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#111214
2016-12-03

Management of pine beetle not working

A method to control the spread of mountain pine beetles -- pheromone baiting -- may actually help the pest's population increase, UBC research shows.

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#111188
2016-12-02

CIFOR Day at USAID: Integrating biodiversity and forests into key development objectives

USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (FAB) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) teamed up this past October to host series of seminars focused on integrating biodiversity and forests into diverse development objectives including food security, the fight against zoono ...

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#111175
2016-12-01

Deforestation spikes in Brazilian Amazon

Illegal land clearing hits highest levels since 2008 as environmental policies come under attack.

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#111164
2016-11-30

Nigeria: Deforestation, Agric Causing Land, Habitat Deterioration - Minister

The Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, has decried the severe cases of land degradation and deterioration of habitat for migratory birds due to deforestation resulting from wood-fuel, energy and housing activities.

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#111123
2016-11-28

Ancient hunter-gatherer tribe protects traditional forest with help from carbon trading

YAEDA VALLEY, Tanzania – “Carbon,” said Mzee Sinze while sitting in the shade of an ancient, giant Baobab tree. “Carbon is very important to us Hadzabe.”

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#111133
2016-11-28

Scientists say North should commit to pay for forest conservation in South

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- If the Paris Agreement is to be honored, countries in the Global North must commit to fund conservation efforts in the Global South. That is the conclusion of Bard Harstad, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Oslo.

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#111086
2016-11-25

Richer forest biodiversity could rake in billions

Biodiversity is not just a conservationist ideal, it is a high-value strategy, according to new research. It makes forests more productive, and could deliver up to $500bn a year in wealth across the planet.

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#111087
2016-11-25

In search of pit vipers

The forest is dark and damp as the sun struggles hard to break through the leaves. During the monsoon, incessant rain batters the dense forest canopy, rainwater drips to form trickling streams where the mist plays hide and seek. This is the enchanting forest of the Western Ghats, known as a biod ...

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#111102
2016-11-25

Africa’s tallest tree measuring 81m found on Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s definitely a contender. Africa’s tallest indigenous tree – measuring a whopping 81.5 metres – has been discovered in a remote valley on the continent’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

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#111047
2016-11-24

Borneo jungle becomes test lab for studying link between forest restoration and human health

University of Western Australia Albany research scientist Peter Speldewinde has holidayed in Sabah, a Malaysian state in northern Borneo, for 16 years.Until last year, he had no idea a pilot revegetation program in a local jungle offered a dream opportunity to investigate how forest restoration ...

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#111050
2016-11-24

Gemstone mining puts Madagascar's protected rain forests under siege

The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur. There is a different noise now: the chopping of trees, digging of gravel, and cheers of encouragement from the thousands of illegal miners who have flooded to these forests since s ...

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#111010
2016-11-23

New dominant ant species discovered in Ethiopia shows potential for global invasion

A team of scientists conducting a recent biodiversity survey in the ancient church forests of Ethiopia made an unexpected discovery -- a rather infamous ant species (Lepisiota canescens) displaying signs of supercolony formation. The discovery is significant for two reasons. First, supercolony f ...

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#110991
2016-11-22

Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that "cutting trees is bad for the environment." While true that global forest loss has environmental implications, sustainably managed working forests can provide impressive climate benefits i ...

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#111001
2016-11-22

Small-scale farming threatens rainforests in Sumatra

Rainforest cover in the Indonesian archipelago has since declined rapidly in recent years giving way to large-scale plantations of rubber and oil palm. A recent study published in Nature Communications finds that small-scale farming can be just as damaging to biodiversity as the plantations, sin ...

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#110970
2016-11-21

INDONESIA’S LEUSER ECOSYSTEM, A TREASURE TROVE OF BIODIVERSITY THREATENED BY PALM OIL

Iep Diah still misses the forests that used to cover the gentle hills near her home in the district of Aceh Tamiang, in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. “There used to be hundreds of different trees here,” recalls this 40-year-old woman. Today, however, only one can be seen on thos ...

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#110972
2016-11-21

Researchers develop new silvicultural treatments to achieve sustainable management of canadian boreal forest

Canada has the third largest area of forest in the world, covering 402 million ha. The country thus plays an important role in timber production and in the global carbon cycle.

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#110925
2016-11-17

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns

Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.

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#110898
2016-11-16

Walnut trees for future generations

The largest naturally grown walnut forest in the world provides a livelihood for many people - but the forest is slowly dying. A new sustainable approach is supposed to save it.

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#110853
2016-11-15

Are conservation policies a driver of deforestation in Tanzania?

Deforestation in Tanzania is often attributed to unsustainable charcoal production, shifting cultivation, overgrazing and illegal timber harvesting. This is, for instance, the case in The REDD Desk’s resource on Tanzania, but is also reflected in many other popular scientific and media articles.

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#110854
2016-11-15

The People of Ethiopia's Forests

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Like many countries, there is money in Ethiopia’s forestry sector – both regulated and unregulated. The most recent official figures from Global Forest Watch show that the country’s forestry sector contributed $893.7 million to the economy in 2011, or about 3.2 percent of ...

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#110860
2016-11-15

Hope for forests at COP22

COP22 has revealed signs of real momentum toward an effective role for tropical forests in achieving a low carbon future, writes Tony Juniper. Now for the hard bit - connecting with realities on the ground to make it happen. This will mean working with indigenous and other forest communities to ...

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#110867
2016-11-15

Is Logging Liquidating Biodiversity in Indiana Forests?

An inventory of Indiana's older forests already has identified more than 1,250 species, with hundreds more still being tallied. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

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#110826
2016-11-14

World’s Tallest Tropical Tree is Higher than the Statue of Liberty

In June this year, Malaysia claimed history for having the tallest tropical tree in the world, a Yellow Meranti in Malaysian Borneo standing at 89.5 meters. Five months later, the record was shattered.

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#110813
2016-11-11

Industry, NGOs agree to single approach to eliminating deforestation from palm oil supply chain

As palm oil has become one of the most in-demand global commodities over the past several years, oil palm plantations have proliferated quickly throughout the tropics. Oil palm is currently grown in more than 40 countries, and these operations are often associated with high levels of deforestati ...

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#110755
2016-11-07

Bushmeat hunting drives biodiversity declines in Central Africa

Hunting has dramatically reduced wildlife biodiversity in forests near rural villages in the Central African nation of Gabon, a new Duke University-led study finds.

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#110734
2016-11-04

The “dry” tropical forests are dying.

A scientist based at the University of Alberta will be travelling to the major international climate summit in Morocco for COP-22. Arturo Sanchez research is focussed on the little studied area of the world’s “dry” tropical forests and their role in carbon sequestration. He says a major drought ...

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#110719
2016-11-03

Nations Come Together to Save Kenya’s Disappearing Coastal Forests

WITU, Kenya – Dense green foliage flanks the dusty, heavily potholed road in Witu Forest, a protected area on the Kenyan coast about 75 kilometers from the city of Lamu. Comprising native shrubs, grasses, and trees, the area has so far escaped the massive deforestation that has befallen much of ...

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#110722
2016-11-03

How effective are tropical forest conservation policies?

Numerous types of forest conservation policies are being implemented in the tropics today. Alongside traditional instruments like protected areas, incentives like integrated conservation and development programs, certification schemes, and payments for environmental services (PES) are also being ...

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#110632
2016-10-28

Forests and finance trends — role of forests in meeting the Paris climate targets

While the Paris agreement solidified the role forests play in the fight against climate change, a recent report indicates that forest carbon trading is not working in developing countries and that voluntary carbon markets remained stagnant amid flagging demand in 2015.

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#110586
2016-10-26

Logged but not out: Altered landscapes important for conservation

Ecologists have struggled to peg a value to logged forests for the plants and animals that call them home.

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#110592
2016-10-26

Understanding the ways we use wildlife

Congo Basin - Evidence of Pygmy culture in sub-Saharan Africa dates back more than 20,000 years. With forests playing an integral role in Pygmy lives, a traditional diet staple and source of protein is wild meat – also known as bushmeat.

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#110559
2016-10-24

Iran: 100,000 Hectares of Forests Lost to Exploitation each Year. Will 10 Year Respite Help?

INU - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) published an article about the critical condition of the forests in Iran.

News Headlines
#110498
2016-10-19

Latin America's Forests Must Be Protected: UN

Climate change is expected to impact food availability and access in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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#110499
2016-10-19

Forest areas increase in Azerbaijan

Forestry in Azerbaijan is a major environmental resource and plays an important role in life of people, especially rural. Forests support human wellbeing in many ways, including timber production, wildlife habitat, air quality, soil protection, carbon storage and recreation.

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#110432
2016-10-14

Uganda targets to restore forest cover from 15% to 24% by 2040

The country director UNDP for Uganda, Almaz Gebru, has said Ugandans have destroyed forests through charcoal burning. “The loss in central forest reserves and other protected areas was at 12% (from 1.47 million hectares to 1.3 million hectares).

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#110407
2016-10-12

Opinion: Alberta’s caribou conservation plan is a visionary first step

In June of 2016, Premier Rachel Notley’s government released a bold conservation plan for one of Alberta’s most challenging environmental problems – woodland caribou.

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#110410
2016-10-12

Study: Deforestation in Amazon going undetected by Brazilian monitors

"We show evidence that landowners are working around it in ways that are destroying important forests," research Leah VanWey said of Brazil's deforestation monitoring system.

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#110360
2016-10-11

Ever considered buying a forest?

The idea of buying a forest sounds about as realistic as buying an island, but the Remscheid-based project 'Wald 2.0' gives everyone the chance to have a bit of their own woodland. All for the common good.

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#110345
2016-10-07

Despite conservation efforts, Tanzania’s forests still under pressure

From huge expanses of Acacia trees to ancient Baobab trees, forests and woodlands cover more than half of Tanzania’s rugged landscape. In this East African nation, forests help fuel the national economy and provide sanctuary for the country’s abundant wildlife.

News Headlines
#110347
2016-10-07

Peru’s REDD+ conservation efforts paying off

Peru is home to around one tenth of the Amazon rainforest, the second largest block after Brazil. It’s also the best carbon mapped nation in the world thanks to the work of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory which found that Peru’s forests’ store more carbon than the United States emitted in 2014.

News Headlines
#110349
2016-10-07

Study Challenges Assumptions on Borneo Deforestation

Home to a dizzying array of endemic flora and fauna, Borneo’s rainforests are among the globe’s most precious

News Headlines
#110313
2016-10-05

Brazil revises Amazon deforestation 6% upward

The Brazilian government has revised upward its estimate for the extent of Amazon rainforest destroyed last year.

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#110320
2016-10-05

Warning to forest destroyers: this scientist will catch you

Matthew Hansen uses satellites to spot deforestation as it happens.

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#110299
2016-10-04

Victory for forests: Rosewood gets enhanced protection at wildlife summit

The multi-billion-dollar rosewood trade has wreaked havoc on some of the world’s most endangered old-growth forests. But now, protection for rosewood — the most trafficked wild product in the world — has received a boost.

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#110283
2016-10-03

Campaign launched in Italy to preserve forests that produce world's most expensive truffle

A campaign has been launched in Italy to save the forests that produce one of the world’s most prized culinary treasures – the white truffle.

News Headlines
#110245
2016-09-29

Furniture that destroys forests: crackdown on 'rampant' trade in rosewood

Cites summit moves to protect the world’s most trafficked wild product by placing all 300 species of the tree under trade restrictions

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#110247
2016-09-29

Cocaine Not to Blame for Western Amazon Forest Loss, Study Says

RIO DE JANEIRO — Infrastructure projects designed to open the western Amazon for investment are to blame for deforestation in parts of Peru, Colombia and Bolivia — not coca production, researchers said Wednesday.

News Headlines
#110229
2016-09-28

Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

With the disbanding of Colombia’s largest military guerrilla group, FARC, Colombia’s forests could come under pressure from developmental goals. Home to almost 10 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, Colombia is listed as a “megadiverse” country by the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is ...

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#110233
2016-09-28

China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

The world’s largest reforestation scheme may offer only marginal benefits for — or diminish — biodiversity, a study released earlier this month in Nature Communications revealed.

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#110235
2016-09-28

Elements, Humans Put Eastern European Forests Under Stress

Climate change, acid rain, excessive logging and pest infestation threaten forests in many parts of the world, including Eastern Europe. Local authorities are fighting back, and some of them are even seeking help from international environmental organizations.

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