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Springer -2 days ago

Institutional quality, economic development and illegal logging: a quantitative cross-national analysis

Abstract Illegal logging is a global concern, associated with severe negative environmental, social and economic impacts, such as deforestation, degradation of biodiversity and loss of government revenues. Despite recent international efforts to combat illegal logging activities, the problem remains widespread. While the academic literature on the subject is extensive, little sys...

CBD -3 days ago

Disaster looms for eastern Himalayas

The Himalayan region is torn between competing interests. It is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It is the cradle of the river systems of Asia. The Ganga, Indus, Brahmaputra and Amu Darya all originate in the Himalayan glaciers. The Himalayan region also contributes to economic development of the Himalayan countries through hydropower. The construction of hydropower projects is con...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Forestry NZ to be renamed, relocated and with a greater role

A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by New Zealand’s Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future. Stuart Nash announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be renamed Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service, and will shift its operational headquarters from Wellington to Rotorua. “The...

Springer -3 weeks ago

Forest plant and macrofungal differences in the Greater and Lesser Khingan Mountains in Northeast China: A regional-historical comparison and its implications

Abstract Forests in Northeast China in the Greater and Lesser Khingan Mountains (GKM and LKM) account for nearly 1/3 of the total state-owned forests in the country. Regional and historical comparisons of forest plants and macrofungi will favor biological conservation, forest management and economic development. A total of 1067 sampling plots were surveyed on forest composition a...

USFS -4 weeks ago

Economic overview and policies

The 2020 edition of the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review provides a statistical review of market developments in the UNECE region in 2019 and the first half of 2020 and the policies driving those developments. This year, the Review also includes forecasts for 2020 and 2021. The UNECE region has three subregions: Europe; EECCA; and North America. It encompasses about 1.7 billion ha of...

timberbiz -4 weeks ago

Biden in risky talks with Brazil to save the Amazon forest

The US is negotiating a multi-billion-dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the re-election of President Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon. Source: The Guardian and Timberbiz That is the concern of indigenous groups, environmental campaigners and civil society activists, who say they are being shut out of the most important talks on the futur...

Mongabay -4 weeks ago

As Brazil’s military pulls out of the Amazon, its legacy is in question

A military operation against environmental violations in the Brazilian Amazon is coming to a close this month after nearly two years, But the show of force, backed by $71 million in funding, has had no meaningful results and leaves the region vulnerable to the pressures of economic development, experts say. Operation Green Brazil was launched […]...

timberbiz -2 months ago

Regrowing tropical forests is nature better than nurture

The destruction of tropical forest is a major contributor to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. In response, conservationists and scientists are debating how to best catalyse recovery of these forests. Source: The Conversation How do you take a patch of earth littered with tree stumps, or even a grassy pasture or palm oil plantation, and turn it back into a thriving forest filled with i...

USFS -2 months ago

Planted forests and natural regeneration in forest transitions: patterns and implications from the U.S. South

<p>Forest transitions—shifts from deforestation to reforestation—are of increasing interest to scientists and policy-makers due to the importance of forest-related environmental benefits. Forest transitions occur through several pathways, including forest scarcity and economic development, each with different drivers and environmental outcomes. The relative roles of planted forests and n...

WRI -2 months ago

STATEMENT: China’s 14th Five-Year Plan Sets Foundation for Climate Action, But Important Details Are Still Needed

STATEMENT: China’s 14th Five-Year Plan Sets Foundation for Climate Action, But Important Details Are Still Needed WASHINGTON (March 11, 2021)—China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) was approved by the National People’s Congress at the Two Sessions in Beijing. This national plan signals the direction of China’s economic development and provides important indicators for the country’s ap...

USFS -2 months ago

African-American Land Tenure and Sustainable Development: Eradicating Poverty and Building Intergenerational Wealth in the Black Belt Region

Throughout the world, especially in areas of persistent poverty, many advocates believe that land ownership coupled with sustainable economic development are key to eliminating poverty, especially in rural areas but also indirectly in urban centers. An economically viable rural America helps reduce outmigration. In many cases, well- paying jobs and affordable housing in large cities are still rela...

CIFOR -3 months ago

Nature at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy

Forests, trees and landscapes have long played a role in economic development, with the rise and fall of societies coinciding with the health of farms, fields and forests and the availability of their biological resources as renewable sources of energy, building materials, food and other ecosystem services. Now, sustainable landscapes are more important than ever in protecting the world from accel...

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