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Institutional Strengthening for the Agroforestry Development Program

GFIS - Mon, 26/06/2017 - 15:25
Project Status: PIP. Country: Dominican Republic. Project Number: DR-T1162. Approval date: NA

Forest Investment Program Peru

GFIS - Mon, 26/06/2017 - 15:25
Project Status: PIP. Country: Peru. Project Number: PE-G1003. Approval date: NA

Biodiversity In Queensland Is Being Bulldozed to Oblivion

GFIS - Mon, 26/06/2017 - 05:44

April Reside, a leading ecologist, tells us about scary prospects for wildlife in Queensland, Australia:

Queensland has once again become a global land-clearing hotspot, after its vegetation laws were torn up by the previous state government.

Since then, the rate of forest, woodland, and regrowth destruction has more than doubled.

Land clearing in Queensland is the biggest driver of decline for many species -- including at least 95 species of threatened animals and 12 species of threatened plants.  These include koalas, black-throated finches, cassowaries, and many reptile species.

And this escalating loss of habitat is aggravating other threats such as invasive species and climate change. 

No Permit Needed

Some of the vegetation clearing is being done with so-called "self-assessable codes".  This means that landholders can clear habitat without a permit from the state government.

This also results in little oversight by the federal government -- because nationally threatened species are losing their habitats but neither the federal nor state government is tracking it.

Large-scale clearing, such as for 'high-value agriculture’, is also racing ahead, though at least this requires a permit.

For example, on the remote Cape York Peninsula, one of Australia’s biggest land-clearing applications -- 58,000 hectares, an area larger than 100,000 football fields -- was approved for Strathmore Cattle Station

Even with this massive clearing permit in hand, the land-owner was still found to have conducted illegal clearing, which damaged wetlands and threatened key habitat.

Bizarre Policies

Environmentally speaking, it's getting really strange Down Under.  Australia is spending billions of dollars trying to achieve the carbon-storage benefits already provided by native vegetation, via programs such as the Emissions Reduction Fund, the 20 Million Trees program, and Reef Rescue.

Yet Queensland is undermining these expensive programs by allowing land clearing -- and the huge carbon emissions it generates -- to escalate.

Politically, economically, and ecologically, this defies all logic. 

Queensland needs to cap the clearing of critical habitats for imperiled wildlife -- and it needs to do so now.

In Queensland, the government is letting big landowners run rampant.  Just ask the koalas, birds, and other wildlife whose homes are being bulldozed to oblivion.

Lead image (c) Yatra/Shutterstock


Consultations begin for finalizing guidelines on sustainably managing public natural forests in tropical countries

GFIS - Mon, 26/06/2017 - 00:00

The first of four consultation meetings aimed at finalizing a set of guidelines for the sustainable management of public production forests in tropical countries through forest concessions, in the context of Agenda 2030, begins in Libreville, Gabon on 27 June 2017 and will last for two days.

World Environment Day (WED) Celebration held on 5th June, 2017 under the Theme “Connecting People to Nature” in Benin City, Nigeria

GFIS - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 07:04
Picture and article by Peace Ikponmwonba The World Environment Day (WED) held at Ramat Park, Ikpoba Hill, Benin City, Edo state, Nigeria was indeed a success. Participants included the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Noghehase Obaseki; Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities, Edo state, … Continue reading World Environment Day (WED) Celebration held on 5th June, 2017 under the Theme “Connecting People to Nature” in Benin City, Nigeria

Reflections on the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Bogor, Indonesia

GFIS - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 07:03
Picture and text by Yenyu Lin (Taiwan); link to video recorded interview by Mahtuf Ikhsan (Indonesia) The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) offers students from the Asia-Pacific Region the unique opportunity to engage and interact with members from other Local Committees. Not only does the meeting enable the delegate to engage in cultural and languages exchange, … Continue reading Reflections on the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Bogor, Indonesia

NARM 2017 in Ghana, a Personal Experience

GFIS - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 07:03
Picture and text by Ositadinma Evaristus The long awaited Northern Africa Regional Meeting (NARM) took place at the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Bhrong Ahafo region, Ghana. The event with the official title ‘Improving resilience to climate change and sustainable use of forest, land and Water resources: the role of the youth’ was attended … Continue reading NARM 2017 in Ghana, a Personal Experience

Hidden camera in Italian forest reveals secret lives of wolves, brown bears and wild boar

GFIS - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 05:03

A secret camera hidden in Italy’s Apennine mountains has revealed a forest to be teeming with wildlife, from brown bears and wild boar to wolves and red deer.

A century of Berkeley students have come to these woods – for very different reasons

GFIS - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 04:39

A stand of ponderosa and sugar pines towers over a cluster of humble buildings near this Plumas County town.

Climate hypocrisy: Norway tells Brazil off about deforestation while expanding Arctic oil exploration

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 18:58
Earlier today, during a visit to Oslo, Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, met Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg. After the meeting, Solberg said, “If preliminary figures about deforestation in 2016 are confirmed, it will lead to a reduced payout in 2017.” She added that Norway’s rainforest payments to Brazil are “based on results”. Between 2009 and […]

Bark beetles getting worse, forester says

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 17:55

Bark beetle problems continue to worsen on Northern Idaho forest lands, a university forester says.

Wildfire risk management challenges posed by global change

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:28
Forest fires of Pedrógão Grande (Portugal) with more than 60 fatalities shows how complex are becoming the wildfire risk management under the global change context. Additionally to the vegetation growth induced by rural depopulation and natural forest and plantations expansion, extreme and recurrent weather events reinforced by the climate change […]

The future of fashion? Our forests!

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 13:21
Cotton, silk, leather... it is time to move on from these old-fashioned materials, to something better! This evening in Perugia, in the heart of Italy, young designers will be revealing their ideas of our clothing future, and their inspiration? Forests! Our forests have so much to offer us. Yarns...

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GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 11:18

BMF ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH GROWN IN BRITAIN With around a fifth of general merchant business comprising timber & wood products, maximising sales opportunities in the category is key to profitability.With this in mind, the Builders Merchants Federation has embarked on a strategic partnership with British timber promotion campaign Grown in Britain, to help BMF […]

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Ivory seizure exposes Japan’s lax domestic ivory trade controls

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:49
Tokyo, Japan, 23rd June 2017—Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on 20th June the seizure of 18 ivory tusks believed to be in illegal trade in violation of LCES[1], the Japanese legislation that regulates trade in threatened species.

How Growing Trees Helps Fight Poverty in Cameroon

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:33

Originally published on the website of National Geographic “If I’m a farmer in Cameroon the true reality is that I’m not part of the value chain of cash crops on international market. I’m the victim of the prices,...

The post How Growing Trees Helps Fight Poverty in Cameroon appeared first on Agroforestry World.

Can REDD+ help Brazil roll back rising deforestation rates?

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 04:00

Role of REDD+ in stemming deforestation since 2004 is unclear—as is its potential for reversing the recent upward trend

Russ Vaagen: Prescribed fire – important tool for the forest when used correctly 

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 03:59

People are talking about prescribed fire as a tool for fuels reduction and forest restoration.

A washed-out road sharpens concerns about a Bitterroot timber project

GFIS - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 03:19

A portion of the upper road sloughed away, creating a landslide that swept mud, logs and boulders down the hillside and across the lower roadway clear to Willow Creek itself.

Prescribed Fire

GFIS - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 21:50

There’s a great deal of talk in today’s forest management circles about the use of prescribed fire as a tool to manage forests.  Fire can certainly be a great tool to reduce forest fuels and maintain tree spacing.  It’s been used by mother nature for eons.  So much so that many tree species like Ponderosa … Continue reading "Prescribed Fire"

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