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#109338
2016-07-27

Forests and Crops Make Friendly Neighbors in Costa Rica

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.

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#109284
2016-07-26

Why helping civil society investigate illegal timber is about much more than protecting forests and forest peoples

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.

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#109291
2016-07-26

Korea seeks to share reforestation skills at WFC in 2021

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.

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#109261
2016-07-25

On eve of Olympics, Amazon deforestation surges in Brazil

Preliminary data suggests deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be on the rise after years of remaining at historic lows.

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#109268
2016-07-25

Can't see the wood for the climbers: Vines threatening tropical forests

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.

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#109242
2016-07-22

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.

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#109188
2016-07-18

Bridging the gap between forestry and agriculture to improve food security

FAO calls for better coordination between the two sectors towards sustainable farming systems and forest management

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#109158
2016-07-14

Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging

Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.

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#109146
2016-07-13

Forest conservation can offset emissions from palm oil expansion in Africa: Study

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 ...

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#109079
2016-07-04

Don’t Let Your Tires Destroy the World’s Forests

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.

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#109059
2016-06-30

Watching a forest breathe

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 ...

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#109046
2016-06-29

'Rule-breaker' forests in Andes, Amazon revealed by remote spectral sensing

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.

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#109049
2016-06-29

Benefits of Community Forest Management in Madagascar not evenly distributed: report

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 ...

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#109053
2016-06-29

Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversity

Forest loss in the Amazon continues, but over the last decade, it has largely been slowing down in Brazil.

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#109013
2016-06-27

'Sweet business' of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe's forests

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.

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#109017
2016-06-27

Kenya: Players Begin Plans to Increase Kenya's Forest Cover

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.

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#108997
2016-06-23

Forest Fires Can Heat Up the Whole Planet

A monster forest fire that began in early May is still burning in Canada’s vast, isolated north woods.

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#108966
2016-06-22

Significant humus loss in forests of the Bavarian Alps

Alpine forests will be at great risk should weather phenomena such as droughts and torrential rain become more frequent.

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#108923
2016-06-17

Sewage effluent fights desertification in Egypt

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.

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#108925
2016-06-17

With new Norway-US forest cooperation, support grows to save forests by offsetting flights

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.

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#108849
2016-06-08

European forest trees show high levels of biodiversity within one tree species

EU researchers have found that a single tree species may perform many different ecosystem activities, meaning that biodiversity is both between and within species.

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#108850
2016-06-08

Bhutan’s forests the last Himalayan biodiversity refugia

Environment: Wildlife conservation in the region is proving increasingly difficult mainly due to loss of forest to various activities, forest officials said.

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#108856
2016-06-08

Tallest known tropical tree discovered in Malaysia’s lost world

Behold the giant. The world’s tallest known tropical tree has been discovered in a rainforest in Malaysia, measuring a whopping 89.5 metres.

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#108823
2016-06-06

More is better: Diversity, number of soil animals determine leaf decomposition in the forest

Small animals that decompose fallen leaves in the forest form complex food webs and are essential to a functioning ecosystem.

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#108824
2016-06-06

10 reasons to be optimistic for forests on World Environment Day

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.

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#108815
2016-06-03

Why Protecting Canada’s Boreal Forest is This Century’s Great Conservation Idea

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.

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#108794
2016-06-02

New palm oil figures: Biodiesel use in EU fueling deforestation

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.

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#108801
2016-06-02

Genetic diversity important for plant survival when nitrogen inputs increase

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.

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#108773
2016-06-01

Here’s what’s driving deforestation in South America

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.

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#108783
2016-06-01

Accounting reveals that Costa Rica’s forest wealth is greater than expected

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.

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#108735
2016-05-31

SE Asia’s damaged peat swamps could release 8.7 gigatons of CO2

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.

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#108765
2016-05-31

Nepal assesses forests for maximum carbon credits

[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.

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#108693
2016-05-24

How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation

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.

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#108686
2016-05-23

Rubber Plantations Contribute To Reduced Ant Biodiversity

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.

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#108688
2016-05-23

Biodiversity conservation policies in tropical forests threaten the livelihood of indigenous peoples

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 ...

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#108653
2016-05-19

Gabon moves to share forestry profits with local forest communities

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.

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#108637
2016-05-18

Last stand for Europe's remaining ancient forest as loggers prepare to move in

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

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#108639
2016-05-18

Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests

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’

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#108632
2016-05-17

In Latin America, Forests May Rise to Challenge of Carbon Dioxide

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.

News Headlines
#108606
2016-05-16

Poaching of old forest elephant matriarchs threatens rainforests

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

News Headlines
#108593
2016-05-13

Is there any point in planting new trees?

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?

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#108544
2016-05-11

Who is really bearing the cost of REDD+? The answer may surprise you

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 ...

News Headlines
#108508
2016-05-09

The NSW government is choosing to undermine native vegetation and biodiversity

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.

News Headlines
#108509
2016-05-09

Zimbabwe: Authorities Step Up Action... As Wildfires Feed Climate Change Cycle

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.

News Headlines
#108494
2016-05-06

How forest management helps lay the conditions for wildfires

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

News Headlines
#108505
2016-05-06

Biodiversity hotspot vegetation in decline

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.

News Headlines
#108456
2016-05-03

UK wins satellite contract to 'weigh' Earth's forests

British industry is to lead the construction of a satellite that will weigh all the world's trees.

News Headlines
#108426
2016-04-29

The challenges of conserving tropical forests

From industrial concessions to community forests, new research looks at what constitutes responsible forest management.

News Headlines
#108427
2016-04-29

Brazil losing forest the size of two soccer fields per minute

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.

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#108413
2016-04-28

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

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.

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