Environment, Carbon and Forests
SALT LAKE CITY, USA—Preliminary research shows somewhat limited village-level participation in early-stage efforts at curbing emissions through avoided tropical deforestation, according to scientists presenting at a recent conference. The findings from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiatives in six countries relate to REDD+ safeguards, which were created to mitigate social and... Read more
Tasmanian government blames deficit on deal brokered by Labor and Greens to protect 400,000 hectares of forest
Environmentalists and the forestry industry have rejected the Tasmanian governments claim that a disastrous deficit posted by the states taxpayer-owned forest corporation was the result of a peace deal between loggers and green groups.
Forestry Tasmania, which is responsible for logging the states forests, posted a $43m loss on Thursday, more than triple the $14m deficit it recorded last year.Continue reading...
Oct. 30, 2014 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of Texas A&M Forest Service employees convened Tuesday at the Bell County Expo Center for their annual personnel meeting. The meeting recognized those who made significant contributions to the agency’s efforts over the past year. During the awards ceremony, Director Tom Boggus, praised the agency’s over 400 employees for their continued service and support of the agency’s mission — with special emphasis on their dedication to building strong partnerships and the capacity of others. “Everything we do in this agency is about building capacity, which comes from dedication and commitment without regard of who gets the credit,” Boggus said. The annual gathering allowed employees from across the state to come together and reflect on the previous year’s accomplishments while enjoying comradeship. This year’s special guest speakers were former directors, Bruce Miles (1981–96) and James B. Hull (1996–2008). Miles recounted his time with the agency sharing several memorable moments. One in particular was when he had the opportunity to escort then Governor George W. Bush through a town that had recently been devastated by a wildfire. He said he was proud of the governor’s commitment to letting the public know what he’d seen and heard from those affected by the wildfire. Miles emphasized his popular saying “Eighty-five percent of being successful is just showing up.” He was followed by Hull who spoke accolades of the agency’s commitment to build capacity and the future of the agency. “For those of you who have been hired in the past six years since I’ve retired I want to give you a special ‘thank you,’” Hull said. “You are the folks who are carrying on accomplishing the dreams and visions we’ve put in place through the years. It’s in your hands, thank you so much.” Boggus echoed those thoughts by closing out the meeting saying “Because of the people I see in this room, I know the best is yet to come for this agency.” Forty-seven employees were recognized for five or more years of service. Associate Director Mark Stanford in College Station received an award for 35 years of service with the agency. Additional awards were issued to the following Texas A&M Forest Service employees: Director’s Award for Support Staff Field: Regional Office Associate Michele Gonzales, Austin Gonzales is recognized for her professionalism and the positive image she projects to the public. She excels at managing a diverse, geographically-challenged office and a wide scope of responsibilities. Professional: Chief Response Training Coordinator Chris Angerer, College Station Angerer possesses an exceptional resume of recent accomplishments for improving and growing the agency’s training programs and exceptional leadership. Office: Business Associate Gwendolyn “Suzy” Cossey, College Station Cossey demonstrated exceptional support and enthusiasm for the agency’s communications and marketing objectives, providing well-thought-out and innovative improvements for the benefit of our fire department customers. Director’s Award for Team Effort Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Translocation Team: Resource Specialists Mike Adams, Conroe; Mike Borski, Conroe; David Ivy, Smithville; John Settlocker, Woodville; and Raymond Uballe, Conroe; District Forester John Warner, Conroe; and Biologist Donna Work, Lufkin. This team represents the finest efforts by the agency in its traditional mission of caring for the state’s forests. Their performance as a team above normal duties and innovative approach to problem solving ranked them above competition. Director’s Award for Technical Forestry Geospatial Systems Coordinator Curt Stripling, College Station Stripling’s efforts and leadership behind the development of risk assessment portal tools, and the breadth of the project’s impact across the southern states made him a standout choice in this category. Charles Krenek Award for Resource Specialist Resource Specialist Fred Luecke, Smithville Luecke stood out with contributions well above expectations of his title. A trailblazer in aviation support to wildfire suppression, his commitment to the mission had a high impact on the agency. D.A. “Andy” Anderson I&E Award Arson Dog Team: Dozer with Law Enforcement Investigator Kevin Pierce, Lufkin; Tracker with Law Enforcement Investigator Jarred Lemmon, Linden; Web Developer Brian Hecht, College Station; Information Technology Administrator Jeremy Lang, College Station; and Conservation Education Coordinator Leslie Kessner, College Station. The team’s outstanding efforts to educate Texans on forest resource protection resulted in their nomination for this award. They received high scores in public education, awareness and activities. ### Editor’s note: Photos from the personnel meeting can be found on the agency’s Flickr account. Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts: Jessica Jackson, Communications Specialist 979-458-6619, firstname.lastname@example.org Texas A&M Forest Service Communications 979-458-6606, email@example.com
Protests are currently taking place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where TREE AID’s largest African office is based. In response to this our staff in Ouagadougou will be working from their homes whilst the unrest continues. TREE AID projects in Burkina Faso are not affected and work is continuing as usual. If you would like any more information or to contact [...]
We currently have three full time job vacancies at the Forest Peoples Programme:
VACANCY: PROJECT OFFICER INDONESIA To be based in Indonesia with the main task of liaison with FPP’s partners and assisting with FPP’s research and advocacy programme in Indonesia and South East Asia in support of forest peoples’ rights. Deadline for applying 14 November 2014. For full job description and application form click here.
VACANCY: LAWYER - AFRICA WITH FOCUS ON CAMEROON to work within the context of forest peoples’ rights in Africa, with a central focus on national legal reforms and other work themes of importance to FPP’s community and civil society partners.Deadline for applying 18 November 2014. For full job description and application form click here.
VACANCY: COMMUNITY MAPPING AND INNOVATIVE INFORMATION SYSTEMS DESIGNER to develop our mapping and information management strategies with our local partners. Specifically to help implement and further develop mapping and documentation initiatives supporting forest communities, as well as tracking government and corporate compliance with human rights laws and standards in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Deadline for applying 17 November 2014. For full job description and application form click here.
Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030
Fifteen years years ago the villages around Abrha Weatsbha in northern Ethiopia were on the point of being abandoned. The hillsides were barren, the communities, plagued by floods and droughts, needed constant food aid, and the soil was being washed away.
Today, Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region is unrecognisable and an environmental catastrophe has been averted following the planting of many millions of tree and bush seedlings. Wells that were dry have been recharged, the soil is in better shape, fruit trees grow in the valleys and the hillsides are green again.Continue reading...