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Ecosystem Marketplace - New voluntary carbon platform rooted in Colombian forests

Ecosystem Marketplace - New voluntary carbon platform rooted in Colombian forests | Forest | Scoop.it

16 July 2010 | Colombia’s ecosystems – and particularly its forests – have suffered like those across Latin America. Unlike its neighbors, however, Colombia has historically failed to leverage resource conservation to earn voluntary carbon credits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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Community forests have less deforestation than protected areas | redd-monitor.org

Community forests have less deforestation than protected areas | redd-monitor.org | Forest | Scoop.it

By Chris Lang, 30th August 2011

A recent paper published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management compares previous studies of deforestation rates in protected areas and in community managed forests. The research supports the authors’ hypothesis that community managed forests are at least as good, and sometimes better, at reducing deforestation than strict protected areas.

The report is titled: “Community managed forests and forest protected areas: An assessment of their conservation effectiveness across the tropics”, and is written by Luciana Porter-Bolland, Edward A. Ellis, Manuel R. Guariguata, Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Simoneta Negrete-Yankelevich, Victoria Reyes-García.

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Leaders Define Pathway to Restoring Lost Forests | Scoop News

Leaders Define Pathway to Restoring Lost Forests | Scoop News | Forest | Scoop.it
Bonn, Germany, 2 September 2011 (IUCN) – A core commitment to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide by 2020 is launched today at a ministerial conference in Bonn.
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Students offer their suggestions to Forest Service

Students offer their suggestions to Forest Service | Forest | Scoop.it
Friday, July 29, 2011 12:00 am- High school students got to give their ideas Thursday on better forest management to the U.S. Forest Service.
In a two-hour presentation, 16 teenagers from Lincoln, Helena, Townsend, Deer Lodge and the surrounding areas explained how they were trained to monitor a wide range of sites for the past seven weeks, and made recommendations to officials with the Helena and Beaverhead/ Deerlodge national forests. Their effort was part of the Youth Forest Monitoring Program, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service.
“They worked really hard during the last seven weeks, collecting much needed data for the Helena National Forest and Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest,” said Liz Burke, the program manager. “The information will be put into both forests’ annual monitoring report.”
Read more: http://helenair.com/news/students-offer-their-suggestions-to-forest-service/article_cb117fa2-b9a1-11e0-a5ce-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1TyzQxgGa
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Forest conservation markets slowly turn to REDD – Point Carbon

Forest conservation markets slowly turn to REDD – Point Carbon | Forest | Scoop.it
Tuesday 26th July 2011.
WASHINGTON, -As U.N. talks keep failing to agree how to raise money to protect forests, private investors are testing a trade in credits to slow the deforestation that emits as much carbon as all the world’s cars, ships, trucks and planes.
French bank BNP Paribas is one of a handful of financial institutions and investment funds entering the risky but potentially lucrative market for REDD “credits” – units representing one tonne of carbon dioxide not emitted because a forest was left standing.
Last September, BNP’s commodities derivatives arm provided $50 million to Wildlife Works, a conservation project developer designing a portfolio of projects to reduce deforestation and degradation (REDD) in Africa.
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Wood products part of winning carbon-emissions equation, researchers say

Wood products part of winning carbon-emissions equation, researchers say | Forest | Scoop.it
A Northwest state or private forest, harvested regularly for 100 years, helps keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere year after year by storing carbon in long-term wood products (blue) and by substituting wood for fossil-fuel-intensive products like steel and cement, thus avoids carbon dioxide emissions during their manufacture (orange). The chart also shows carbon that remains in a sustainably managed and harvested forest (green and black); and an "emissions" line (cranberry) at the bottom, representing the energy to harvest and process wood, which is partly counterbalanced by the "mill residual" line (yellow) that represents mill wastes burned for energy in place of fossil fuels. Credit: E Oneil/U of Washington.

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Indigenous Conservation Strategy Stops Amazon Deforestation - Hispanically Speaking News

Indigenous Conservation Strategy Stops Amazon Deforestation  - Hispanically Speaking News | Forest | Scoop.it
This indigenous-run program has achieved zero deforestation within the one million acres of biodiversity-rich lands that are under Cofan control.
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Forest environmental services

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Forests are commonly known for the goods that they provide - timber, fuelwood, fodder and other non-timber forest products. Less commonly known is the fact that forests also provide a number of crucial ecosystem services, for example, their role in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, protecting upstream watersheds, conserving biodiversity and gene-pools for future generations and in providing landscape beauty. Forest environmental services also include regulation of the water cycle and climate, soil formation, nutrient recycling, and plant pollination. While the ever-increasing demand for forest goods is widely recognized, the increased demand and need for forest services is often not as well known.
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CIFOR: Center for International Forestry Research

CIFOR: Center for International Forestry Research | Forest | Scoop.it
The Center for International Forestry Research is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity.
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USDA Study Shows Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Wood As Green Building Material « SFI Newsroom

USDA Study Shows Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Wood As Green Building Material

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) welcomes a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) summarizing scientific findings that support the environmental and economic benefits of using wood in green building construction.

In a news release today announcing the study, the USDA stated: “Sustainability of forest products can be verified using any credible third-party rating system, such as Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or American Tree Farm System.”

“This study confirms what many environmental scientists have been saying for years,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the news release. “Wood should be a major component of American building and energy design. The use of wood provides substantial environmental benefits, provides incentives for private landowners to maintain forest land, and provides a critical source of jobs in rural America.”

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Colombia: popular revolt against gold mining | Salva le Foreste

Colombia: popular revolt against gold mining | Salva le Foreste | Forest | Scoop.it

Monday, 05 September 2011 09:19

 

The price of gold is rising for the tenth consecutive year. As a result, more and more investors, financial market operators and central banks are turning to gold as a safe haven in the face of global economic instability. This has troubling consequences, because gold mining is one of the most destructive and polluting of all mining activities.

Mining companies have set their sights on Latin America, and a genuine gold rush has broken out in Colombia. In response, popular opposition to mining activity, in defence of life, water resources, the environment and local cultures, is growing stronger by the day.

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Recycled paper not yet on a roll in HK; Green toilet paper is hard to find in the city and retailers say that's because the demand isn't there

Recycled paper not yet on a roll in HK; Green toilet paper is hard to find in the city and retailers say that's because the demand isn't there | Forest | Scoop.it

Christy Choi
South China Morning Post
August 28, 2011

It is not easy being green in Hong Kong, especially when it comes to your toilet paper.

It might make sense that the toilet roll used to clean up your dirtiest deeds would come from the last dregs of a paper's life cycle, but in Hong Kong it is most likely you are flushing virgin pulp down the drain.

Virgin pulp is paper that has not been used before.

Despite global advocacy for less paper usage by Greenpeace and other environmental groups, eco-conscious consumers are at a loss for choice with major retailers in Hong Kong stocking toilet rolls made mostly from virgin pulp, with few, if any, choices for a recycled option.

 

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: 'Sustainable Management of Forest Resources, Panacea to Rural Poverty'

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: 'Sustainable Management of Forest Resources, Panacea to Rural Poverty' | Forest | Scoop.it
31 July 2011- Sokoto — Massive afforestation programme and sustainable management of Nigeria's forest resources would be a panacea to rural poverty as well as address desertification, deforestation and on a larger scale, climate change mitigation in the country.
Consultant, Presidential Initiative on Afforestation Programme, Dr Kabir Ahmed, who made this assertion in Sokoto yesterday, described massive afforestation as a globally recognized solution through which effects of climate change are controlled or minimized.
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USAID FRONTLINES: Leading the Charge for Low Emission Sustainable Development

USAID FRONTLINES: Leading the Charge for Low Emission Sustainable Development | Forest | Scoop.it
June/July 2011-Flagship climate program helps countries map unique pathways to economic gain in a way
that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
It's difficult to imagine a country with greater energy needs and more acute climate vulnerability than Bangladesh. More than half of Bangladesh's 158 million people have no access to electricity, and the vast majority of those with access do not have a reliable or affordable supply. What's more, unmet electricity demand is growing at a rate of 10 percent per year. The shortage of reliable power limits the country's economic growth and contributes to high poverty rates. At the same time, climate change puts the lives of millions of Bangladeshis at risk and threatens to stall or reverse development gains over the last several decades.
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Hidden carbon emissions from trade offsets impacts of reforestation

Hidden carbon emissions from trade offsets impacts of reforestation | Forest | Scoop.it
Countries that appear to have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through reforestation may have simply "displaced" the emissions to another country, by increasing their imports of food, timber and wood. A new EU study highlights the need to recognise this 'loophole' in ongoing emission targets.
Under international pressure to reduce emissions from agriculture and land use, some UNFCCC non-Annex I countries, such as China, Vietnam and Costa Rica, have significantly increased their proportion of forested areas. However, recent research suggests that more than 50 per cent of the reduction in CO2 emissions in the last five years attributable to reforestation is cancelled out by the increase in overseas trade needed to meet the continuing demand for forestry products.
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Brazil’s Deforestation Quagmire - Analysis

Brazil’s Deforestation Quagmire - Analysis | Forest | Scoop.it
By Elizabeth Rust A string of recent events indicates that Amazonian deforestation and violence against environmental activists are on the rise.
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Community forest management and the emergence of multi-scale governance institutions: lessons for REDD+ development from Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia | CIFOR

Community forest management and the emergence of multi-scale governance institutions: lessons for REDD+ development from Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia | CIFOR | Forest | Scoop.it
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