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Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show]

Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show] | Florestas e árvores | Scoop.it
Scientists know surprisingly little about what is growing in our forests. New techniques for analyzing satellite data are about to change that

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Give forests to local people to preserve them

Give forests to local people to preserve them | Florestas e árvores | Scoop.it

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Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative, both in Washington DC. The forests provide food, water, shelter, medicines and much else.

 

The report, Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change collates many existing studies. It concludes that forest communities only have legal control over one-eighth of the world's forests. The rest is mostly controlled by governments or leased for logging or mining, often in defiance of community claims.

 

But community-owned forests are often the best-protected. In the Amazon rainforest, deforestation rates in community-owned areas are far lower than outside.

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