A new study by researchers from the National University of Singapore maps tropics where deforestation have the most and the least gains, and aims to guide policymakers to realise whether their deforestation strategies make economic sense.
Atlantic Forest, Gulf of Guinea and Thailand will benefit from forest conversion. Latin America, South-East Asia and Madagascar won’t see gains from conversion. Losses from deforestation is three times more than the gains from farm conversion.
In a village in the northern part of Indonesia's giant Sulawesi island, hunters pursue rare animals that are protected by the law. A local affiliate of NGO BirdLife International is working with locals to preserve the Popayato-Paguat forest block — and the dozens of endemic species within. The ...
A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.
Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has reached a new milestone by planting one billion trees in two years, exceeding a global commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land.
For the first time, researchers have calculated the financial contribution the forest makes to Cambodia's economy - an estimated US$129.84 million per annum.
Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the "fines and fences" approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded. More recently, conservationists have embraced the notion of "win-win": a dream world where people and nature thrive side ...
These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation data.
In a first of its kind study, Mizzou researchers find landowners receiving payments are decreasing deforestation, maintaining biodiversity.
The Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Monitoring cover technical and scientific approaches to optimizing inventory, statistical modelling and estimation, and remote sensing, and also include guidance on strategic planning and communication and dissemination of results. Forestry experts in Latin Am ...
FAO has developed new guidelines aimed at helping countries develop strong National Forest Monitoring Systems, which are key to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Forestry Commission is to roll out a forest monitoring programme that uses satellites to monitor activities in the country’s forest and protect it against degradation and other forms of destruction.
The study examined ‘initial intrusions’ into tropical forests and their effect on the threat status of species. The researchers found that deforestation at current rates in high-priority areas such as Borneo, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon could push 121 to 219 species closer to extinction in ...
Efforts to protect wildlife often focus on keeping forests and the habitat they represent from being cut down. But research published in the journal Nature last year suggested that forest degradation resulting from human activities is perhaps just as urgent a threat to biodiversity as deforestation.
Land plants are absorbing 17% more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere now than 30 years ago, our research published today shows. Equally extraordinarily, our study also shows that the vegetation is hardly using any extra water to do it, suggesting that global change is causing the world’s plants ...
Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the size of Austria every year. It is not demand from the forestry sector that is doing this. It is demand for commodities like beef, soy and palm oil. Most of our forests are being felled because of what’s ...
A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.
Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programs in the United States, according to a study released on Thursday.
Land clearance has risen over the last three years; a 29 percent increase was reported in 2016. Indigenous peoples in Brazil will now be able to map, in almost real time, the deforestation in the Amazon.
Jamaica's Dolphin Head Forest Reserve in Kingsvale, Hanover, received the silverware designating it one of the best examples of forest management throughout the Commonwealth a little over a week ago.
A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk published July 19 in the journal Nature shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching.
They were once a common sight in forests across the UK.But the lynx disappeared from our countryside 1,300 years ago, most likely due to hunting and deforestation.
The critters run through forest floors throughout the eastern United States, snatching up acorns and other tree seeds, berries and bugs.
The dry tropical forests of the Gran Chaco are disappearing faster than any other forests on earth, threatening endemic species and one of the last indigenous peoples living in isolation from industrialised society.
The European Commission announced on 13 July that it is referring Poland to Europe's highest court after the Polish government declined to roll back controversial new rules that permit more tree-felling in Białowieża — a biodiversity hotspot and the largest remaining patch of a primeval forest t ...
The familiarity of the unknown sometimes surprises us. Sitting under the sprawling shade of a tamarind tree, the Chhattisgarhi thali in front of me had that effect—a bowl of white steamed rice surrounded by sides of boiled and spiced cauliflower and potato, khatti bhaji (local leafy greens), sab ...
Part of Brazil’s most altered landscape has proven that it’s capable of regenerating after the effects of farming, timber plantations and ranching, according to a recent study. The research demonstrates for the first time that recovering areas in the savanna-anchored ecosystem known as the Brazi ...
Forests and natural vegetation absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide that’s emitted worldwide from industrial activities, transportation and electricity generation, making forests crucial in the fight against global warming.
Scientists found that certain species of trees will not rapidly advance uphill as global temperatures rise. In other words, subalpine forests will not follow the climate up the mountain.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 12 2017 (IPS) - According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 31.1 percent or about 337,000 hectares of Jamaica is forested. Of this, 26.1 percent or 88,000 is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest.
As we hike through the cool, low-canopied forest along a levada – a centuries-old water canal carved out of the mountainside – our guide talks effusively of a pigeon.
Two new Italian treasures were awarded Unesco World Heritage status at the weekend, and the country continues to boast more sites with the honour than anywhere else in the world.
The first two Albanian natural sites have received UNESCO protection as an extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests.
On July 10, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed the $6 million agreement to support the Government of Mozambique in its efforts to strengthen the sustainable management of its forest sector, promote good governance, improve forest concession systems, and enable ...
With an aim to protecting 20,000 hectares of forest area in Pathankot district, the state government has decided to promote cultivation of medicinal plants, which will not only provide a source of income to the local population living in hills and forests but will also create a voluntary force o ...
Tropical forests in the Congo for example have exceptionally high animal and plant species.ropical Africa has two distinct features – rain forests which are dominated by trees and savannas which are dominated by grasses. Both depend on rainfall quantity and seasonality. Seasonality measures how ...
Bat boxes have appeared on trees across Belfast in a City Council drive to teach people about bio-diversity. The brown boxes have gone up in recent months as part of the local authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan aimed at conserving certain species, raising awareness and getting people involved ...
Several large European firms will stop buying timber from Austrian company accused of turning a blind eye to illegal logging.Hundreds of trees in a Romanian forest are now yellow, purple, or red in a protest against rampant illegal logging.
CHILIMO, Ethiopia, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.
The diversity of microbes on the skin of frog species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest can vary with habitat, according to a study published July 5, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ananda Brito de Assis from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and colleagues
Chilimo — Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million.
According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), up to 58,000 square miles of forest is lost annually – the equivalent of 48 football fields a minute. The result of this deforestation is a threat to the estimated 1.6 billion people who rely on forests for their way of life, as well as to some of the most ...
MERABU, Indonesia — The district of Berau on Borneo island is one of the world’s largest sources of coal for power generation (it gained notoriety in 2010 in the Bakrie-Rothschild coal deal). Berau is also a national leader in Indonesia’s palm oil and pulp and paper sectors.
Meghalaya is known to have some of the wettest places on the planet — Cherrapunji and Mawsynram — which attract tourists and onlookers. However, perhaps the best kept secret of the state is its sacred groves — forest patches traditionally protected by communities — spread in the hill districts. ...
As the climate change progresses, droughts are expected to become more and more common and more intense in Europe, as in many parts of the globe.
Burger King has pledged to stop deforestation by 2030 - that's just greenwashing, environmental activists say. Suppliers for the fast food chain are still responsible for deforestation in South America.
Paris, France - Today the Government of Gabon and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) signed a Letter of Intent for 18 million US dollars to protect the country’s forests and accelerate the fight against climate change.
The primeval forests in the Poloniny National Park were inscribed on the List of the Biggest UNESCO World Heritage – of the most important global cultural and natural monuments.
Dakar — Protecting forests is widely seen as one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce the emissions driving global warming
Mbile — Briquettes made with clay and sawdust from local saw mills are easier to light than firewood and also free. Seated on a kitchen chair, Adisa Issa, a 50-year-old refugee from Central African Republic (CAR), is cooking soup, her pot balanced on a clay stove fuelled by small briquettes.