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GIS Lunch & Learn About Metadata

GFIS - 3 hours 5 min ago

Earlier this month, the GIS Program organized an informal GIS Lunch & Learn for fRI staff.  The topic was "Using the EPA Metadata Editor (EME)", a tool made freely available by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. EME is a simple editor that allows users to create and edit practical documentation (metadata) on geospatial data that they create or manage.

fRI manages over 6.5 terabytes (6,500,000,000 bytes!) of spatial data.  Examples of these include roads (lines), data collection sites (points), grizzly bear home ranges (polygons) and imagery.  Each of these spatial datasets contains a wealth of associated information called attributes such as date, type, size, age, etc.  

The EME tool allows us to manage this wealth of information so that we know who created it, why, and what it should be used for.  It also contains information on who is allowed to use it and for what purposes - most of the data used by fRI staff is shared by fRI partners under data sharing agreements.

Staff are now better equipped to document their geospatial data, thus doing their part in growing research into practice!
 

FRI Subject Area: GeospatialDisplay on Maps: Related Program: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program

Banks beware of financing deforestation

GFIS - 5 hours 42 min ago
Over recent months we have been drawing the attention of banks known to finance Indonesian paper company, APRIL, to the company’s dire record of deforestation and social conflicts in Sumatra, and its failure to restrain its activity to conform even with its own weak policy. Some European banks have listened, and have committed to avoid

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Tullis Russell Papermakers in administration

GFIS - 5 hours 45 min ago
Scotland based Tullis Russell Papermakers has entered administration. Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar of...

Indigenous peoples of Peru unite to denounce imminent legal reforms that threaten land rights and announce ultimatum to the Inter American Development Bank

GFIS - 7 hours 1 min ago
28 April, 2015

In a statement published in a national newspaper, the council of AIDESEP, which represents over 1800 communities in the Peruvian Amazon called for the repeal and shelving of recent legal reforms being pushed through Peru’s parliament that threaten to further weaken indigenous peoples’ rights to land in favour of development projects. They also announced that they will file a formal complaint to the Inter American Development Bank’s (IDB) complaint mechanism if promised changes to a nationwide land titling programme remain undelivered.

Law 3941 could, if approved, equip the government with wide ranging powers to privilege and expedite requests by development projects for use rights over land classified as ‘State owned’. AIDESEP point out that this could result in the seizure of those indigenous lands which remain untitled and which they currently estimate extends over 20 million hectares. Furthermore, even those lands that are titled are at risk as loopholes in the law classify all forest land as State owned.

In a letter (Spanish only) written to the President of the Peruvian cabinet and Congress and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples they insisted on the shelving of Law 3941.

We face before us a violation of our rights and dispossession on three fronts. A) A legal dispossession which will block legal recognition [of our lands] and the fundamental freedoms of our communities; b) Territorial dispossession as it will break up our land titles into pieces to avoid affecting lands expropriated for infrastructure [projects] or will continue to slow down the titling of indigenous lands for another 20 years; c) Economic dispossession as it will expropriate parts of our territories with no payment whatsoever and will cancel any future compensation or indemnity payments for use of the lands”.

The statement also announced their intention to pursue national and international legal actions to repeal Law 30230 which was approved in July 2014 and which grants the government wide ranging powers to modify the boundaries of privately held lands in the interests of large scale investment projects. Again, indigenous peoples fear this is a pretext for further dismantling and weakening of indigenous peoples’ land rights.

Finally they announced a 15 day ultimatum to the Peruvian government and the IDB after which they will file a formal complaint at the Independent Complaints Mechanism (ICIM) of the IDB if commitments made to incorporate their concerns are not met. As reported previously, the $80 million land titling project financed by the IDB threatens to further undermine indigenous land rights by privileging the land titling of over 700,000 individual plots of land in the Amazon over and above the pending applications of indigenous peoples that extend to approximately 20 million hectares.

As highlighted by one of the council’s resolutions, the complaint will serve to “correct the project’s errors, avoid violations of indigenous rights, prevent the invasion of settlers and destruction of the Amazon and resolve the contradictions [of the project] as the IDB-PTRT3 project will nullify any reductiojns in deforestation offered by the IDB’s Forest Investment Programme.”

Hundreds of millions of acres of world's forest could be lost by 2030, say WWF

GFIS - 9 hours 28 min ago

Conservationists identify 11 hotspots that could sustain 80% of protected global forest losses over the next two decades

Hundreds of millions of acres of forest could be lost in the next two decades in less than a dozen global hotspots for deforestation, conservationists have warned.

Research by wildlife charity WWF has identified 11 “deforestation fronts” where 80% of projected global forest losses by 2030 could occur.

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Conservation stakeholders hammer out priority actions to fight wildlife crime in Kenya

GFIS - 10 hours 6 min ago
Nairobi, Kenya, 28th April 2015—In a significant effort to scale up Kenya's fight against wildlife crime, public- and private-sector partners have joined forces to address dangerously high levels of poaching and trafficking.

Financiers with commitment needed, Landscapes Summit told.

GFIS - 11 hours 3 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Establishing finance mechanisms by which the private sector can invest in sustainable development was a prominent theme on the first day of the two day Tropical Landscapes Summit 2015 – with the rapid growth of green bonds mooted as a possible solution. Speaking at the plenary session “Understanding the Strategic Value of Forest Assets”, Ben... Read more

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches GreenHarvest towel and tissue products using rapidly renewable plant-based fiber

GFIS - 14 hours 12 min ago
Kimberly-Clark Professional today announced the launch of GreenHarvest products, a cutting edge offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.

CIFOR’s new membership in the Ibero-American Model Forest Network

GFIS - 14 hours 29 min ago
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) recently joined the board of the Ibero-american Model Forest Network (IAMFN). This unique...

Scientists: Base payments for ecosystem services on scientific evidence

GFIS - 16 hours 47 min ago

BOGOR, Indonesia—In an opinion article in Science magazine more than 45 scientists asked policymakers and environmental agencies to “get the science right when paying for nature’s services”. As payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes become increasingly popular, the authors argue that weak science is often the foundation of many projects, and that rigor is often... Read more

Where and how much shea can be grown?

GFIS - 17 hours 29 min ago

Scientists have mapped shea tree populations to identify the potential of existing shea parklands and the most suitable areas for shea trees to grow.

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Producing more in Indonesia’s drylands

GFIS - 17 hours 47 min ago

Farmers in dryland areas of Indonesia are benefiting from the adoption of conservation agriculture alongside agroforestry.

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Canada Forest Delegation Here for Key Talks on Trade Programs

GFIS - 18 hours 19 min ago
Canada Forest Delegation Here for Key Talks on Trade Programs

East Australia one of 11 areas to account for 80% of world forest loss by 2030

GFIS - 19 hours 43 min ago

Between 3m and 6m hectares of forest, mainly across New South Wales and Queensland, could be lost between 2010 and 2030

Eastern Australia is one of the world’s 11 deforestation hotspots that together will account for 80% of global forest loss by 2030, a new report has warned.

Between 3m hectares and 6m hectares of rainforest and temperate forest, mainly stretching across New South Wales and Queensland, could be lost between 2010 and 2030 on current trends, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Forests report.

If business as usual continues, we will see more species disappear and the decline of our water, topsoil and climate.

Related: Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humiliated Australia, Greens say

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Cox investing $11.2M in Orangeburg County expansions, upgrades

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 22:44

Cox Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products, is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.

Softwood lumber deal likely to expire

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 22:29

Canada’s lumber producers say they expect the softwood lumber agreement with the United States will be allowed to expire in October.

How average Oregonians challenged the timber industry – and lost

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 22:22

Seventeen months had passed since a helicopter repeatedly flew over Kathyrn Rickard's neighborhood in Curry County while spraying weed killers.

Build or Burn? Competition for wood on the rise

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 22:11

Wood is becoming an increasingly popular raw material – and not just in the construction sector.

East Australia one of 11 areas to account for 80% of world forest loss by 2030

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 22:07

Between 3m and 6m hectares of forest, mainly across New South Wales and Queensland, could be lost between 2010 and 2030

Eastern Australia is one of the world’s 11 deforestation hotspots that together will account for 80% of global forest loss by 2030, a new report has warned.

Between 3m hectares and 6m hectares of rainforest and temperate forest, mainly stretching across New South Wales and Queensland, could be lost between 2010 and 2030 on current trends, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Forests report.

If business as usual continues, we will see more species disappear and the decline of our water, topsoil and climate.

Related: Tony Abbott's 'captain’s call' over Tasmanian forest humiliated Australia, Greens say

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Tall timber is the future urban solution

GFIS - Mon, 27/04/2015 - 21:56

Tall building and especially tall timber building are a potential solution for meeting growing future needs for high density, low environmental impact urban housing development.

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