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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Project

GFIS - 3 hours 35 min ago
GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE Grant No.: TF018165 Project ID No.: P 152322 Republic of the Sudan has received financing in the amount of ...

Little creature, HUGE footprint

GFIS - 4 hours 5 min ago

Three years ago when J. Boone Kaufman, an ecologist from Oregon State University and an associate of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), released a paper that calculated the enormous impact mangrove farming shrimp has on the environment, he decided to personalize the research. He put the shrimps on dinner tables. Boone estimated that a... Read more

Kenyan tea factory switches to cleaner, greener briquettes

GFIS - 5 hours 15 min ago

The Makomboki Tea Factory in Kenya is using briquettes, made from biomass byproducts, in its drying process, which will ‘save’ 60,000 trees each year.

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Ugandan and Australian farmers share agroforestry experiences

GFIS - 5 hours 56 min ago

Ugandan farmer, Jimmy Musiime has been learning about agroforestry the ‘Australian way’ through a visit to the Victorian Otway Ranges.

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FRIM tags trees in Parliament premises

GFIS - 6 hours 10 min ago
4 August 2015 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Director General, Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod today launched the installation of name tags on all the trees surrounding the Parliament Complex. FRIM researchers had conducted tree surveys in the parliament grounds, covering an area of 15 hectares, in October 2014. A total of 971 […]

Towards a greener India

GFIS - 6 hours 51 min ago

The Government of India has issued a press release outlining several measures it has initiated to increase forest and tree cover in the country.

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Push for climate-smart agriculture in East Africa

GFIS - 7 hours 3 min ago

Uganda’s Agriculture Minister, Tress Bucyanayandi, has called for greater training for farmers in climate-smart agriculture practices, such as agroforestry, water harvesting and mulching in order t

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Logging method could reduce Sierra fire losses 

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 23:17

People gathered here, about 7 miles from the Rim fire’s northern boundary, to talk about an approach to logging that could prevent such devastation.

The XyloTron: Combating illegal logging in seconds

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 23:12

A barrier to effective enforcement is the inability to quickly and accurately identify timber species prohibited from logging.

4FRI thinning project begins on Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 22:41

A 1,017-acre forest thinning project associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative began on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

August Field Update 1: Caribou Program Kakwa Camp

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 22:06

From the fRI Caribou Program's field crew at the Kakwa Camp, here's an update from August 4, 2015. Click on one of the photos below to open the slide show.

The Kakwa Talent Show & Music Festival

The 3rd shift brought welcome warm weather that made hiking a little more difficult, but in return fried the majority of the biting insects. It was great! Coming back from 10 days off left us feeling refreshed and ready to tackle some more points…it also left our navigation skills a little rusty….Jen and Amanda were left confused when Amanda accidently ‘navigated’ 30km away from the intended area for the day – luckily there were points close by to do! Kaitlyn and Aimee were attempting to get to a road that was a little tricky to find when they were followed by an oilfield worker who wanted to make sure they were not lost – they weren’t of course (or so they told him) – they were on the way to the next ‘road’.

In the middle of the shift Kaitlyn had to leave us temporarily to perform her duties as Maid of Honour at a friend's wedding so Aimee spent a few days in Grande Cache helping Kelsey and Jillian. Jennifer and Amanda were left in camp alone for a night, during which lots of card games were played, before Laura came to join them on Saturday. Apparently it’s easier to write papers in remote research camps? By Monday afternoon camp was feeling a little busier as Karine and Doug, as well as Karen, Cam and Brent had all arrived to do some work in the area. By Tuesday afternoon the Chinchaga and Hinton crews had arrived in camp, with the Chinchaga crews heading straight for the showers, their first in 8 days.  Everyone had gathered for the first Kakwa Music Festival and Talent Show – a chance for all the crews to spend a relaxing evening together mid-season.

The evening started with an epic meal – Doug manned the BBQ, Karine, Laura and team made salads and sides, and dessert was Genevieve’s apple crumble, brownies baked by Ash (from Kakwa fire tower) and a beautifully iced cake (the Hinton crews talent). After an epic Speed tournament with Karen as the eventual champion and some Frisbee in chainsaw boots (Karine) it was time for the camp fire and evening entertainment. The talents were varied and included songs accompanied by guitars and ukuleles, uncomfortably long whale jokes, ‘sounds of the forest’ (‘Whoa bear’, a feller buncher and a sage grouse impression to name but a few), fieldwork charades, a rousing group rendition of Barrett’s Privateers, and original banjo songs by our resident troubadour Doug (check out some of his music here.

Although the summer is half over now and the end of the season is drawing closer there is still blueberry season to look forward to!

FRI Subject Area: CaribouDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Caribou ProgramRelated Project: Mountain Pine Beetle Attacks in Alberta: Assessing the Trade-offs in Food Supply for Two Species at RiskAnalysis and improvement of linear features to increase caribou functional habitat in west-central and north-western Alberta

[New Zealand] Window closing fast on climate change options

REDD monitor news - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 20:56
By Ralph Chapman, Stuff.co.nz, 4 August 2015 This country has spent most of the last 25 years dithering on climate change. Inaction poses an increasing risk to New Zealand's reputation... I know from personal experience in helping to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol, some years ago, that New Zealand can be effective in encouraging other nations to act in the common interest... One of the main reasons renewable electricity is not being developed more quickly is the low carbon price on gas and coal, a laughable $7 per tonne of CO2. This could be lifted to around $50 per tonne by, for example, the Government introducing a rising floor price in the emissions trading system (ETS). This price would be in line with estimates of the "social cost of carbon" (the damage caused by carbon emissions). With such a floor, it is likely the remaining coal power plant at Huntly would close, for example. The price of electricity would rise marginally, but carbon emissions would fall.

Two degree climate target not possible without 'negative emissions', scientists warn

REDD monitor news - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 20:51
By Roz Pidcock, The Carbon Brief, 3 August 2015 All of our options for keeping warming below 2C above pre-industrial temperatures now involve capturing carbon dioxide and storing it underground - a technology that doesn't yet exist on a large scale, according to new research. The study , published today in Nature Communications, argues that 'negative emissions' alone, in the absence of conventional mitigation, are unlikely to achieve the 2C goal. And in all but the most optimistic cases, staying below 2C requires capturing and storing carbon in amounts that exceed the capabilities of current technology, say the researchers. Ahead of a major international climate summit in Paris, the study makes an interesting contribution to the debate about the role of negative emissions in meeting the 2C target.

Final US power plant rules seek to make carbon trading easier

REDD monitor news - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 20:49
By Lisa Zelljadt, Carbon Pulse, 4 August 2015 The United States on Monday released the final rules of its Clean Power Plan, allowing state regulators to pursue regional emission markets to meet their targets without first having to establish and pass bureaucratic inter-state agreements. The final rule, which President Barack Obama said will cut CO2 emissions from the power sector by 870 million tonnes by 2030, aims to ease the creation of carbon markets by making individual states’ emission units “trade ready”. The EPA regulations set target emissions rates in the form of CO2 per MWh for each state and allow local regulators flexibility in how to achieve them. Rather than requiring each power plant to meet their state’s target rate, regulators can create a market with an overall reduction goal set to collectively achieve the targets of the states involved.

July 2015 Climate Finance Update

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 18:52
During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 18:33
The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Member States to take decisive steps at the national level to prevent, combat and eradicate both the supply of and demand for illegal trade in wildlife.

UN Report Discusses Possible Extinction of Bornean Orangutan

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 18:29
Extensive deforestation and the conversion of Borneo's forests, particularly for oil palm production, are threatening endangered orangutans with extinction, according to a report titled 'The Future of the Bornean Orangutan.' A collaborator on the publication, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), had indicated that over 80% of the orangutan's remaining habitat in Borneo could be lost by the year 2080 under the island's current land-use scenario.

Amazonas Florestal Ltd. Announces Update on New Business and Growth Initiatives

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 17:33
Headquartered in Miami, FL, Amazonas' goal is to become a leader in sustainable forest management, creating revenue while protecting the ...

First ‘fruit tree portfolios’ established in Kenya, in a novel approach to improved year-round nutrition

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 16:58
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) researchers have launched a novel approach to tackle the problem of micronutrient deficiencies, also known as ‘hidden hunger.’ The fruit tree portfolio approach involves cultivating a set of fruit trees on farms, which is carefully...

The U.S.-Brazil Joint Statement on Climate Change: Unacceptable, unambitious and highly dangerous

GFIS - Tue, 04/08/2015 - 16:20
At the end of June 2015, President Barack Obama and President Dilma Rousseff put out a “U.S.-Brazil Joint Statement On Climate Change”. It’s good to see that the two Presidents put climate change at the top of their agenda when they met. The World Resources Institute described the statement as … read more


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