By Roland Mbonteh, Cameroon Tribune, 22 October 2014 | The impact of Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade" (FLEGT) examined in Buea. Following the consequences of illegal forest exploitation, some of which includes the degradation of the environment, loss of public finance and poor living conditions of indigenous forest communities amongst others, the European Union (EU) adopted a strategy in 2000 dubbed "Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade" (FLEGT) in a bid to curb the illegality in countries in Africa and South America exporting timber to Europe. Cameroon with a forest surface area of 19.6 million hectares (3rd largest in Africa) ratified the agreement through law no. 2011/238 of 9 August 2011 while the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife signed an Ordinance in 2013 to implement the agreement.
By Anne Sandbrink, blog.annesandbrink.com, 21 October 2014 | Tomorrow a spin-off of the TED talks will happen in London: the REDD+ Talks. This event will catch the eye of only a specific crowd because it’s not as generic as the TED Talks. All talks will focus on REDD+: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation + Conservation and Sustainable Development. This international mechanism initiated by the United Nations aims to increase the value of standing forest and provide forest communities and developing countries with a new, sustainable pathway to economic growth. Recognizing the economic value of ecosystem services that standing forests provide will not only result in greenhouse gas emission reduction, but will also contribute to forest conservation, biodiversity preservation and sustainable economic development of forest communities.
By Kate Evans, CIFOR Forests News Blog, 22 October 2014 | A declaration by the governors of 21 tropical states and provinces announced recently at the United Nations Climate Summit is one of the “best deals going” for mitigating climate change and protecting tropical forests, a top scientist says. And one non-tropical place—California—could be “key” to the success of the declaration. The Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF) signed the Rio Branco Declaration in August, committing to reduce deforestation by 80 percent by 2020—if pay-for-performance financing can be secured from donor governments and the private sector. Significantly, the governors pledge to channel a substantial share of that revenue toward indigenous people and forest communities. Daniel Nepstad, the Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute, said on the sidelines of the Colloquium on Forests and Climate that although the task force has been a long-term collaboration...
By Carlos Paath, The Jakarta Globe, 23 October 2014 | A list of the ministries that President Joko Widodo plans to merge has come to light, confirming earlier speculation that the Education Ministry would be split up, among other changes. The affected ministries and their new incarnations are listed in a letter submitted to the president to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, a day after his inauguration. “The letter is a request for input on changing the ministries,” Fahri Hamzah, a deputy speaker of the House, told reporters on Thursday morning. “We’ll follow up on it with the rest of the House leaders and the party leaders at two this afternoon.” The proposed changes are as follows: ... The Environment Ministry and the Forestry Ministry will be merged into the Environment and Forestry Ministry.
By Victoria Finlay, The Independent, 18 October 2014 | If Christianity were promoted like climate change is, “it would amount to no more than reading a Gideon’s Bible in a motel chalet and trying to be nice to people” says the climate educator George Marshall. It is time, he argues in Don’t Even Think About It ... to learn from the religions, as well as from advertisers, teachers, film-makers, behavioural scientists and others, to work out how to make climate change something people really care about. There are no graphs in Marshall’s book and he leaves the science until the end. His point is that it’s not really the statistics that will change people’s minds: it’s the story. Instead of numbers, he gives examples, meets people around the world, listens to different points of view, and explores how some people persuade other people to do things (including tricks of rhetoric such as using narratives and the word “we”).
Now is the time for Maori forestry owners to maximise the returns on their assets, a meeting of more than 100 Maori forest owners and others associated with the forestry industry were told at a meeting in Moerewa. Source: New Zealand Herald
We can blame man for the altered composition of Eastern forests, but not climate change, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Source: Science 20
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is partnering with global wood specialists for a New Zealand seminar series in November. Source: Timberbiz
The Senate Economics Committee has asked the corporate watchdog to investigate financing of loans to investors in the failed Great Southern forestry managed scheme. Source: The Australian
Agriculture, forestry and fishing are Australia's second-most dangerous lines of work, with 53 deaths in 2012. This news follows New Zealand figures that reflect much the same findings (DTN 42). Source: The Land
Upper Hutt has been chosen as the North Island base for a forestry management and investment company. Source: Upper Hutt Leader
Plans to make Hobart's Macquarie Wharf the export base for woodchips in the state's south have been called "ludicrous", "alien" and a step backward for tourism and Hobart's cultural image. Source: Yahoo 7 News
There are concerns forest contractors will soon be imported from New Zealand or interstate to meet the demands of Tasmania's plantation industry. Source: ABC News
With desertification threatening agriculture and ecosystems throughout the world, a new initiative hopes to help curb the spread of land degradation and build resilience to climate change.
By Sisonke Msimang, africasacountry.com, 19 October 2014 | The Ebola crisis in Liberia has also shone a spotlight on the faults of the international development system that has propped up Sirleaf’s political leadership. In many ways, one could argue that Ebola serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring cronyism in countries where a government that is friendly to Western governments is in place. Liberia is one of the most dependent countries on Earth: 73% of its gross national income comes from aid agencies and Monrovia, its capital city, is crawling with aid agencies. There are literally hundreds of international NGOs with offices in the city, and in addition to the 800 million the country receives in foreign assistance each year, the UN spends an additional $500 million annually on maintaining a peacekeeping force. So one might have expected that the easiest place to contain Ebola would have been Liberia.
environmentalresearchweb, 20 October 2014 | Rane Cortez from The Nature Conservancy, Chief of Party of the Allianza MREDD+ states, “Mexico is quickly becoming a leader on REDD+ and can serve as a model for other countries. This biomass map and dataset represent one of the important advancements that Mexico has made in developing its national monitoring system and will help the country prioritize its strategies and investments for reducing emissions from deforestation.” This work was made possible by USAID within the framework of Mexico’s REDD+ project, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google.org, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Partners include CONAFOR, MNP, NASA, the University of Maryland, the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CANABIO), the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Rainforest Alliance, and Natural Areas and Sustainable Development (ENDESU).
By Kevin Smith, World Development Movement, 22 October 2014 | Representatives from Colombia and Indonesia have arrived in London to tell the BHP Billiton board that coal-mining is destroying communities. On Thursday morning the board of controversial mining company BHP Billiton will be facing a series of angry community representatives at their AGM who have come to London to describe the impact that coal mining is having in different parts of the world. We're going to be supporting them in a demonstration outside the AGM at 10am at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. Rogelio Ustate and Francisco Tovar are from communities impacted by the Cerrejón coal mine in the La Guajira region of Colombia. The mine, which is part-owned by BHP Billiton has led to the forced removal of numerous farming communities, almost all of Indigenous or African descent.
With an astonishing 40% of Nepal’s population involved in community forestry, the importance of this community-based forestry in the country cannot be overstated. In fact, over a quarter (or 1.6 million hectares) of the total forest area in Nepal is managed by more than 18,000 community forestry...
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By Asa Strong Mt. Mulanje is a large monadnock (relatively isolated hill or mountain) in Southern Malawi, an hour’s drive east of the commercial hub of Blantyre. The granite rocks from its 20 peaks jut 2,500 meters or more into the air, towering over the relatively flat landscape that surrounds them. The mountain area is […]
If all goes as planned, come fall term 2017, Oregon State University’s College of Forestry will be housed in what Dean Thomas Maness describes as “a showpiece on the OSU campus.”(more)
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