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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slight rises in temperatures are triggering rainforest trees to produce more flowers, reports a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Reaching forest sustainability is a challenge that could benefit from recently developed modelling tools designed to assist policy makers in their decisions
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
To promote biodiversity and ecological stability, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging the public to get involved in planting trees.
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.
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.
Vietnamese conservationists have accused that officials and businesses are using the excuse of "economic development" to pose major deforestation threat to Vietnam.
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.
The world's largest REDD+ project has finally been given the go-ahead by the Indonesian government after spending three years in limbo.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The state Biodiversity Board’s initiative, Shanthi Sthal, involving creation of man-made forests in private lands, is catching up.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.