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#112919
2017-05-18

Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

he world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And so ...

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#112922
2017-05-18

$19 million reserved for conservation of special-use forests in Ha Giang

The planning for conservation and development of special-use forest areas is expected to be the basis for the development of natural preservation and diversity in Ha Giang. As a northern mountainous province with forest coverage and land for forestry development accounting for over 71% of the pr ...

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#112898
2017-05-17

Africa Calls for Funding to Restore Degraded Forests, Land

Investing in forest and landscape restoration as well as ensuring their sustainability will improve livelihoods of African people, experts have said. Speaking at a two-day Forest and Landscape Investment Forum in Kigali, yesterday, the experts called for investments to make green cover of more t ...

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#112876
2017-05-16

Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency

The destruction of forests in many Asian countries continues apace, threatening the realization of global sustainable development goals by the 2030 deadline, according to the United Nations agricultural agency.

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#112877
2017-05-16

Burning wood: Can the EU see the forest for the trees?

Somewhere in the swampy forests of the southeastern United States, a cypress tree is felled. Its lifelong work of absorbing and storing carbon is over. It will no longer hold the ground firm against erosion, or shelter endangered wading birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Instead, the tree is drive ...

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#112878
2017-05-16

Drought in India: Conserving forests, effective use of floodplains can quell water shortage, says Prof Vikram Soni

India is facing the worst drought it has seen in the last 150 years, affecting the lives of millions of people across the subcontinent. Vikram Soni, professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Milia Islamia, came into prominence with his efforts to save the Delhi Ridge.

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#112879
2017-05-16

Opinion: Fighting climate change and famine with forests in the Horn of Africa

Right now, 17 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation. Massive crop failures, due to lack of rainfall, have led to a problem so dire that senior United Nations officials called this the worst humanitarian crisis they have faced. But they should have seen this coming: the r ...

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#112896
2017-05-16

'Narco-deforestation' study links loss of Central American tropical forests to cocaine

Central American tropical forests are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening the livelihood of indigenous peoples there and endangering some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America.

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#112859
2017-05-15

Global Forest Estimate Rises 9 Percent

An international team of scientists uncovered 1,803,097 square miles (467 million hectares) of previously unreported forest populating Earth’s dryland biomes, boosting forest cover globally by at least 9 percent, according to a study published last week (May 11) in the journal Science. This upda ...

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#112860
2017-05-15

Action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests

Urgent action needed to stop the destruction of Asia’s forests and meet the 2030 development agenda

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#112861
2017-05-15

Protecting our forests

With drought and flood affecting not just Thailand’s agriculture but also everyday life. Bhubawit Kritpolnara, owner of top local fashion brand, Issue, together with Asst Prof Dr Anothai Cholachatpinyo of the department of Textile Science at Kasetsart University and actress Khemupsorn Sirisukha ...

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#112862
2017-05-15

Drought: 26 elephants died in southeren forests in just 4 months

As the south Indian states undergoing one of the worst droughts in the past century, the situation has become so bad that the wildlife in the state has been affected too, with several wild elephants dying due the heat. The death toll of jumbos has been on a steady rise in the last few months lea ...

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#112834
2017-05-12

'Lost' forests found covering an area two-thirds the size of Australia

A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands has "found" 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest – an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia.

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#112835
2017-05-12

Drylands greener with forests than previously thought

New research has, for the first time, made use of very high resolution images of Earth’s drylands, revealing that they hold a much larger portion of the world’s forests than previously thought.

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#112837
2017-05-12

How New Zealand's forests may transform in the future

Research from Victoria University of Wellington suggests the ancient forests on New Zealand's West Coast may be under threat from climate change in the near future.

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#112838
2017-05-12

Collaborative forest management: who benefits?

Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) is a form of participatory forest management where both communities and forest management agencies are involved in sustainable management of forests. CFM is therefore an arrangement in which a local community and a government authority share roles, responsib ...

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#112839
2017-05-12

The spooky, underwater forests of Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish

At the southern end of Lake Sammamish, just off Greenwood Point, several jagged, gray logs stick up from the water. They’re the only visible sign of an ancient, perfectly-preserved underwater forest that’s been sitting at the bottom of the lake for over a thousand years.

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#112853
2017-05-12

Tales of trees and Gods

Take a hike to the sacred groves dotting Madurai's countryside, listen to mythical tales of village deities and learn about native species of trees and plants

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#112805
2017-05-10

How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest

In the highlands of Ethiopia, California Academy of Sciences ecologist Meg Lowman and local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie have formed an unconventional partnership with local churches to protect the biodiversity of the country's ancient forests.

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#112786
2017-05-09

Forest encroachers remain untouched

Despite Wayanad being a critical biodiversity repository site along the Western Ghats, close to 1739.03 hectares of forest land in the eco-fragile district remain encroached. Environmentalists said that forest encroachments in Wayanad would pose a severe ecological impact as it has led to the de ...

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#112787
2017-05-09

Safeguarding a crucial habitat

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is unique for its landscape and typical biodiversity of the Deccan Plateau. Situated between Sandur and Hospet taluks of Ballari district, the sanctuary is the largest sanctuary for Indian sloth bears (Melursis ursinus). Spread across 82 square kilometres, it has beco ...

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#112794
2017-05-09

All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You

The POLYPHAGOUS SHOT HOLE borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; pregnant females drill into trunks to create networks of tunnels where they lay their eggs. The beetles also carry a fungus called Fusarium; it infects th ...

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#112767
2017-05-08

Fire rages at Gautala wildlife sanctuary

A massive fire spread over a very large area of the Gautala wildlife sanctuary near Patnadevi and nearby areas since Saturday evening has damaged the local flora and fauna.

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#112754
2017-05-05

Indigenous lands ‘critical’ to forest protection in Peru, biodiversity maps show

New maps of forest biodiversity in Peru illustrate the importance of lands held by indigenous peoples in safeguarding a wide variety of forest types, even as more formal protections such as parks and reserves fall a little bit short.

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#112740
2017-05-04

In controversial move, Brazil may outsource Amazon deforestation monitoring

In a major change, Brazil's Ministry of the Environment is looking for a company to help it monitor deforestation in the Amazon. "This is a surprise for everyone … crazy stuff," says Tasso Azevedo, coordinator of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimate System and Observatório do Clima in São Paulo ...

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#112739
2017-05-03

Was the Amazon once an ocean?

The Amazon rainforest is a treasure trove of biodiversity, containing 10% of the planet’s species in its 6.7 million square kilometers. How it got to be that way has been fiercely disputed for decades. Now, a new study suggests that a large section of the forest was twice flooded by the Caribbea ...

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#112703
2017-05-02

Tropical forests may be hiding mass extinctions

A mass extinction of tropical species ranging from bats to butterflies may have already happened without anyone noticing, suggests research from Australia’s Macquarie University. In a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, biologist John Alroy has used lo ...

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#112704
2017-05-02

Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened today at United Nations Headquarters.

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#112705
2017-05-02

Researchers sniff out five new truffle species in forests of New England

They aren’t the type you’d shave over pasta. But University of New Hampshire researchers have found five new truffle species. While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student Ryan Stephens found in t ...

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#112706
2017-05-02

More albino orangutans believed to be living in Kalimantan forests

A conservation group in Central Kalimantan believes there are a number of albino orangutans living in the wild in Borneo after the discovery of the first of its kind last week .

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#112707
2017-05-02

Saving the Isabe and Salanga forest reserves in central Tanzania

A spirited effort by the Tanzanian government and other stakeholders has started bearing fruits after the restoration of the once desolate Isabe and Salanga forest reserves in the central part of the east African nation.

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#112708
2017-05-02

Recent Study Finds The Effects Of Climate Changes To Tropical Forests Is Not As Critical As Previously Assumed

Tropical rainforests are useful to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen in an exchange. Climate changes are feared to affect its function greatly, but a recent study shows that the effects of climate change are not as dire as assumed.

News Headlines
#112687
2017-05-01

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

MUANDA, Democratic Republic of the Congo—Two elephant tusks are wedged behind a photocopier. A stuffed antelope stands by the door, and a large framed photograph of President Joseph Kabila hangs on the back wall. Cosma Wilungula sits behind his desk in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Co ...

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#112678
2017-04-28

As forests disappear, human-elephant conflict escalates in Nepal

Farmers in the Terai region of Nepal face jumbo threats on a day-to-day basis, resulting in damage to crop yields, destruction of their homes, and, in some cases, even a death in the family.

News Headlines
#112638
2017-04-25

Tanzania Losing Too Much Forest Cover, Says Minister

Dodoma — The Minister of State in Vice President's Office (Union Affairs and Environment), Mr January Makamba, yesterday told the Parliament that serious measures are required to save the country from environmental disaster.

News Headlines
#112635
2017-04-24

Collective forest tenure reforms: Where do we go from here?

The recent World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held this past March in Washington D.C., provided a unique opportunity to reflect on collective land tenure reforms not only from a research point of view, but also from that of governments.

News Headlines
#112616
2017-04-21

Status of forests is 'dire' as world marks 2017 Earth Day

They cover a third of the world’s landmass, help to regulate the atmosphere, and offer shelter, sustenance and survival to millions of people, plants and animals.

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#112587
2017-04-19

Ethiopia: Resilient Efforts to Preserve Forest Resources

Climate variability in Ethiopia is not new - its agro-ecological zones have brought a dazzling variety of climates. Corresponding weather patterns, people have developed ways to respond successfully to these challenges.

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#112575
2017-04-18

East Africa: An urgent need to monitor the forests

Africa - East Africa is home to some of the world’s most diverse forests: Montane forests, which include some of the highest and oldest mountains in Africa; coastal forests; Miombo woodlands; tropical rain forests; and mangrove forests.

News Headlines
#112576
2017-04-18

Business as Usual: A Resurgence of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

After years of positive signs, deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon is on the rise, with a sharp increase in 2016. As powerful economic forces push for development, the government must take steps to protect the world’s largest rain forest.

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#112533
2017-04-13

Forests offer cool way to ease climate fears

European and US scientists have worked out how the Northern hemisphere keeps cool – so be grateful for the trees, and especially for the forests.

News Headlines
#112534
2017-04-13

Living Planet: Fighting for Romania's forests

Romania is home to almost two thirds of the EU's old-growth forests. But vast areas of these ancient woodlands have been destroyed in recent years.

News Headlines
#112515
2017-04-12

Developing Nations Call for New Trust Fund on Forest Protection

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS) - The Group of 77 is calling for the creation of a new and dedicated Trust Fund for the implementation of the UN’s strategic plan on forests for the period 2017-2030.

News Headlines
#112463
2017-04-06

Successful Colombian rainforest project exposes problems with carbon emissions trading

Ferney Caicedo, a trained forest ranger, is slipping and sliding over the forest path while he leads a horse and a group of four other people up a hill.

News Headlines
#112447
2017-04-05

In Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, conservation efforts drown in a sea of eucalyptus

CORREGO GRANDE, Brazil – The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is the most threatened biome in Brazil and has been subjected to the harsh consequences of human development.

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#112452
2017-04-05

Researchers: How to Protect Peru's Rainforest? Indigenous Land Titles

RIO DE JANEIRO — Providing formal land ownership titles to indigenous communities is one of the most effective ways to preserve endangered rainforest in Peru's Amazon, said a study published on Monday.

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#112437
2017-04-04

Overlooked rainfall and cooling effects of forests

What would have seemed obvious from the start — that lush green forests that cover the earth absorb the heat of the sun and thereby cool the earth — has now been confirmed by scientists.

News Headlines
#112425
2017-04-03

Can the Amazon Save the Planet?

Scientists climb to perilous heights to gauge how much carbon dioxide the rainforest is absorbing

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#112397
2017-03-31

FAO Offers US$98,000 to Strengthen Forest and Farm Producers

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) program on March 28, 2017 signed an agreement with the Farmers’ Union Network of Liberia (FUN) providing US$98,000 to strengthen the capacity of Forest and Farm Producers Organizations (F ...

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#112398
2017-03-31

Conservation-focused Learning Forest opens at Singapore Botanic Gardens

A new, conservation-focused section of the Singapore Botanic Gardens was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Mar 31). Located within the Tyersall-Gallop extension of the Gardens, the 10-hectare Learning Forest aims to restore the natural conditions of lowland forests and wetlands ...

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