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Global trade increasingly responsible for deforestation - Blue and Green Tomorrow

Global trade increasingly responsible for deforestation - Blue and Green Tomorrow | Forests | Scoop.it
The global trade in agricultural and timber products is pushing the planet’s forests to the brink, having been responsible for more than a third of recen
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Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware

Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware | Forests | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will illegalize deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the future of the area’s renowned wildlife.
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The Ebola-Deforestation Connection

The Ebola-Deforestation Connection | Forests | Scoop.it
As the forests disappeared so did the buffer that separates humans from animals and the pathogens they harbor.
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Why Forests? Why Now? A Preview of the Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change

Why Forests? Why Now? A Preview of the Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change | Forests | Scoop.it
Why Forests? Why Now? draws upon science, economics, and politics to show that tropical forests are essential for climate stability and sustainable development, that now is the time for action, and that payment-for-performance finance is a course of action with great potential for success.
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Government pledges to reduce deforestation

Government pledges to reduce deforestation | Forests | Scoop.it
The government has pledged to reduce deforestation, following a report showing that Indonesia has a higher deforestation rate than that of ...
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Here’s How This Giant Chinese Forest Disappeared

Here’s How This Giant Chinese Forest Disappeared | Forests | Scoop.it
In early August, Greenpeace China’s forest campaigner Wu Hao wrote a piece in the environmental section of the newspaper Southern Weekly about China’s astonishing rate of deforestation. He posted dramatic before and after satellite images of forests cleared in Zhejiang province, in southeastern China.
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Forests are emerging out from the shadow of fossil fuels in climate debate

Forests are emerging out from the shadow of fossil fuels in climate debate | Forests | Scoop.it
Andrew Simms: Letting people living in forests become nature’s guardian is bringing both development and saving ecosystems
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FSC Forest Stewardship Council ® · Wednesday, 08. October 2014 - Forest management isn’t always clear cut

FSC Forest Stewardship Council ® · Wednesday, 08. October 2014 - Forest management isn’t always clear cut | Forests | Scoop.it
Different forests require different management practices: FSC’s Director General Kim Carstensen explains why one size doesn’t fit all forests…
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Reassessing the value of forests to human wellbeing |

Reassessing the value of forests to human wellbeing | | Forests | Scoop.it

Forests have been valued for timber supply and economic development for centuries.  In most developed and developing countries, timber makes a significant contribution to the national GDP. Profit from timber certainly adds to human wellbeing, but forests also provide other less tangible contributions to human wellbeing and life satisfaction.

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Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game

Biodiversity is more than just a numbers game | Forests | Scoop.it

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A new look at one of ecology's unsolved puzzles—why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions—revealed that while this long-recognized pattern holds true for the sheer number of species, it does not for how different species make a living.

 

Ever since the exploits of the European explorers and naturalists of the 17th and 18th centuries revealed a stunningly rich biodiversity in the tropics compared to the temperate regions of the world, biologists have wracked their brains over what causes this diversity. A research effort led by University of Arizona ecologists has now unearthed unexpected answers and helped found a new discipline—functional biogeography—in the process.

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Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official

Despite high deforestation, Indonesia making progress on forests, says Norwegian official | Forests | Scoop.it
Despite having a deforestation rate that now outpaces that of the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia is beginning to undertake critical reforms necessary to curb destruction of its carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands, says a top Norwegian official. Speaking with mongabay.com in Jakarta on Monday, Stig Traavik, Norway's ambassador to Indonesia, drew parallels between recent developments in Indonesia and initiatives launched in Brazil a decade ago, when deforestation was nearly five times higher than
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The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests

The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests | Forests | Scoop.it
Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that same amount of money could have secured the legal rights of indigenous and local people to 450 million hectares of forest, an area 40 percent larger than India.
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Value of traditional knowledge for sustainable forest management

This session of the 2014 IUFRO World Congress focused on the relevance of traditional knowledge, practices and social/governance institutions in the conservati…
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Next big idea in forest conservation? Recognize the value of novel forests

Next big idea in forest conservation? Recognize the value of novel forests | Forests | Scoop.it
Think first before you eradicate non-native species says Dr. Ariel E. Lugo, the current director of the International Institute of Tropical Forestry within the USDA Forest Service, based in Puerto Rico. Lugo, an accomplished ecologist, supports the idea that both native and non-native plants have important roles to play in conservation efforts.
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Colombia reports drop in deforestation

Colombia reports drop in deforestation | Forests | Scoop.it
Colombia has for the first time released an annual report on deforestation, revealing that forest loss during 2013 was lower than the recent average. The government says some 120,933 hectares of natural forest were cleared between January and December 2013.
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Maps From Space Show World's Disappearing Forests

Maps From Space Show World's Disappearing Forests | Forests | Scoop.it
Satellite data show that from 2001 to 2012, the world lost forest cover, with increasing rates of decline seen in the tropics.
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Biodiversity underpins sustainable development | UNDP

Biodiversity underpins sustainable development | UNDP | Forests | Scoop.it

Biodiversity and ecosystems provide the basis for all life on earth. Yet rates of deforestation and the degradation of grasslands, wetlands and other ecosystems remain alarmingly high.

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Researchers create global map of world's forests circa 1990

Researchers create global map of world's forests circa 1990 | Forests | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a global map of the world's forests in the year 1990, enabling accurate comparisons between past and current deforestation rates. The GIS data underpinning the map is available at LandCover.org.
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Deforestation Releasing More CO2 Than Thought

Deforestation Releasing More CO2 Than Thought | Forests | Scoop.it

Deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil means that significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed, according to new research published today (7 October 2014).

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How saving West African forests might have prevented the Ebola epidemic

How saving West African forests might have prevented the Ebola epidemic | Forests | Scoop.it
Deforestation has destroyed much of the region’s habitat for fruit bats – and put these Ebola carriers into more contact with people
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Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (PART II)

Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (PART II) | Forests | Scoop.it
Two decades ago, a project to convert one million hectares of forest to rice paddies was undertaken by the Indonesian government in southern Kalimantan. The project was a massive failure and was eventually abandoned, but not before it destroyed critical orangutan habitat. Now a new project is trying to knit together what's left and turn the area's isolated orangutan populations into one of Borneo's largest.
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Central Kalimantan to set up palm oil monitoring system to in bid cut deforestation 80%

Central Kalimantan to set up palm oil monitoring system to in bid cut deforestation 80% | Forests | Scoop.it
The Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan is moving forward on an oil palm plantation monitoring system it hopes will help meet a commitment to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020. The online monitoring system will include
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Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species

Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species | Forests | Scoop.it
Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42 found no-where else. Yet, like many such wildernesses, Woodlark Island is now facing major changes: not the least of them is a plan to log half of the island.
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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change | World Resources Institute

Note: The Executive Summary is also available for download in Bahasa Indonesia, German, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
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