Environment, Carbon and Forests
Presentation by Robert Nasi, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, et al. at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation in Montpellier, France, 19-23 June 2016. The harvest of forest wildlife provides invaluable benefits to local people, but understanding of such practices remains fragmentary. With global attention drawn to the issue […]
New research analyzes hundreds of YouTube sports hunting videos in order to better understand the motive of Brazilian sport hunters.
Press: Indigenous land rights defenders intimidated after protesting sale of Maasai land for tourism
Press Release *For Immediate Release*
Intimidation of land rights defenders in Tanzania must stop, says international human rights organisation Forest Peoples Programme.
Since 12 July, 18 Maasai elected officials, teachers, activists and community members who have been defending their lands from large-scale foreign safari companies have been arrested by local authorities in Ngorongoro district, northern Tanzania. The Tanzanian government alleges that they pose a threat to national security. Another 52 names are allegedly contained on the list held by police for future arrest.
Many of those arrested were held for more than 10 days without charge, and with no access to legal representation or medical assistance. Four individuals suffered beatings while in custody. A lawyer who attended the police station to defend those arrested was also himself arrested, although later released. Those remaining in custody were charged and released on bail overnight after a national media campaign, and a demonstration by lawyers who boycotted all court activities. A number of individuals targeted for arrest remain in hiding. There are indications that police are still continuing to pursue arrests. Read the press release in full.
Agroforestry at International Farming Systems Association Conference
An agroforestry workshop took place at the International Farming Systems Association Conference on 13 July 2016 at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, England. Seven speakers from the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, and Portugal provided updates of their research to an international audience. A fascinating field trip was held on 14 July.
MED Investment Operations – Part 1: Anyone want to buy 345 million REDD carbon credits? Only US$6.80 each
The latest data from Eurostat indicates that the EU is on target to meet its renewable energy target of 20 percent by 2020. In 2014, with six years left to reach the targets, 16 percent of the region’s energy was derived from renewable sources. The Baltic Rim countries have been some of the most successful, with Sweden (49 percent), Finland (38 percent), Estonia (25 percent) and Lithuania (23 percent) already exceeding their shares. Denmark (30 percent), Latvia (40 percent), Poland (15 percent) and Germany (18 percent) are on trajectory to meet their targets, though they have yet to do so.
By Paola Agostini, Lead Environomental Economist, and Werner Kornexl, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist
Vibrant landscapes are not just beautiful to look at, they are productive and resilient. They provide the natural resources and ecosystem services that underpin economic activities like agriculture, mining, and energy, and are thus vital to national economies and the jobs and wellbeing of billions of people. However, in many areas across the globe, economic activities are being carried out at an unsustainable level, undermining the very landscapes on which we depend. FAO estimates that worldwide land degradation costs US$40 billion per year.
The Caribou Program has mounted about 50 trail cameras on seismic lines in west-central Alberta to monitor how wildlife are using these features. The trail cameras are programmed to take pictures every day at noon, plus whenever they detect movement. The data adds to our understanding of how linear features on the landscape are affecting species like caribou, and it is essential for suggesting which linear features are priorities for restoration.
Find out more about this project here.Related Content: Video: Setting Up Trail Cameras with the Caribou Program