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#112298
2017-03-22

In defining plantations as forest, FAO attracts criticism

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to define most tree plantations as forest cover in its assessments. Conservation groups are petitioning to change this – but it may not be so simple

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#112299
2017-03-22

Aggressive forest protection needed to meet US climate goals

A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more fre ...

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#112285
2017-03-21

CEPF investment in West Africa shines spotlight on Liberia forests

Sustainable forest management is everyone's business, forests are indispensable for life therefore he who plants a tree, plants life.

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#112254
2017-03-17

Despite population growth and management challenges, hope for forests in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In Ethiopia’s ever-expanding capital of Addis Ababa, the massive afromontane forest coverage on the city’s outskirts could be under threat from the increasing urban population, which is more than 3.4 million and growing.

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#112255
2017-03-17

Communities in Mexico step up to protect a disappearing forest

Comprising around 1.9 million hectares in Mexico and Guatemala, the Lacandon is regarded as one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.

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#112248
2017-03-16

'Billion tree tsunami' surges across northern Pakistan

Years of tree felling reduced Pakistan's forests to under 2 percent of its land area. A planting project backed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan aims to turn around deforestation.

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#112225
2017-03-14

The deforestation dilemma

Despite advanced monitoring systems, global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining.

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#112206
2017-03-13

Drought and forest loss cause vicious circle in the Amazon

If dry seasons intensify with man-made climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss increases even more and could put the Amazon rainforest further at risk, an international team of scientists found.

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#112208
2017-03-13

'They died of thirst': Extreme conditions wipe out forest over 1000 kilometres

The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australia's northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures.

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#112196
2017-03-10

Mozambique: World Bank Supporting Project to Stem Deforestation

London — The World Bank on Tuesday approved a budget of 47 million US dollars to support the Mozambican government in its efforts to stem deforestation.

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#112200
2017-03-10

Successful forest protection in DRC hinges on community participation

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s extensive forests seem like a bright spot in an otherwise-troubled country. With forests covering an area larger than Colombia, DRC has managed to sidestep the surge in losses that forest-rich countries in South America, Southeast Asia and elsewhere in Africa h ...

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#112179
2017-03-09

Cattle industry lags behind in addressing impact on deforestation

In almost every aisle of the grocery store, you can find products from the palm oil, soy, wood, and cattle industries.

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#112180
2017-03-09

Costa Rica's Biodiversity Threatened by Pineapple Agribusiness

"The expansion of pineapple monoculture devastates our forests, our water, our biodiversity and our communities," said activist Mauricio Alvarez.

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#112187
2017-03-09

Carbon-based approaches for saving rainforests should include biodiversity studies

Conservationists working to safeguard tropical forests often assume that old growth forests containing great stores of carbon also hold high biodiversity, but a new study finds that the relationship may not be as strong as once thought, according to a group of researchers with contributions from ...

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#112170
2017-03-08

Exclusive Look Into How Rare Elephants' Forests Are Disappearing

In violation of a moratorium, oil palm grower clears vital habitat in Indonesian biodiversity hot spot.

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#112158
2017-03-07

How nature creates forest diversity

Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees—sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest—a level of biodiversity ecologists have struggled to explain.

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#112140
2017-03-06

Nitrogen pollution slows down forest decomposers

A new study has found that excess nitrogen pollution slows down decomposition of plant matter by soil fungi.

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#112130
2017-03-03

Discovering the Congo carbon sink

Cuvette Centrale, as it is known, stores as much carbon as has been emitted by the U.S. over the last 20 years.

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#112112
2017-03-02

Diverse forests tend to be healthier, more resilient: Study

Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Previous studies showed more diverse tree stands to be healthier and more productive than monoculture forests, but scientists didn't know why. New research suggests tree diversity lends a forest adaptability, allowing it to maximize the sun's energy.

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#112117
2017-03-02

Forests provide a nutritional boon to some communities, research shows

Until recently, scientists hadn’t systematically compared the levels to which different groups of people across the tropics depend on nearby forests for food.

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#112098
2017-02-28

The Republic of Congo: on the cusp of forest conservation

On the surface, the Republic of Congo appears to be making strides toward both conservation and economic development. But the process of becoming an emerging economy is not without its growing pains, especially

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#112101
2017-02-28

Study finds secret to diverse forests' super success

We've long known that diverse stands of trees tend to be more productive than monocultures. What we haven't known is why. In a paper published today in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from the University of Minnesota and Université du Québec à Montréal show the tal ...

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#112091
2017-02-27

Why do forest products become less available?

In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.

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#112045
2017-02-22

A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname

Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles Darwin

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#112019
2017-02-21

Gabon's elephants are being decimated by poachers

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Between 78 and 81 percent of forest elephants in one of Central Africa's largest preserves have been lost to poachers, according to a new study by researchers from Duke University.

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#111983
2017-02-17

Forest Update: Resources, Projects Showcase Progress in REDD+ Initiatives, SFM

February 2017: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) has been a central focus of forest-related publications and resources, and stakeho ...

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#111957
2017-02-16

Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover.

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#111920
2017-02-14

Trees need a little help to reclaim deforested land, study finds

Researchers have found evidence that suggests even highly mobile birds like hornbills do not ensure successful movement of seeds between isolated forest fragments, making it extremely unlikely that trees can re-colonize degraded forest patches without help.

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#111904
2017-02-13

In one Tanzanian village, survival is intimately linked to forest Conservation.

When Jamila Sallimu Chikunda found out she was pregnant with her third child in 2015, her joy quickly turned to anxiety. Chikunda’s family was struggling to make ends meet and she didn’t know how they would afford to pay for the delivery and costs associated with the pregnancy.

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#111905
2017-02-13

In the Sierras, New Approaches to Protecting Forests Under Stress

In California’s Sierras and around the world, extreme drought and rising temperatures are killing trees and threatening the viability of forests. Some ecologists are saying that land managers now need to adopt radically new strategies.

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#111910
2017-02-13

Increasing tree cover threatens world’s most endangered antelope

Expanding tree cover might sound like good news for wildlife. But for the hirola — the world’s most endangered antelope — trees may have spelled doom, according to a new study.

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#111879
2017-02-09

U.N. to plant 1 million trees to fight deforestation near Ethiopia refugee camps

ROME, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A million trees are to be planted in Ethiopia to fight deforestation around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who rely almost entirely on wood for fuel, a United Nations agency said on Wednesday.

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#111862
2017-02-08
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#111840
2017-02-06

Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands

In the 1970s, biologists realized something interesting about islands: There was a correlation between their size and the number of species they harbored, apparently a kind of evolutionary natural law.

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#111825
2017-02-03

Researchers investigate decline in South Africa's forest-birds

Forest-dwelling bird species are disappearing from some of South Africa's indigenous forests, with forest birds in the Eastern Cape being the most affected.

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#111795
2017-02-01

Deforestation-free commodities represent a major investment opportunity: Report

It’s estimated that about 10 percent of global emissions comes from deforestation — meaning we could make considerable progress toward halting climate change simply by keeping what remains of the world’s forests standing.

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#111796
2017-02-01

Yellow fever taking heavy toll on monkeys in Brazil's rainforest

The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades is not just killing Brazilians, it threatens to wipe out monkeys in the Atlantic rainforest that are already close to extinction, experts warned on Tuesday.

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#111800
2017-02-01

The Threats to the World's Chocolate Forests

A taste for chocolate has spread around the globe, but its supply is in jeopardy.

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#111787
2017-01-31

More than 100 natural world heritage sites degraded by human activity, says report

Forest loss worst in North America and Australia, with 63% of sites under increased pressure from infrastructure, agriculture and settlements

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#111773
2017-01-30

Despite delays, Kenya and Tanzania continue to push against illegal logging

LUNGA LUNGA/HOROHORO BORDER POINT, Kenya/Tanzania – Along the porous, 477-mile border between Kenya and Tanzania, small-scale timber smuggling is commonplace.

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#111777
2017-01-30

Manitoba, Ontario enter third attempt in bid for UNESCO-recognized forest

WINNIPEG—Two provincial governments and several First Nations communities are hoping the third time’s the charm in a multimillion-dollar effort to secure international recognition for a big stretch of boreal forest along the Manitoba-Ontario boundary.

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#111764
2017-01-27
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#111749
2017-01-26

Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from deforestation

Research in the Amazon suggests that loss of birds through deforestation prevents the recovery of rainforests, due to birds' roles in the ecosystem.

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#111728
2017-01-25

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests

A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world’s most biologically rich tropical forests.

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#111732
2017-01-25

Fates of forests could change for the better with just the name

What’s in a name? The fate of an ecosystem, apparently

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#111733
2017-01-25

The forests of Central Africa: A source of wealth to be rediscovered

Cameroon - Although Cameroon has benefitted from sustainable forest management in the past 20 years and has a relatively well-preserved forest cover today, its forests are under increased pressure due to expanding agro-industrial exploitation, shifting cultivation, infrastructure construction an ...

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#111712
2017-01-24

Guyana focuses deforestation prevention efforts on conservation and management

An early adopter of REDD+, Guyana still retains much of its forest cover and aims to serve as an example of successful conservation strategies.

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#111713
2017-01-24

Study finds that carbon finance is not a one-size-fits-all solution to deforestation

Halting the pace at which we’re destroying the world’s forests for agriculture, forestry, mines, and other economic development projects is crucial to combating climate change.

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#111699
2017-01-23

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them

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#111701
2017-01-23

To Save Forests, Tanzania Considers Tax on Charcoal

Tanzania is considering putting a tax on charcoal with the aim of discouraging the use of the fuel, which is a big source of energy for cooking but also a major contributor to deforestation.

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