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CIFOR -yesterday

EARTH DAY: Can Sumatran elephants and people coexist?

A new study tries to help the forest giants on the brink of extinction

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Mongabay -12 hours ago

Video: Meet Indonesia’s go-to expert witness against haze-causing plantation firms

Helping the Indonesian government prosecute companies accused of environmental crimes is a risky job. Last year, Bambang Hero Saharjo, the Indonesian environment ministry’s chief expert witness against plantation companies accused of setting fires or allowing them to spread, was sued by a palm oil...

IISD -12 hours ago

Event: Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize a joint session of the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 77th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting...

IISD -15 hours ago

Collaborative Partnership on Forests Launches Process to Scale Up Forest and Landscape Restoration in the Tropics

WRI calculates that the “global restoration opportunity” for FLR could be as much as two billion hectares of land worldwide, making a substantial contribution to SDG 15 (life on land) and other targets and commitments embodied in related international processes and declarations. The First Expert...

IISD -15 hours ago

Guest Article: First Work Programme of IPBES Will Culminate in the Release of the #GlobalAssessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Since its inception in 2012, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released seven assessment reports that have informed national and international decision-making for people and nature. The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosys...

Mongabay -16 hours ago

Less rainforest, less rain: A cautionary tale from Borneo

If you flew over the island of Borneo in 1950, you would see nearly unbroken, untouched forest from one end to the other. Of course, there would be villages and cities, roads and trails, but the vast majority of the landscape would be forest. Much your flight might get boring: mangroves on the coast...

Mongabay -16 hours ago

Report finds World Bank’s coal divestment pledge not stringent enough

Indonesia provides a litmus test for the World Bank’s commitment to divest from coal, with a recent report revealing its continued indirect financing of some of Indonesia’s most destructive coal-mining companies. The report by Inclusive Development International, Bank Information Center Europe a...

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Forests and Climate Change

Springer -12 hours ago

Aboveground biomass allometric equations and distribution of carbon stocks of the African oak ( Afzelia africana Sm.) in Burkina Faso

Abstract The significant role of tropical forest ecosystems in the global carbon budget has increased the need for accurate estimates of tropical forest biomass. The lack of large-scale biomass allometric equations hampers the understanding of the spatial distribution of tree biomass and carbon stocks and their influencing factors in West Africa. This study aimed to develop allom...

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Climate Change Adaptation

timberbiz -22 hours ago

Apple invests in Colombian forest

The fishing community of Cispatá Bay on the coast of Colombia might seem like the unlikely site of an investment for Apple. But the tech giant, which is funding the protection of a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in the area, sees it as a strategic part of its fight to mitigate climate change. Source: Fast Company Forests are an effective and low-cost way to capture CO2 at a time when new technology ...

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Ecological and Habitat Restoration

CIFOR -12 hours ago

FTA at GLF: Using forests to support wellness

The Good Heritage founder Doreen Mashu spoke to the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) on the sidelines of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) 2018 in Bonn, Germany, at which she participated in a discussion titled “Delivery of quality and diverse planting material is a major constraint for restoration. What solutions, what emerging needs?” Read more on the FTA webs...

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Forests & SDGs

IISD -15 hours ago

Collaborative Partnership on Forests Launches Process to Scale Up Forest and Landscape Restoration in the Tropics

WRI calculates that the “global restoration opportunity” for FLR could be as much as two billion hectares of land worldwide, making a substantial contribution to SDG 15 (life on land) and other targets and commitments embodied in related international processes and declarations. The First Expert Group Meeting for FLR in the Tropics launched a process to develop comprehensive guidance for harne...

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reThinkWood

USFS -2 weeks ago

Moisture monitoring and modeling of mass-timber building systems

The use of mass timber structural products in tall building applications (6–20 stories) is becoming more common around the world including North America. A potential concern is the environmental wetting of mass timber products during construction because such products may dry out more slowly than light-frame structural lumber, and wood, as an organic material, is susceptible to deterioration at ...

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Wildfires

timberbiz -23 hours ago

Fuel reduction burning a must for Australian forests

Veteran firefighter Ewan Waller has called for fuel reduction burning to be an integral part of a visionary, long-term policy for managing fire in the forest. His thoughts were prompted by the recent fires in Gippsland and his memories of the Black Saturday inferno when he experienced the nauseating feeling of walking over the charred remains of countless birds. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbi...

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Wetlands

Hindawi Publishing Corporation -3 days ago

Height-Diameter Allometry for Tree Species in Tanzania Mainland

Total tree height (H) and diameter at beast height (D) are important independent variables in predicting volume, biomass, and other forest stand attributes. However, unlike D measurement, which is easy to measure with high accuracy, H measurement is laborious. This study, therefore, developed H-D relationships for ten different forest types in Tanzania Mainland. Extents in which climate and forest...

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Forest & Food Security

IISD -6 days ago

Forest and Farm Facility Launches Partnership in Togo in Support of SDGs

The FFF aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people by working with forest and farm producer organizations to increase their technical and commercial capacities to tackle climate change and improve food security. The second phase of FFF aims to help deliver the SDGs....

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Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases

Elsevier -3 days ago

Biological control of Gonipterus: Uncovering the associations between eucalypts, weevils and parasitoids in their native range

Publication date: 1 July 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 443Author(s): André Garcia, Geoff R. Allen, Rolf G. Oberprieler, Ana Paula Ramos, Carlos Valente, Ana Reis, José Carlos Franco, Manuela BrancoAbstractThe study was initiated by the relative failure of the parasitoid Anaphes nitens in controlling the eucalypt weevil Gonipterus platensis on the Iberian Peninsula. Our aim wa...

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