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March 2010

CSO Representative Reviews UN-REDD and World Bank's Forest Carbon Facility


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Nepal's forests: Selling carbon credits

Nepal, like any other developing country, now could sell carbon credits in the global market by way of reducing its contemporary deforestation and degradation rates and by way of forest conservation and enhancement. It sounds too good to be true? No, surely not.

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25 March 2010

World deforestation decreases, but remains alarming in many countries


World deforestation, mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land, has decreased over the past ten years but continues at an alarmingly high rate in many countries, FAO announced today.

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Friday March 12, 2010

US-Alaska: Why does Congress want to raid our best carbon bank?


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Forestry Bribes Increasing

More Lao forestry officials are taking bribes in exchange for illegal logging concessions.

BANGKOK—The number of forestry officials in Laos charged with taking bribes is increasing despite an ongoing crackdown, according to a top government lawyer.

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February 8, 2010

City Dwellers Drive Deforestation in 21st Century

Satellite data reveals that demand from urban areas may be the primary driver of the loss of trees--a shift from the patterns of the past

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February 2, 2010

Uganda: Roads to Ruin

It is possible that the environmental challenge in Africa that will have the biggest impact on the rest of the world is the degradation of the Congo Basin rainforest.  According to Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, in her 2009 book

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January 25, 2010

Kashmir Plans Logging Crackdown to Slow Deforestation

MUZAFFARABAD, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, January 25, 2010 (ENS) - Yousaf Butt, a timber worker in the Neelum Valley at the Line of Control in Kashmir, is worried about his job because of government plans to enforce a ban on the cutting of trees.

UK government is still struggling to understand deforestation and illegal logging

"Cutting down the worlds forests is responsible for about a fifth of global carbon emissions, but what many people may not realise is that this is linked to the illegal trade in timber. This is a major problem for many timber-producing countries in the developing world. It not only causes environmental damage, but costs governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, often involving corruption and funds armed conflict."

REDD for Dummies

TREES are one of the most efficient systems of carbon capture and storage on the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, locking the carbon into their roots, trunk, branches, twigs and leaves and the soil. They are so good at this that about 20% of the greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere can be attributed to deforestation. In the run-up to the climate talks in Copenhagen in December, bright minds around the world are negotiating a formal scheme for reducing the loss of trees as a way of lowering the world’s carbon emissions.


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by Dr. Radut