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UN urges Indonesia to respect the land rights of Aru Islanders threatened by giant sugar plantation

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 17:32
7 October, 2015

In response to an appeal submitted by the Indonesian Indigenous Peoples Alliance (AMAN) and Forest Peoples Programme under its urgent action procedure, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on the Indonesian government to reconsider its plans to allow a private sugar company to take over half of the Aru Islands as a plantation.

The land grab threatens the lands and very survival of the indigenous peoples of the island. The UN body, which oversees State parties’ compliance with their obligations under the treaty (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) notes that under the Convention, long ratified by the Republic, Indonesia has a duty to recognise and protect indigenous peoples’ land rights. The Committee also reminded the government of its previous requests to ensure that the State does not allow its development plans to override indigenous peoples’ rights and amend its Plantations Act so that it respects these rights. The Committee notes that Indonesia has persistently failed to respond to the CERD for over eight years.

Complaint by AMAN and FPP English and Bahasa Indonesia
Response from CERD: English only

RELATED CONTENT Request for consideration of the situation of indigenous peoples of the Aru Islands, Indonesia

Greenpeace releases dramatic drone video of Indonesia’s fires

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 17:27
Greenpeace has released dramatic drone video footage showing burning forests and smoldering peatlands in Borneo. The video shows fires burning on peatlands, rainforests, and oil palm plantations surrounding Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan.

New report finds decreasing human impact on the environment

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 16:50
Some human impacts on the natural world are slowing, and others have even started to decline, according to a report released last month.

Indonesian forest fires on track to emit more CO2 than UK

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 15:46

Greenpeace warns fires raging across forest and peatlands will match the worst year ever and exceed the total annual carbon output of the UK

Fires raging across the forests and peatlands of Indonesia are on track to pump out more carbon emissions than the UK’s entire annual output, Greenpeace has warned.

As well as fuelling global warming, the thick smoke choking cities in the region is likely to cause the premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in the region and is also destroying vital habitats for endangered orangutans and clouded leopards.

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Alarm bells over Indonesia’s plan to reduce green timber certification

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 14:00
The government's plan to reign in sustainable timber requirements for certain industries comes under fire.

Red Alder, A Common Tree in North America

Forestry popular - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:48
Alnus rubra, One of the Most Common North American Trees
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[Brazil] Actor Mark Rylance fronts battle to save the last of the Kawahiva Indians

REDD monitor news - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:38
Survival International, 7 October 2015 Ahead of Columbus Day on October 12, actor Mark Rylance and Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, have launched a new campaign to save the Kawahiva – a small uncontacted hunter-gatherer tribe in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The Kawahiva are one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. Their forest is being invaded by armed loggers, miners and powerful ranchers – in a region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state known for its violence, rampant illegal logging and land grabs. The uncontacted Indians are forced to live constantly on the run from invaders. Many of their relatives have been killed in genocidal attacks. The Kawahiva have demonstrated their wish to remain uncontacted. Their right to choose not to make contact must be respected.

TPP Negotiations Conclude as Grassroots Opposition Grows

REDD monitor news - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:24
Cultural Survival, 5 October 2015 The Trans-Pacific Partnership has taken another step forward today as trade representatives from 12 countries concluded negotiations for the deal. The TPP will be the largest trade deal in history, affecting forty percent of the world’s economy. Yet the text of the deal has remained hidden from the public, despite corporate advisors and interest groups being closely involved in the drafting of the text. Through the deal has been developing since 2008, the public will never have a chance to give input into the text, only a yes or no vote to approve or shut down in congress. This is a result of the TPA ‘’Fast Track” law passed in June 2015.

A tailor-made approach to REDD+ benefit sharing in Mexico

REDD monitor news - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:19
IUCN, 5 October 2015 In Mexico, REDD+ is already being integrated into existing sustainable rural development and landscape management schemes. The country has adopted an approach to benefit sharing that focuses on livelihood improvements with the aim of motivating local stakeholders to sustainably manage natural resources. In REDD+ pilots on the Yucatan Peninsula, CONABIO (Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad) and the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR, Comisión Nacional Forestal) are supporting communities in land-use planning, conservation, sustainable forest management, agroforestry and silvopastoral management. These two commissions are promoting multi-purpose uses of forests, including ecotourism, with the aim of diversifying and improving the incomes of local producers and communities while ensuring the conservation of forests and their biodiversity.

Confor engages with Minister and key MPs at Conservative Conference

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:17
Confor hosted a successful Fringe event and a dinner debate at the Conservative Party conference, explaining the modern face of the forestry and wood sector to key players - including...

A first-blush with forest ecosystems and...

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
A forest ecosystem is one major ecologic unit that exists as a part of the total complex ecological condition.
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How a forest begins, develops and matures over...

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
Forest succession was first accurately described in the literature by Henry David Thoreau in 1860. Foresters have embraced the new science of forest ecology and succession to manage forests and manipulate stands of trees.
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An old growth forest ecosystem will never be...

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Manage Ginkgo - Plant and Grow a Ginkgo

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
How to Manage and ID Ginkgo or Ginkgo biloba
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A portable sawmill is perfect for salvaging...

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
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Smokey's Butterflies

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 7.
Kategorien: Forestry US

Anatomy of a Tree Leaf

Forestry What's hot now - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 13:07
Botanical parts of a leaf. Use these leaf parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
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BPI acquires 45% share in Delion France

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 12:44
State bank to assist in funding the restart of recycled pulp production

A volunteer’s introduction to the Community Conservation Resilience Initiative

GFIS - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 12:44

By: Jan Carl Matysiak*

After my environmental science studies I decided it would be good to experience the real world, beyond the seminars in university. So I applied for a programme run by the German government called Weltwärts that gives me the opportunity to work for one year at a South African organisation called GeaSphere. Now you might ask yourself: That sounds nice but how does this connect to the Global Forest Coalition? I may answer that this is the story ...

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Amazonian deforestation falls sharply since 2000, report finds

Forestry Investment Blog - Mi, 07/10/2015 - 12:43
Deforestation within the Amazon has fallen substantially since the turn of the millennium, a new report has indicated. On Monday (5 October), a research paper was published by The Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG), which is a group of Latin American social and environmental organisations. The study stated that the destruction of primary forests [...]
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