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The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America. The nation boasts over one-quarter of the region’s remaining forest cover, about 20 percent of which is old growth situated squarely in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

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Delving into drivers of deforestation

Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the plantation side tend to argue that planting is done on already ...

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Dry tropical forests 'overlooked and under threat'

Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened habitats on the planet, yet remain overlooked by scientists and conservationists, warn researchers.

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Saving Bangladesh’s last rainforest

When most people think of Bangladesh’s native ecosystems, the Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest — are probably the first thing that come to mind.

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Studying Climate Change One Tree at a Time

On a warm summer afternoon, Michael Dietze and his researchers leave their cars on the side of Bear Notch Road in Bartlett, N.H., and hike into the White Mountain National Forest. They navigate the steep, wooded hillsides using a combination of GPS and remembered landmarks. A couple of hundred y ...

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EU Hopes Licensing System Will Help Save Indonesian Forests

The European Union has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.

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Bulgaria's pine forests threatened by bark beetle

Pine forests planted in Bulgaria to combat soil erosion are falling prey to a beetle that is feeding on trees already weakened by excessively hot weather, dense planting and a lack of proper logging in the years after the fall of communism.

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Romania moves to protect some of Europe's last virgin forests

With new technology and a crackdown on logging, Romania is racing to save some of Europe's last virgin forests, home to wolves and brown bears.

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Great Bear Rainforest to receive special designation

As part of their upcoming Royal Tour, Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative, Premier Christy Clark confirmed today.

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Seeing the forest for the trees: World's largest reforestation program overlooks wildlife

After years of environmental destruction, China has spent billions of dollars on the world's largest reforestation program, converting a combined area nearly the size of New York and Pennsylvania back to forest.

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Q & A: Lessons from Ethiopia for forest landscape restoration

An interview with CIFOR Scientist Habtemariam Kassa

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Thrive or fail: Examining forest resilience in the face of fires

In 1988, fires consumed more than a million acres of Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding lands. But for the past three decades, Yellowstone's forests—resilient ecosystems composed of species adapted to periodic severe fire—have embarked on their recovery.

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In eastern Tibetan forest, signs of tree growth amid climate change

Word of mouth from nomadic herders led Lucas Silva into Tibetan forests and grasslands. What his team found was startling: Rapid forest growth in tune with what scientists had been expecting from climatic changes triggered by rising levels of carbon dioxide.

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Q&A: Lessons from Latin America for forest landscape restoration

An interview with Manuel Guariguata, CIFOR Principal Scientist and Team Leader – Forest Management and Restoration

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Deforestation reducing monsoon rainfall in India: new study

Large-scale conversion of forests to crop lands is disrupting India’s rainfall, a new study has found.

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Logging roads have long-lasting impacts on forests

When logging roads appear in forests, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. But a new study finds that the roads themselves can damage the environment – and may continue doing so for years after the logging stops.

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Reversing deforestation, restoring landscapes

Asia Pacific - Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific.

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Tanzania: Forest Landscape Needs Urgent Restoration

Tanzania has a target of attaining middle income status by 2025. Various strategies have been developed to facilitate achievement of the national target namely through the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 (TDV), Second Five Years Development Plan 2016 to 2021 and the global Sustainable Developme ...

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Rapid forest destruction puts Asia's wildlife at ris

[JAKARTA] Rapid conversion of natural forests in mainland South-East Asia have put more animals at risk of extinction but are not making it to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species.

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Zimbabwe's parched forests fall prey to new pests

Insect infestations have killed tens of thousands of trees, already suffering from a severe El Niño drought

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Researchers say addressing the second D in REDD can benefit the climate while ensuring timber harvests

Significant reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved by sustainable forestry practices in the tropics, researchers say — but so far, the world is not taking full advantage of this opportunity to mitigate global warming.

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In search of a lost species: the Santa Marta Toro

In May 2011, two volunteer researchers had an unexpected visitor at the El Dorado Nature Reserve Ecotourism lodge in northwestern Colombia.

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Last ditch effort to save ‘Aboriginal scar trees’ in former Riverlands golf course

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have launched a last-ditch effort to save hundreds of trees in Milperra they believe have Aboriginal significance.

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New Forest being destroyed by growing number of ponies, says Chris Packham

Overgrazing is causing loss of woodland and wildlife as populations of the native breed have risen partly due to taxpayer subsidies, says the naturalist

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Beyond The Bad Press: Rio de Janeiro’s Urban Forests

Over the next few weeks, the first Olympic Games ever to be hosted in South America will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the lead up to the global event, Rio has been getting extensive media attention, most of it not being the best of publicity. Inadequate and incomplete infrastruc ...

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Forest fragmentation a danger to vulnerable species

Research stemming from the EU-funded TERRAGEN project has found that forest fragmentation has prompted a decline in species sensitive to changes in light, moisture and temperature.

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Deforestation: A lingering legacy

When we humans cut down tropical forest, we have a good idea that there will be consequences. We know that clearing the land for a farm or a pasture or the timber it holds comes at the cost of a burst of carbon into the atmosphere, and that the habitat anchored by those trees will change pretty ...

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What is the limit to oil palm expansion?

In recent years, the palm oil industry has enjoyed meteoric growth as palm oil has become the most widely used vegetable oil on the planet. It’s found in everything from nail polish to Kit Kats. This boom, however, has come at the expense of the vast tracts of forests that have been cleared to p ...

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Assam's killer waters that also give life

GUWAHATI: Odds are that if you were driving down NH-37, which cuts through Kaziranga National Park in Assam, last week, you would have chanced upon a rhino or a deer making for higher land in neighbouring Karbi Anglong. .

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Mother trees recognize kin and send them “messages of wisdom”

More information continues to surface that trees may be far more connected than we thought. Forest ecologist Suzanne Simard of The University of British Colombia gave a TED talk in June, during which she detailed research that shows mother trees recognize their kin. At a time when an increasing ...

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Can ‘climate corridors’ help species adapt to warming world?

If you flip over a log in a forest in the southeastern U.S., you are likely to find a squirming salamander. A healthy forest floor, full of fallen branches and rotting leaves, provides these amphibians with the moisture, protection and food they need to survive and thrive. If rain falters or if ...

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Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests?

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Africa: East Africa Leading Continental Forest Restoration Efforts

East Africa is leading the continent in a global effort to restore 350 million hectares of the world's deforested land by 2030, but it can do better.

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How forest fragmentation is impacting on amphibian and reptile species

Experts call for new conservation guidelines after research shows 90% of tropical amphibian and reptile species are affected by the 'edge effect' and forest islands less than 500m in diameter are putting many at risk.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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'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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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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