government to review forestry policy and regulations

The government has been advised to review its forestry policy and regulations to benefit the majority Tanzanians, because the current one favours minority group of people.

News Headlines
#93901
2013-05-24

Soon small plots will be evergreen forests

The state Biodiversity Board’s initiative, Shanthi Sthal, involving creation of man-made forests in private lands, is catching up.

News Headlines
#93761
2013-05-21

Plague of deforestation sweeps across south-east Asia

In 1968, during the six-month siege of Khe Sanh — one of the most bitterly fought battles of the Vietnam War — a special U.S. Air Force outfit flew defoliation missions. Called the Ranch Handers, their motto was: "Only you can prevent a forest."

News Headlines
#93749
2013-05-17

Researchers develop highest-resolution global forest cover dataset to date

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a 30-meter resolution forest cover data set that could boost efforts to track deforestation and forest degradation. 9

News Headlines
#93710
2013-05-16

Illegal roads abound in reserved forest areas

Chennai: While foresters ha­ve looked the other way, roads have been built without authorisation and in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

News Headlines
#93711
2013-05-16

Illegal Coal Mining Found In Protected Status Forest

Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. Police in Kutai Kartanegara have seized 1,100 metric tons of coal allegedly mined illegally from a protected forest, but have not made any arrests in the case.

News Headlines
#93712
2013-05-16

Gabon convicts environmentalist of defamation in palm oil case

An environmental activist in Gabon is facing jail time and a $10,000 fine over his campaign against a Singaporean agroindustrial giant's plan to develop tens of thousands of hectares in oil palm, timber, and rubber plantations in the Central African nation.

News Headlines
#93723
2013-05-16

Indonesia Forest-Clearing Ban Extended For 2 Years

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands, officials said Thursday. Environmentalists praised the move but said the government must do more to curb the nation's burgeoning production of greenhouse gases.

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#93676
2013-05-15

Dindigul’s forests fall to mafia’s axe

The Sirumalai reserve forest, a rare wildlife habitat and home to rare species of medicinal plants, is being denuded of its trees for large scale cultivation.

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#93679
2013-05-15

Are Doughnuts Destroying Forests?

Growing up in Chapel Hill, [North Carolina] I was always interested in nature and I tried to think of careers that could enable me to indulge that hobby. So when I was at UNC, I majored in zoology and thought about being a wildlife veterinarian as a way to be outside.

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#93686
2013-05-15

Indonesia officially extends forestry moratorium

The Indonesian government has officially extended its moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions in 65 million hectares of forests and peatlands for another two years.

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