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Champions of sustainability for wild plant harvesting unite during first ever “FairWild Week”

GFIS - 5 hours 13 min ago
Cambridge, UK, 21st August 2017–Today marks the launch of the first ever “FairWild Week” - a digital event celebrating the often-overlooked role played by wild plant ingredients in homes, communities and supply-chains across the globe.

LACO-wiki – new online tool for land cover map validation

GFIS - 6 hours 41 min ago
Now it is possible to validate your land cover map – for free, on the internet! And above that, you can share it with others to do the validation together. Accuracy assessment, or validation, is a key process in the … Continue reading →

Houston’s urban forests

GFIS - 10 hours 12 min ago

Urban forests offer a wide range of environmental services, such as stormwater management, air pollution mitigation, reduced air temperatures (Urban Heat Island mitigation), wildlife habitat, aesthetic appeal and visual barriers.

Testimony from Chaus Uslaini

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 06:07

My name is Uslaini, my nickname is Chaus and I’m the Director of WALHI Sumatera Barat in Indonesia. My passion in life is helping rural communities to have a better life, and this is WALHI’s passion too, so I really love my job.

I come from a farming family, I’m the sixth of seven children, and we all had to help in our home and in the fields to earn enough to cover our school fees. I want ...

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The fire season by the numbers

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 05:47

Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.

Gullah Lives: Pilot forestry programs grows, hope exists for rural land owners

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 05:34

If you’re a rural landowner of Gullah heritage, you are a sort of guinea pig and may not know it.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tidwell closes distinguished Forest Service career, announces retirement

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 05:29

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced his retirement after a 40-year career, characterized by his climb from a firefighter to a District Ranger, Forest Supervisor to the head of the U.S. Forest Service, leading more than 30,000 employees working in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico.

Science says forests should be left to burn

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 04:57

Fire fighters from the Saanich Peninsula recently joined other nearly 4,000 fire fighters from across B.C. and around the world, to combat wildfires in B.C.'s interior in what is quickly becoming the worst wildfire season on record.

Cutting crews sought in effort to stop spread of pine beetles 

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 04:54

The U.S. Forest Service announced that it is seeking to contract saw crews to fell trees as part of the efforts to control or stop Southern pine beetle infestations that threaten tens of thousands of acres of pine forests in four national forests in Mississippi.

$4M Mt. Shasta area ‘forest health and conservation project’ announced

GFIS - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 04:22

The project is a collaboration among CAL FIRE, the Pacific Forest Trust, Michigan-California Timber Company, and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Wayne Lotter, conservation champion, killed in Dar es Salaam

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:54
It is with immense sadness that TRAFFIC has learned of the killing in Dar es Salaam of Wayne Lotter, the founding co-Director of PAMS Foundation Tanzania. TRAFFIC staff in Africa and beyond came to know Wayne over several years, routinely engaging with him on common issues. 

Climate change and habitat conversion combine to homogenize nature

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:21
Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature. In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same.

Climate change subject for PhD course

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:23
Earn 5 academic credits in Toulouse! Leading researchers gathers for course in forest fires and its history.   Are you a PhD and want to know more about Nordic vegetation in a changing climate? October 2-4 you have a chance, … Continue reading →

Why China should include a gender-perspective in its climate change policies

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 10:11

Women are playing a leading role in coping with and adapting to climate change in the mountainous rural areas of China’s Yunnan province, where disruptions in weather patterns and increasingly extreme events are expected to impact agricultural livelihoods. But while they are assuming more responsibility than men, their voices are mostly excluded from the policy-making processes that affect their daily lives.

The post Why China should include a gender-perspective in its climate change policies appeared first on Agroforestry World.

World’s third-largest rain forest may disappear in ten years

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 06:24

According to new studies, half of Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests could vanish by 2021.

Mechanical forest thinning begins in Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 05:57

For the next four and a half months, the sounds of feller bunchers, processors and lumber trucks will be a common one around the lower Dry Lake Hills and the base of Mount Elden.

DNA tests confirm Southern Bluefin Tuna on menu in mainland China

GFIS - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 03:00
Beijing, China, 18th August 2017—The Southern Bluefin Tuna market in China, a new study published today, has found Southern Bluefin Tuna is served in restaurants in mainland China, particularly Shanghai. This is a significant finding not only because of the threatened status of the tuna, but as it also provides insights into China’s role as a non-member of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), the organization that sets annual fishing quotas for the tuna.

The glory of the Lake District in autumn wins first prize in the UK and Ireland

GFIS - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 19:00
The Lake District sets the scene for the winning image of PEFC UK and PEFC Ireland’s ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest. “We received over 300 fantastic entries, and it was an extremely difficult task to choose only three winners,” said Alun Watkins,...

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IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress Spotlight #50 – Filling in knowledge gaps about natural disturbances and their interactions in mountain forests

GFIS - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 15:01
PDF for download   In mountainous terrain they are called protection forests – forests that protect human settlements and infrastructure against natural disturbances such as rockfall, snow avalanche and shallow landslides. Natural disturbances are becoming more and more important drivers in many mountain chains worldwide, mainly because of past land-use legacies. But also, under climate […]

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