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Governor Ayade’s contradictions on REDD in Cross River State, Nigeria

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 17:15
This week, Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade, the governor of Nigeria’s Cross River State, will be in Guadalajara, Mexico taking part in the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Annual Meeting. The aim of the GCF is to link states and provinces running REDD programmes with carbon markets in the rich countries. … read more

A Stoplight Tool to Enhance Communication of Forest Landscape Restoration

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 17:00
Today finds U.S. Forest Service scientist John Stanturf in Portland, Oregon, sharing the “spotlight tool” — a framework he and international collaborators developed to assess forest restoration projects in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation — with communicators from all over…Read more ›

Idaho’s forest families: The Mason Brothers 

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 16:18

Technology plays a part in every piece of equipment loggers use.

More questions than answers when it comes to land use and forests 

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 15:49

The 21st Conference of the Parties (or COP21) in Paris, France last year invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide a Special Report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

When humans stopped living in trees, or how did Lucy die?

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 15:00
Our most famous ancestor, Lucy, may have still lived in trees - and paid for it with her life

All Together Now!

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 14:33
On a Saturday morning in Otoxha, over two dozen men are building a house in the diffused yellow light of a misty tropical morning. They’ve been at it since daybreak, and their work is nearly silent. The materials are modest: a pile of freshly cut cahune palm for the roof, a pile of long rails harvested from jungle trees, and rough-hewn boards of emory wood ready to become walls. There are no saws, hammers or nails. Instead, a pile of dark machetes under the overhang, abandoned out of the rain, and a community of men balancing on the beams and rafters of the house in progress, lashing materials into shape. 

Watersheds Lost Up to 22% of Their Forests in 14 Years. Here’s How it Affects Your Water Supply

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 06:13
By Yiyuan Jasmine Qin and Todd Gartner Drought in Sao Paulo. Flooding in the Himalayas. And pollution in Sumatra. These three distinct water crises have a common cause—degradation in forests. That’s because upstream forests, wetlands and other “natural infrastructure” play a critical role in supplying clean water downstream. They stabilize soil and reduce erosion, regulate […]

Like Tens of Millions of Matchsticks, California’s Dead Trees Stand Ready to Burn

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 00:46
A complex convergence of factors — the drought, bark beetles, a pathogen spreading sudden oak death, and human failings — has devastated huge, breathtaking forest areas.

Kenneth Hall Interview: Resident Manager

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 00:11
About the Forest History Program Interview Series

Between 1997 and 2000, the Forest History Program conducted 33 interviews with various people who played important roles in, or were connected otherwise with the development of the remarkable forest management operation at the Hinton Forest of Weldwood of Canada. These were background information that would be used in a series of books and reports that would follow, all initiated by one book project linked to Weldwood’s 40th anniversary celebrations in Hinton in 1997. Some of these interviews are posted to the fRI Research website for general reading, others are available only with permission for research purposes. All interviews were professionally edited to retain content but improve clarity.

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FAO and partners support natural resource management through sustainable wood fuel use strategies

GFIS - Tue, 30/08/2016 - 00:00

A project that aimed to support the energy needs of over 200 000 South Sudanese refugees in four camps and host communities has been launched by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region.

Tree mortality an increasing concern in Lake Tahoe Basin 

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 20:06

An increase in tree mortality in the Lake Tahoe Basin due to drought conditions and growing bark beetle populations has local experts teaming up to figure out a course of action.

Grant funds available for prescribed burning in parts of Texas

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 19:09

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Landowners in many parts of Texas have an opportunity to receive reimbursement for the cost of having a prescribed burn conducted on their property. This September, Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting applications for three separate grants to assist private property owners with r

CPAWS Southern Alberta Recognized for Excellence in Environmental Education

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 19:01
Calgary, AB – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta (CPAWS SAB) received the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) award of excellence for Outstanding Non-Profit Organization for environmental education August 27th.

Reversing deforestation, restoring landscapes

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 18:55

By Catriona Croft-cusworth, originally published at CIFOR’s Forests News Asia Pacific – Regional leaders gathered this month in Brunei Darussalam to discuss ways to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific. But what does it mean to ‘reverse’ deforestation? And how can it be done without reversing the rapid development that supports the economies and livelihoods of the region? […]

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Amazon forests: Biodiversity can help mitigate climate risks

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 18:22
A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region by accounting for its amazing diversity of trees. Biodiversity can hence be an effective means to mitigate climate risks and should not only be seen in the context of nature conservation.

PARTNER POST: Introducing the new data GLADiator of forest monitoring in Brazil

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 18:22
By Camellia Williams We don’t normally like to Crowe, but we’re really proud to announce the launch of Brazil’s most advanced forest monitoring tool — GLAD Brazil. Are you not entertained by high-resolution, weekly deforestation updates? Updated weekly and available at a high resolution of 30 meters by 30 meters, the satellite-based GLAD (Global Land Analysis and […]

Forest2Market Announces New Regional Sales Manager for Western North America, Joel Swanton

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 16:30

Joel Swanton has joined Forest2Market as Regional Sales Manager for Western North America. In his new role, Swanton will act as a supply chain expert and advisor to existing and prospective customers in the western region, and advise forest products industry participants on the use and integration of Forest2Market products and services into their business decisions. He will also represent Forest2Market at industry meetings. 

REDD in the news: 22-28 August 2016

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 15:48
REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, visit REDD-Monitor’s “REDD in the news” page, or follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.   22 August 2016 Can airlines afford to reduce emissions – and do passengers care? By David Nussbaum (WWF UK), Business Green, 22 … read more

Mining firms start to worry about long-term impacts – but do they understand them?

GFIS - Mon, 29/08/2016 - 15:45

Written by Thais Narciso for UNEP’s stories Mining activities – whether artisanal or industrial in scale – result in two types of environmental and social impacts: primary impacts, which occur on or immediately adjacent to an extraction site, and secondary impacts, which occur because of infrastructure development, population movements, and changes in local economies. Secondary […]

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