SAN JOSE, Jul 26 2016 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.
Sam Lawson is the founder of Earthsight, a London-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote the use of in-depth investigations to expose environmental and social crime, injustice and the links to global consumption. The views expressed here are his own.
The Olympics is to sports what the World Forestry Congress is to the forestry sector. At the 14th WFC in South Africa, the Korea Forest Service expressed its willingness to bid for the upcoming WFC, which will take place in 2021.
Preliminary data suggests deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be on the rise after years of remaining at historic lows.
Woody climbing vines, known as lianas, are preventing tropical forests from recovering and are hampering the ability of forests to store carbon, scientists are warning.
A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.
FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.
A new paper published in the journal Conservation Letters suggests that if the governments of tropical African countries were to enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation, they could largely offset the emissi ...
The way we move goods and people touches the planet. Every mile we drive delivers pollutants that are fundamentally altering the world’s oceans, forests and our water resources.
For the first time, scientists traced carbon dioxide flows through a forest during photosynthesis and respiration, correcting long-standing assumptions about how plants exchange the greenhouse gas with the atmosphere on an ecosystem-wide level. The results could help make climate prediction mode ...
It turns out that forests in the Andean and western Amazonian regions of South America break long-understood rules about how ecosystems are put together, according to new research.
Community Forest Management (CFM) is an increasingly popular approach to conserving forests worldwide, due to the fact that involving the local community that uses and lives within the forests helps avoid the negative impacts of forest protection on forest-dependent communities and even often im ...
Forest loss in the Amazon continues, but over the last decade, it has largely been slowing down in Brazil.
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme.
Stakeholders in forestry initiatives have endorsed a new plan that outlines specific measures to be undertaken across sectors to increase Kenya's forest cover to 10 per cent in the next 15 years.
A monster forest fire that began in early May is still burning in Canada’s vast, isolated north woods.
Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent.
A forestry project in Egypt is using sewage effluent to nurture tree plantations in the desert, preventing desertification. The method has been so effective that it's attracted the interest of German forestry companies.
This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change through forest protection. The agreement supports efforts within the International Civil Aviation Organisation to utilise a market system with incentives to reduce deforestation.
EU researchers have found that a single tree species may perform many different ecosystem activities, meaning that biodiversity is both between and within species.
Environment: Wildlife conservation in the region is proving increasingly difficult mainly due to loss of forest to various activities, forest officials said.
Behold the giant. The world’s tallest known tropical tree has been discovered in a rainforest in Malaysia, measuring a whopping 89.5 metres.
Small animals that decompose fallen leaves in the forest form complex food webs and are essential to a functioning ecosystem.
It’s easy to be pessimistic about the state of the world’s forests. Rates of forest loss remain persistently high, especially in the tropics and boreal regions.
Historians would not consider 1916 a good year for the planet. The largest war the world had ever seen was raging in Europe, with millions of people killed and maimed and no end in sight.
Once touted by some as an eco-friendly fuel of the future, palm oil has surged forward on the back of so-called green credentials to become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures revealed this week.
Genetic diversity is important for plant species to persist in Northern forests that experience human nitrogen inputs. This is one conclusions that Franziska Bandau draws in her PhD thesis.
Halting deforestation is such a critical part of combating climate change that it was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article — yet few countries systematically monitor the drivers of deforestation within their borders.
Costa Rica’s forests are an incredible success story. Following decades of rampant tree clearing for agriculture and livestock production, Costa Rica implemented protective policies in the 1980s that allowed forests to make a remarkable comeback.
Clear-cut rainforests and homeless orangutans make for powerful images, but it’s what you don’t see — hidden just below the surface — that may be the most sinister threat from tropical development.
[KATHMANDU] Nepal has begun reassessing the state of forests in the politically sensitive southern Terai plains following a national woodlands survey, the results of which were published five months ago.
The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.
Researchers in Japan have found a sharp decline in the overall biodiversity of ants in a rubber plantation in China, shedding light on the impact of these developments on forest environments. Their findings were published in Ecological Monographs.
A new study of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) led by Dr Victoria Reyes-García recommends implementing biocultural conservation policies which take into account indigenous societies, their cultures and the changes they are ...
Fifteen years after making it the law of the land, Central African country Gabon has formally adopted a new guidance document produced by local communities and civil society groups that aims to help communities receive a share of profits from commercial timber harvesting.
Government plans to fell Poland’s Białowieża forest have divided families, led to death threats against green campaigners and allegations of an ‘environmental coup’ by government and state timber interests
More than 30 green groups sign statement after damning report says extending regional forestry agreements ‘would constitute an irrational decision on environmental, economic and social grounds’
A new study reports that recently established forests on abandoned farmland in Latin America, if allowed to grow for another 40 years, would probably be able to suck at least 31 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Scientists warn that killing of the oldest, wisest females -- the guardians of their community's forest and social knowledge- could cause cascading effects on ecosystem integrity
Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does it ever achieve anything useful?
Local and state government institutions in the jurisdictions where REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is being implemented are bearing financial burdens, says a forthcoming study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which might threaten t ...
While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite their claims, threaten biodiversity.
AS the dry season sets in, a season in which wildfires literally go wild, a joint public-private sector committee has begun mobilising resources to ramp up actions that prevent fires doing just that - going wild. Wildfires can be greatly destructive.
As flames rip through Alberta, we look at how putting out small fires can help to fuel increasingly catastrophic events as our climate gets hotter and drier
Vegetation growth in forests and shrublands of WA's global biodiversity hotspot are showing alarming declines, according to a recent study which found a quarter of the hotspot's woody vegetation had disappeared in the past 16 years.
British industry is to lead the construction of a satellite that will weigh all the world's trees.
From industrial concessions to community forests, new research looks at what constitutes responsible forest management.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Latin America's largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights, a former head of Brazil's forestry service has said.
Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.