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Act now, or tropical forests will be a sorry sight in 2100

REDD monitor news - Sun, 30/08/2015 - 12:41
By Simon Lewis, The Ecologist, 24 August 2015 By the end of the century, the world's remaining tropical forests will be left in a fragmented, simplified, and degraded state. No patch will remain untouched - most remnants will be overrun by species that disperse well, which often means 'weedy' plants like fast-growing pioneer trees and small rodents that thrive in disturbed areas. Most of the rest will be 'the living dead' - tiny remnant populations of plants and animals hanging on with no future. There is no cast-iron law that dictates this scenario - but it appears likely unless we see a series of major policy changes. What could unfold? In research published in the journal Science, colleagues and I outline an all too common chain of events.

In northeast Cambodia, one company controls nearly all illegal logging

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 21:19

A new report on illegal logging in Cambodia’s northeastern forests portrays a single company with essentially a monopoly on the illicit trade.

US Forest Service spends $10 million per day on wildfires in Oregon

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 20:12

The U.S. Forest Service is spending $10 million a day fighting wildfires in Oregon and about $150 million per week nationwide.

TFD at the XIV World Forestry Congress

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 19:08

TFD and its partners will be at this year’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7-11 September 2015. The XIV World Forestry Congress, the first to take place in Africa, will bring together the global forestry community to review and clarify the importance of forests as an integral part of sustainable development and to identify and discuss the major issues facing the forest sector.

Rainforests doomed unless world adopts ‘development without destruction’

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 17:02
Tropical forests face a dire future unless humans adopt a radically different approach to protecting and managing them.

Embracing forest collaboration: Part 12

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 16:37

In this interview, Ms. Keough discusses member differences of opinion concerning the value and effectiveness of forest collaboration.

Southern Africa's forests and people: Investing in a sustainable future

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 00:00

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, this publication from the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa supports countries in the region to present the best practices, challenges and opportunities in the forestry sector of Southern Africa.

The forests of Southern Africa comprise a multitude of forest types and ecosystems, ranging from mangroves to rainforests, dry and humid ecosystems and are home to an incredible wealth and diversity of fauna and flora. They provide significant benefits in terms of timber and wood as well as non-wood forest products and an array of ecosystem services, not to mention supporting millions of livelihoods across the subregion. But the forests face increasing pressure from the negative impacts of climate change and massive agricultural expansion. The need to share best practices to overcome such challenges is becoming more important than ever.


News from World Forestry Congress

GFIS - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 00:00

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and the key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future.


Side event: Toward a roadmap for sustainable landscapes investments at scale — Inputs from forestry science

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 21:39
The capital is ready. The project ideas are there. It’s time to scale up. Don’t miss out on this side event at FAO World Forestry Congress in Durban: On the 9th of September, from 12:45 until 14:15 in the 11CDE … Continue reading →

Aviation experts to review Montana’s firefighting helicopters

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 21:28

U.S. aviation experts are planning to head to Montana to review the state's firefighting protocols and see for themselves whether its helicopters should be used to attack blazes on federal lands, officials said.

Apalachicola National Forest Restores National Historic Landmark

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 21:00
The drive to Fort Gadsden’s Historic Site on the Apalachicola National Forest is something reminiscent of a nature documentary. Towering pines line the highway while vibrant wildflowers bloom throughout the fields. Local volunteers and Apalachicola National Forest employees are busily working in the stifling heat on a restoration project at this National Historic Landmark, the [...]

The Forest Stewardship Council at the World Forestry Congress

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 21:00
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) organizes “In Good Company 2015” (IGC 2015) just prior to the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. IGC 2015 is a premier global business event, where FSC brings together leading companies, brands and international … Continue reading →

INBAR contributions to the World Forestry Congress 2015

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 20:47
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) brings a core message to the World Forestry Congress: “Bamboo and rattan are strategic forest resources and could be key drivers of global green economies – helping to generate income for rural … Continue reading →

Controlled burn destroyed $100K of cut wood, N.W.T. man says 

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 20:28

Kerry Smith says that N.W.T. fire officials were doing a back burn near his wood lot earlier this month, but nobody warned him - or his employee, who was on site - until the next day, after the fire jumped the road.

If trees could talk…

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 20:28
If trees could talk, what would they say? It’s an interesting and intriguing question that I’m sure will have a thousand different answers, possibly all of them right. More importantly, the trees could probably tell their story much better than … Continue reading →

Who are the drivers of change in sustainable forest management?

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 20:17
Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director of RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, explains the importance of including local people in forest decision-making in order for sustainable forest management to be successful. In this post he argues that investing … Continue reading →

400+ dams could irrevocably harm Amazon ecology — but solutions exist

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 19:54
Dams planned for the Amazon and its tributaries could do irreversible harm to fish migrations and to wildlife — but energy solutions ranging from run-of-the-river dams to a shift to solar and wind power could safeguard Amazonian aquatic biodiversity and still provide electric power.

The many paths towards sustainable palm oil in India

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 19:50
Conservationists and industry stakeholders suggest long and short-term solutions to increase India's uptake of sustainable palm oil.

Analysis: Why Washington has such large wildfires this summer

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 19:45

More than 900,000 acres have already burned this year in Washington wildfires, more than doubling last year’s total, and the Okanogan complex fire is the largest in state history.

Indonesian village opts to protect mangroves, preserve livelihoods

GFIS - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 19:05
Residents of Deaga on the island of Sulawesi hope sea creatures will flourish in the new conservation zone.

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