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Springer -just now

Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

CFS -3 hours ago

Current status of Landsat program, science, and applications

Formal planning and development of what became the first Landsat satellite commenced over 50 years ago in 1967. Now, having collected earth observation data for well over four decades since the 1972 launch of Landsat-1, the Landsat program is increasingly complex and vibrant. Critical programmatic elements are ensuring the continuity of high quality measurements for scientific and operational inve...

Springer -17 hours ago

Soil carbon stock in olive groves agroforestry systems under different management and soil characteristics

Abstract The atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased to unprecedented levels during last decades, raising concerns about their effect on climate change. Agriculture and land use change play an important role in atmospheric CO2 emission and fixation, especially by affecting the soil carbon (C) storage. In this context, agroforestry systems (AFSs) could play a...

CATIE -19 hours ago

Clima Pesca: pescando con teléfonos inteligentes

Clima Pesca es una herramienta de Centro Clima que brinda datos e información climática que ayuda a los pescadores a planificar mejor su actividad. Además, facilita a los institutos información para analizar los impactos del clima en la pesca....

Climate Change Adaptation


Springer -2 days ago

Allopolyploidization facilitates gene flow and speciation among corn, Zea perennis and Tripsacum dactyloides

Abstract Main conclusion Tripsacum dactyloides is closely related to Zea mays since Zea perennis and the MTP tri- species hybrid have four possible reproductive modes. Eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides L.) and tetraploid perennial teosinte (Zea perennis) are well known to possess genes conferring resistance again...

IISD -3 days ago

Institutional Finance Update: Steering Capital Towards Global Investments in Climate-aligned Assets

IFC started applying Green Loan Principles to spur growth of USD 33 billion green loan market. EIB approved EUR 4.8 billion of transport, business, urban and energy financing in Europe. EU announced funding of low-carbon infrastructure and environment projects, expected to unlock EUR 3.2 billion. In 2018, NDF approved nine projects totaling EUR 47 million, including EUR 10 million to projects unde...

CFS -6 days ago

Limber pine (Pinus flexilis James) genetic map constructed by exome-seq provides insight into the evolution of disease resistance and a genomic resource for genomics-based breeding

Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is a keystone species of high-elevation forest ecosystems of western North America, but some parts of the geographic range have high infection and mortality from the non-native white pine blister rust caused by Cronartium ribicola. Genetic maps can provide essential knowledge for understanding genetic disease resistance as well as local adaptation to changing climates....

Elsevier -7 days ago

Forest degradation promotes fire during drought in moist tropical forests of Ghana

Publication date: 15 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 440Author(s): Francis K. Dwomoh, Michael C. Wimberly, Mark A. Cochrane, Izaya NumataAbstractForest reserves in Ghana are the only significant refugia of natural tropical forests, but they are threatened by land use pressures that have led to widespread forest degradation. Additional stress from climate perturbations, such a...

Ecological and Habitat Restoration


Springer -just now

Progresses in restoration of post-mining landscape in Africa

Abstract Mining alters the natural landscape and discharges large volumes of wastes that pose serious pollution hazards to the environment, to human health and to agriculture. As a result, the recent 2 decades have witnessed a global surge in research on post-mining landscape restoration, yielding a suite of techniques including physical, chemical, biological (also know...

The Guardian -20 hours ago

The Guardian view on rewilding Scotland: an immodest proposal | Editorial

If undertaken in the right spirit, the restoration of huge tracts of the Highlands could be a hugely beneficial enterpriseWhat exactly is meant by rewilding depends on who is talking about it. The term was coined by Dave Foreman, a leading figure in the 1980s wave of environmental direct action in the US, to describe the kind of large-scale wilderness restoration he and others advocated. Their ide...

Global Forest Coalition -yesterday

“Respect traditional knowledge and promote community-led conservation”, say West African groups on International Day of Forests

From 18 to 21 March 2019, 32 representatives of local community groups, women’s groups and NGOs gathered for a West African skillshare on gender-sensitive community-based forest conservation and restoration initiatives, and a strategy meeting on bioenergy developments. The event was was organised by the Global Forest Coalition, in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, t...

Forests & SDGs


IISD -20 hours ago

UNFF Reflects on Forest Policy Coherence

The note suggests that UNFF 14 emphasize the importance of enhancing synergies and collaboration in advancing coherent implementation and achievement of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, voluntary national contributions and NDCs. The note also emphasizes he need to continue to address interlinkages between forests and the SDGs...

IISD -20 hours ago

UNFF Note Highlights Linkages Among Forests, SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16

In line with the 2019 HLPF review cycle, the UNFF Bureau decided that technical discussions at UNFF would focus on the following priorities: forests and SDG 13; forests and SDG 8; and forests and SDGs 4, 10 and 16, taking into account SDG 17. The UNFF Secretariat released a background note that analyzes the interlinkages among these Goals and makes suggestions for UNFF 14....

ITTO -2 days ago

Learn to love forests! Helping build a sustainable future through forest education

Understanding forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. It’s so important, in fact, that “Forests and Education” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests on 21 March. ITTO is marking the day by showing how diverse forest stakeholders are learning about forests and their roles in meeting human needs and the Sustainable Development Goals. T...

IISD -3 days ago

Special ‘Forests’ Issue Focuses on Role of Forests in Achieving SDGs

One article in the dedicated ‘Forests’ issue maps the positive impacts of sustainable forest management on SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 13 and SDG 15. Another article presents linkages among community and smallholder forestry and 31 SDG targets....

reThinkWood


timberbiz -yesterday

Woodsolutions SA seminar in timber applications

Timber has been used in various applications from residential housing, marine structures, and more recently mid-rise and multi-storey buildings. However, which species of timber and engineered timber product can be used in the various architectural and structural applications available to those specifying timber? This free South Australian seminar is organised by Woodsolutions and will present...

timberbiz -1 month ago

International accolades for International House

International House in Sydney, the first commercial office building in Australia made from timber, has won a major award at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. The seven-floor structure, which is also the world’s tallest commercial building made from engineered wood, was awarded the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize. The award is supported by PEFC. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz...

timberbiz -1 month ago

AFPA calls for 400,000 hectares of trees to be planted

Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will create expanded opportunities for designers, developers and builders to develop innovative mid-rise timber buildings. However, this positive development again reinforces the need for focus on future timber supply and getting more trees planted to ensure demand can be met in coming decades. Source: Timberbiz The range of building classes in which...

timberbiz -1 month ago

New National Construction Code to increase demand for timber products 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released the preview version of the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) that increases the range of buildings, up to an effective height of 25m, in which fire-protected timber construction systems can be used. The new Classes add schools, retail premises, hospitals and aged care facilities to the previously approved multi-residential, hospitality accomm...

Wildfires


timberbiz -yesterday

Europe in the loop of climate change and forest fires

A coalition of land and forestry bodies has called on the European Union to show a firm commitment to encouraging forestry management practices that will help prevent or lessen such fires, so forests can be left standing to make a positive contribution to carbon capture. Ahead of the International Day of Forests, a joint statement was issued by the Confederation of European Forest Owners, f...

Mongabay -7 days ago

Study identifies climate-resilient trees to help orangutan conservation

The IUCN has identified tree species that are resilient to deepening drought and fires brought on by climate change in Indonesian Borneo. The species will be used for government-backed forest restoration efforts in a national park that has been severely degraded by human settlement and forest fires. The ongoing destruction of Indonesia’s Kutai National Park […]...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Roundwood prices surge in Sweden

Sweden’s forest industries have the capability to produce high-quality, high-margin wood products in large part due to access to quality wood raw materials. Like all forest economies, the raw material supply plays a crucial role in the forest industry’s long-term success and ability to manage sustainable growth. Recent developments in the domestic raw material base show that supply risks a...

CBD -1 week ago

Low elevation forests finding it more difficult to regrow after fires due to climate change

A team of researchers from the University of Montana, the University of Colorado and the U.S. Forest Service has found evidence that suggests low-elevation forests have difficult recoveries after forest fires due to climate change. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine trees in several parts of...

Wetlands


WRI -yesterday

Debunking Myths: 5 Things to Know About Green Infrastructure

Debunking Myths: 5 Things to Know About Green Infrastructure Comments|Add Comment|PrintGreen infrastructure like healthy forests, wetlands and coral reefs can cheaply and effectively enhance the performance of traditional built, or “gray infrastructure.” Photo by Marizilda Cruppe/Flickr More than 600 million people lack clean drinking water. Drought affects more than 35 million every year. A...

CBD -4 days ago

Climate change negatively affects waterbirds in the American West

New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West - affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering....

Elsevier -1 week ago

Long-term demography and stem productivity of Everglades mangrove forests (Florida, USA): Resistance to hurricane disturbance

Publication date: 15 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 440Author(s): Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, Tess M. Danielson, Edward Castañeda-Moya, Brian D. Marx, Rafael Travieso, Xiaochen Zhao, Evelyn E. Gaiser, Luis M. FarfanAbstractMangrove wetlands along coastal regions in neotropical northern latitudes are exposed to frequent hurricanes and therefore depend on resistant and resilient...

CBD -1 week ago

On Kangaroo Island and elsewhere, beware the lure of the luxury ecotourist

Kangaroo Island, less than 130 kilometres from Adelaide, is one of Australia's ecological jewels. Tourism Australia describes it as a "pristine wilderness", with cliffs, beaches, wetlands and dense bushland offering protection to native animals such as penguins, sea lions, pelicans, koalas and, of course, kangaroos....

Forest & Food Security


timberbiz -2 weeks ago

UN’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The United Nations has issued a global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored. Sources: Timberbiz, CIFO...

CBD -2 weeks ago

FAO, ICBA ink agreements to save plant genetic resources, boost food security in world's marginal areas

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, and Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA),Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, signed two landmark agreements today, expanding existing cooperation between the two institutions on plant genetic resources, biosaline agriculture and climate change adaptati...

USFS -2 weeks ago

The role of native peoples in managing natural disasters

<p>The leading role of native peoples in natural disaster management within the framework of the Promotion of Food Security and Social Inclusion in the Lempa Region of Western Honduras Program (PROSADE LEMPA) involves:</p> <ul> <li>Actions aimed at reducing the imminent risk to remnant forests and the most vulnerablepopulations due to "Natural Disaster" caused b...

CBD -2 weeks ago

In protecting their forests, these women transformed their futures

Had it not been for the women of the Roro tribe, things might look bleaker in their lush corner of Papua New Guinea.Set upon by companies unsustainably extracting the fish and timber that provide the indigenous group's livelihoods and food security, the Roro saw an already difficult existence becoming harder....

Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases


Mongabay -4 days ago

Invasive plants a fast-growing threat to India’s rhinos

On a gloomy afternoon in May 2018, conservation biologist Bibhab Talukdar was visiting Pobitora National Park in India’s Assam state. As he rode an elephant into the grasslands at the core of the park he was met with an alarming sight: a luxuriant growth of a low, bushy herb with small green leaves and creamy […]...

CBD -4 days ago

Invasive plants a fast-growing threat to India's rhinos

On a gloomy afternoon in May 2018, conservation biologist Bibhab Talukdar was visiting Pobitora National Park in India's Assam state....

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Effects of land use change and Quercus rubra introduction on Vaccinium myrtillus performance in Pinus sylvestris forests

Publication date: 15 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 440Author(s): Beata Woziwoda, Marcin K. Dyderski, Andrzej M. JagodzińskiAbstractTree species diversity can positively affect numerous forest functions. This is why Scots pine monocultures, widely promoted in Central Europe since the 18th Century, are converted into mixed stands, also with broadleaved species of alien origi...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Effects of prescribed fire and stem-injection herbicide on Ailanthus altissima demographics and survival

Publication date: 1 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 439Author(s): Joanne Rebbeck, Todd F. Hutchinson, Louis R. IversonAbstractAilanthus altissima ((Mill.) Swingle, tree-of-heaven, Chinese sumac, stink tree) is a nonnative invasive tree that is common throughout much of the eastern United States. It can invade and expand dramatically when forests are disturbed. Anecdotal evide...

Bio-economy


CEPI -2 weeks ago

The European forest-based value chain issues position on forest management and sustainable investments

In the context of the European Commission’s work on developing a classification system for sustainable investments, CEPI and the European organisations representing the European forest-based bioeconomy value chain have issued a joint statement on the role of forest management in the proposed taxonomy regulation. The statement notably addresses the value of sustainable and active forest manageme...

Elsevier -3 weeks ago

Mapping forest-based bioeconomy research in Europe

Publication date: Available online 28 February 2019Source: Forest Policy and EconomicsAuthor(s): Marko Lovrić, Nataša Lovrić, Robert MavsarAbstractThe forest-based sector is one of the pillars of the European bioeconomy, which is an economic development perspective based on biotechnology and life sciences. In order to address relevant issues of this new policy setting, the forest-based segment ...

CEPI -4 weeks ago

REINVEST 2050 in the European Parliament, Strasbourg

  Previously known as "To our roots and beyond", the second edition of our project REINVEST 2050 was launched with an event in the European Parliament on 12 February in Strasbourg. The exhibition was hosted by Members of the European Parliament Elsi Katainen (ALDE, Finland) and Ludek Niedermayer (EPP, Czech Republic). It showcased 21 success stories about investments in innovation and ground-b...

SMY -1 month ago

Point of view: Finnish political parties play climate bingo with years – party programmes contain unexpected standpoints on forestry issues

In their programmes, Finnish political parties take a positive stand on promoting forest bioeconomy. Political debate may bring clarity to […] The post Point of view: Finnish political parties play climate bingo with years – party programmes contain unexpected standpoints on forestry issues appeared first on Finnish Forest Association....

Forest Biodiversity


Springer -just now

Progresses in restoration of post-mining landscape in Africa

Abstract Mining alters the natural landscape and discharges large volumes of wastes that pose serious pollution hazards to the environment, to human health and to agriculture. As a result, the recent 2 decades have witnessed a global surge in research on post-mining landscape restoration, yielding a suite of techniques including physical, chemical, biological (also know...

Springer -just now

Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

IISD -20 hours ago

UNFF Reflects on Forest Policy Coherence

The note suggests that UNFF 14 emphasize the importance of enhancing synergies and collaboration in advancing coherent implementation and achievement of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, voluntary national contributions and NDCs. The note also emphasizes he need to continue to address interlinkages between forests and the SDGs...

timberbiz -yesterday

Europe in the loop of climate change and forest fires

A coalition of land and forestry bodies has called on the European Union to show a firm commitment to encouraging forestry management practices that will help prevent or lessen such fires, so forests can be left standing to make a positive contribution to carbon capture. Ahead of the International Day of Forests, a joint statement was issued by the Confederation of European Forest Owners, f...

Forest Certification


PEFC -20 hours ago

Learn to love forests, learn about Humans of the Forests!

Forests provide so much. They are beautiful, they keep our water fresh, they clean our air, and their timber is an important renewable and sustainable resource for so many of our day-to-day products. Yet there is so much more about forests than meets the eye, and forests inspire and evoke deep...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

PEFC -7 days ago

Forests for Fashion initiative sets new trends

To showcase the innovative potential of sustainably produced forest fibres, our Forests for Fashion Initiative participated in the largest global meeting on the environment: the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly. From 10-15 March, an exhibit of stunning and innovative clothes made by...-- Delivered by Feed43 service...

What Wood -1 week ago

Segezha Group certifies deliveries and logging on FSC and PEFC systems

In 2018 all businesses Segezha Group (part of AFK “Sistema”) confirmed the compliance of its activities to the requirements of the voluntary forest certification according to FSC scheme (FSC-C133272). About it reported in a press release sent months of this year. In parallel with FSC certification for several business units (BU Karelia, Onega BAA) introduced […]...

timberbiz -1 week ago

Canadian FSC wants to raise the forestry bar

A new bar will soon be set on what counts as sustainable forestry, holding potential implications for the future of the woodland caribou and of the forestry industry itself. After years of debate, the Canadian division of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) hopes to have its updated forest management standards approved by its international body in the coming weeks to set an example for lawmake...

Forests & Water


CBD -yesterday

Research investigates impact of climate change on glacier-fed rivers in Peru

Remote communities in the Peruvian Andes, as well as communities downstream, depend on the water from melting glaciers and mountain ecosystems to provide them with food and power, and to support industry....

The Guardian -2 days ago

Country diary: swelling buds await spring's starting gun

Durham City: Sycamore and red-berried elder are among the first trees to flower hereIn drizzly rain, the view southwards from Pinnock hill, with hedges and woodland receding into the distance, faded like a series of watercolour washes: burnt umber, through sepia, to Payne’s grey on the horizon. Despite February’s freakish weather, with its false promise of spring, there was no sign yet of the ...

Mongabay -2 days ago

Sea otters leave behind unique archaeological traces, study finds

Sea otters get creative when it comes to satisfying their hunger. While they use their teeth to crack open hard-shelled prey like mussels and clams, they’ve also been seen using rocks and stones to get the job done. Sometimes they use a stone underwater to pry loose abalone from a substrate. They may also pound […]...

Springer -3 days ago

Variation in glomalin in soil profiles and its association with climatic conditions, shelterbelt characteristics, and soil properties in poplar shelterbelts of Northeast China

Abstract Glomalin-related soil protein (GRSP) sequesters large amounts of carbon and plays important roles in maintaining terrestrial soil ecosystem functions and ecological restoration; however, little is known about GRSP variation in 1-m soil profiles and its association with stand characteristics, soil properties, and climatic conditions, hindering GRSP-related degraded soil i...

Forest Loss


Springer -just now

Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

CFS -3 hours ago

Current status of Landsat program, science, and applications

Formal planning and development of what became the first Landsat satellite commenced over 50 years ago in 1967. Now, having collected earth observation data for well over four decades since the 1972 launch of Landsat-1, the Landsat program is increasingly complex and vibrant. Critical programmatic elements are ensuring the continuity of high quality measurements for scientific and operational inve...

Mongabay -17 hours ago

‘Nothing was left’: Flash floods, landslides hit Indonesia’s Papua region

JAYAPURA/JAKARTA — Rain-triggered flash floods and landslides that struck Indonesia’s easternmost province this past weekend have killed nearly 90 people and driven thousands from their homes. The country’s disaster mitigation agency has cited human-caused deforestation as having exacerbated the scale of the damage. The flooding and mudslides destroyed buildings and roads in several areas of...

Mongabay -22 hours ago

Companies to miss 2020 zero-deforestation deadline, report says

JAKARTA — Major corporations that have committed to eradicating tropical deforestation from their operations by 2020 are not going to meet their self-imposed deadline, a report says. The Global Canopy Programme’s (GCP) “Forest 500” report assesses the 350 most influential companies in forest-risk commodity supply chains and the 150 financial institutions that support them, focusing […...

REDD+


Elsevier -7 days ago

Forest degradation promotes fire during drought in moist tropical forests of Ghana

Publication date: 15 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 440Author(s): Francis K. Dwomoh, Michael C. Wimberly, Mark A. Cochrane, Izaya NumataAbstractForest reserves in Ghana are the only significant refugia of natural tropical forests, but they are threatened by land use pressures that have led to widespread forest degradation. Additional stress from climate perturbations, such a...

CI -1 week ago

Manager, Conservation Incentives Policy

DESCRIPTION Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  POSITION SUMMARY This position will work with the Senior Director International Policy to develop and implement a program of work focus...

CIFOR -2 weeks ago

REDD+ MRV implementation in Ethiopia: Review of the context, framework and progress

This Occasional Paper is a review of the development of Ethiopia’s REDD+ MRV system, its national architecture and policies, progress... The post REDD+ MRV implementation in Ethiopia: Review of the context, framework and progress appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

CIFOR -2 weeks ago

Voces de REDD+ en México

Diversos actores involucrados en el desarrollo de actividades REDD+ en México, brindan sus perspectivas sobre el avance y los retos del programa en el país....

Forests & Economic Development


CBD -4 days ago

Environmental degradation threat to health, says UN

[NAIROBI] Environmental degradation due to factors such as urbanisation, rapid population growth, economic development and transportation, especially in the global south, could have serious consequences on people's health, warns a UN report....

timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Guy Watt wins award for Dedicated Service to Forestry

One of the most respected figures in the modern forestry industry has won Confor’s prestigious annual award for Dedicated Service to Forestry for 2019. Guy Watt, Managing Director of John Clegg Consulting Ltd, has vast experience across the sector and his contribution was described as “unparalleled”. Source: Timberbiz He was presented with the award at Confor’s annual ...

timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Forestry trainees start on new NZ training program

Twenty young men from Kaikohe and Moerewa in New Zealand are set to start their journey in the forestry industry as trainees on the new Ngā Māhuri o Ngāti Hine Mānuka Plantation Training Program. This is the first part of a two year program funded by the Billion Tree fund through Te Uru Rākau and supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries Economic Development Unit. Source: Timberbiz ...

AFTA -3 weeks ago

Foodplaces: A New Platform for Creating Productive Landscapes in Public and Civic Spaces

Inhabit Earth’s (http://inhabit.earth) mission is global climate stabilization. There is emerging research that indicates that most agroforestry systems perform better than natural forests in sequestering carbon. This is well documented in seminal works such as The Carbon Farming Solution and Project Drawdown. We have been applying innovative approaches that leverage urban forests to address com...

Forests & People


-6 years ago

REDD monitor news: Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares of rainforest

By Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com, 12 September 2013 | 150 years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of...

-6 years ago

Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares rainforest

Mongabay: One-hundred and fifty years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of both Honduras and Nica...

-8 years ago

Leading Sustainable Forest Management Standard Approved by PEFC

"Expectations and understanding of best practice in sustainable forest management have evolved over the past years. It is therefore the responsibility of PEFC as the world's largest forest certification organization to integrate these changes into its international Sustainability Benchmarks," said Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General. "Social rights were not well recognized in forest certificatio...

-9 years ago

Standards Revision Workshop Focuses on Social Issues

"How we deal with our growth, in terms of new cultures, the issues of climate change, indigenous peoples, and tropical forests will determine in large part how we will be judged 10 years from today", remarked William Street, PEFC Chairman, at a recent meeting, highlighting the importance of social issues in sustainable forest management. Forest certification, as one of the most effective tools in ...

Landscape Restoration


Springer -just now

Progresses in restoration of post-mining landscape in Africa

Abstract Mining alters the natural landscape and discharges large volumes of wastes that pose serious pollution hazards to the environment, to human health and to agriculture. As a result, the recent 2 decades have witnessed a global surge in research on post-mining landscape restoration, yielding a suite of techniques including physical, chemical, biological (also know...

The Guardian -20 hours ago

The Guardian view on rewilding Scotland: an immodest proposal | Editorial

If undertaken in the right spirit, the restoration of huge tracts of the Highlands could be a hugely beneficial enterpriseWhat exactly is meant by rewilding depends on who is talking about it. The term was coined by Dave Foreman, a leading figure in the 1980s wave of environmental direct action in the US, to describe the kind of large-scale wilderness restoration he and others advocated. Their ide...

Global Forest Coalition -yesterday

“Respect traditional knowledge and promote community-led conservation”, say West African groups on International Day of Forests

From 18 to 21 March 2019, 32 representatives of local community groups, women’s groups and NGOs gathered for a West African skillshare on gender-sensitive community-based forest conservation and restoration initiatives, and a strategy meeting on bioenergy developments. The event was was organised by the Global Forest Coalition, in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, t...

Sustainable Forest Management


Elsevier -16 hours ago

Estimates of willingness to accept compensation to manage pine stands for ecosystem services

Publication date: May 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 102Author(s): Edward Mutandwa, Robert K. Grala, Daniel R. PetroliaAbstractMany ecosystem services are often overlooked in active management of private forests leading to their production below the levels preferred by the society. This study used the contingent valuation method (CVM) to estimate willingness to accept (WTA) compen...

UBC Forestry -20 hours ago

Sustainable Forest Management Education Program Recognized by IUFRO & IFSA

The innovative program by the Asia Pacific Forestry Education Coordination Mechanism is a winner in the category of tertiary education Learn more...

Tree Aid -20 hours ago

’Learn to Love Forests’ – they are essential to both people and the planet

On International Day of Forests, we are celebrating our forest education work in line with this year’s theme, ‘Learn to Love Forests’. At TREE AID, we are proud to work in partnership with local authorities and communities in the drylands of Africa to develop sustainable forest management practices to protect their resources, for now and for generations to come. Forests […] The post ...

SFI -20 hours ago

SFI Conservation Grants Feature Collaboration from 52 Different Groups Across the U.S. and Canada

Ottawa, ON and Washington, D.C. — The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) announced five conservation grants today that will build on SFI’s commitment to conservation and increase our knowledge about the conservation benefits associated with forests influenced by the SFI Forest Management Standard and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. These grants feature collaboration between SFI an...

Payments for Environmental Services


Springer -just now

Integrating local knowledge with tree diversity analyses to optimize on-farm tree species composition for ecosystem service delivery in coffee agroforestry systems of Uganda

Abstract Coffee agroforestry systems deliver ecosystem services (ES) critical for rural livelihoods like food but also disservices that constrain livelihoods like fostering coffee-pests. Since such ES are tree-based, maximizing ES and limiting constraints requires knowledge on optimizing on-farm tree composition especially trees adapted to local conditions. The study was in thr...

Springer -just now

Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

CATIE -19 hours ago

Clima Pesca: pescando con teléfonos inteligentes

Clima Pesca es una herramienta de Centro Clima que brinda datos e información climática que ayuda a los pescadores a planificar mejor su actividad. Además, facilita a los institutos información para analizar los impactos del clima en la pesca....

timberbiz -yesterday

This International Forests Day hug a tree and a forester

With origins dating back to World Forestry Day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1972, 21 March has been marked as a special day to recognise the many environmental and sustainable development benefits we derive from our forests. This celebration has grown with the United Nations General Assembly declaring in 2012 that this day be recognized worldwide as International Forests...

Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -3 weeks ago

Malaysia to ban oil palm expansion?

Malaysia may ban further expansion of oil palm plantations in response to improve the oilseed’s reputation abroad, reports Bloomberg. In an interview Friday, Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok told Bloomberg that the prime minister’s cabinet will weigh a proposal to cap Malaysia’s palm oil estate at 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres),an area […]...

Mongabay -3 weeks ago

Norway divests from plantation companies linked to deforestation

This week, Norway released the 2018 investment holdings of its massive government pension fund. Notably absent were four plantation companies previously listed in the portfolio: Olam International, Halcyon Agri Corp, Sime Darby Plantation and Sipef. Olam International and Halcyon Agri Corp are both Singapore-based agribusiness companies, with Olam linked to deforestation for oil palm plantations [...

Elsevier -4 weeks ago

Determining the effectiveness of forest landscape governance: A case study from the Sendang landscape, South Sumatra

Publication date: May 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 102Author(s): Dwi Amalia Sari, Jeffrey Sayer, Chris Margules, Agni Klintuni BoedhihartonoAbstractWe propose an approach to studying the effectiveness of governance arrangements to deal with complexity in forest landscapes. Using a landscape approach and standard performance audit procedures, we (1) describe the interactions amon...

World Bank -1 month ago

Oil Palm in Indonesia

Although oil palm plantations are not the primary driver of deforestation, they are the last and most profitable phase of a land governance system that incentivizes the degradation and eventual conversion of natural forests, beginning with forestry concessions. Especially in Southeast Asia, oil palm cultivation has become synonymous with tropical deforestation and subject to numerous environmental...

Forests & Sustainable Development


timberbiz -yesterday

This International Forests Day hug a tree and a forester

With origins dating back to World Forestry Day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1972, 21 March has been marked as a special day to recognise the many environmental and sustainable development benefits we derive from our forests. This celebration has grown with the United Nations General Assembly declaring in 2012 that this day be recognized worldwide as International Forests...

ITTO -2 days ago

Learn to love forests! Helping build a sustainable future through forest education

Understanding forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. It’s so important, in fact, that “Forests and Education” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests on 21 March. ITTO is marking the day by showing how diverse forest stakeholders are learning about forests and their roles in meeting human needs and the Sustainable Development Goals. T...

timberbiz -2 weeks ago

Northern Australia could be the future of forestry

Northern Australia could play a significant role in the future of the nation’s forestry industry, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia. Minister Canavan was speaking in Cairns at the launch of a $200,000 project funded through the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) to identify the growth potential for northern Australia’s forestry industry. Source:...

IUFRO -2 weeks ago

Forests in Science, Practice and Education - Conference on the centenary of the Faculty of Forestry, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW

From 2019-06-16 to 2019-06-22, Warsaw, Poland, IUFRO Unit(s) involved: IUFRO The history of the Faculty of Forestry goes back to the 19th century, but formally the Faculty was established in 1918. Since then, the Faculty has carried out scientific research, contributed to the development of science, and educated staff for the needs of forestry practice. It has been always open to world trends and ...

Forest Reporting


Springer -just now

Progresses in restoration of post-mining landscape in Africa

Abstract Mining alters the natural landscape and discharges large volumes of wastes that pose serious pollution hazards to the environment, to human health and to agriculture. As a result, the recent 2 decades have witnessed a global surge in research on post-mining landscape restoration, yielding a suite of techniques including physical, chemical, biological (also know...

CFS -just now

Design-consistent model-based variances with systematic sampling: a case study with the Danish national Forest inventory

To gauge, whether variances in density estimates computed under an assumption of a simple random sampling (SRS) are inflated – when the actual design ensures a spatial balance, we obtained design-consistent, model-based estimators from simulations with replicate samples and anticipated data. Anticipated data is the sum of model-based predictions and a random residual error. Two designs are emplo...

Elsevier -yesterday

Bayesian calibration of a carbon balance model PREBAS using data from permanent growth experiments and national forest inventory

Publication date: 15 May 2019Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 440Author(s): Francesco Minunno, Mikko Peltoniemi, Sanna Härkönen, Tuomo Kalliokoski, Harri Makinen, Annikki MäkeläAbstractPolicy-relevant forest models must be environment and management sensitive and provide unbiased estimates of predicted variables over their intended areas of application. While empirical models deri...

Springer -2 days ago

Digital Aerial Photogrammetry for Updating Area-Based Forest Inventories: A Review of Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions

Abstract Purpose of Review Three-dimensional (3D) data on forest structure have transformed the level of detail and accuracy of forest information. While these 3D data have primarily been derived from airborne laser scanning (ALS),there has been growing interest in the use of 3D data derived from digital aerial photogrammetry (DAP) and im...

Forest Governance


Global Forest Coalition -6 days ago

Feminists at UNEA4 Continue the Call for the Right to a Healthy and Sustainable Environment

At the 4th Meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, member states approved a landmark resolution to promote gender equality, and the human rights and empowerment of women and girls in environmental governance. Reflecting on the outcomes of UNEA4, the Women’s Major Group offered the following statement: Feminists at UNEA4 Continue the Call for the Right to a Healthy a...

ITTO -2 weeks ago

Traceability system improves forest governance in Panama

This video shows the timber traceability system recently put in place in Darien, Panama, thanks to a project financed by ITTO and executed by WWF-Panama in collaboration with the Panama Ministry of Environment. The system, which tracks timber from the forest to the consumer, has already reduced forest illegality, with benefits for forests, managers, companies and the Ministry. The traceability sy...

IUFRO -2 weeks ago

Forestry Officer (FAO-EU FLEGT) // 22 March 2019

The Forestry Policy and Resources Division (FOA) of FAO is inviting applications for the position of Forestry Officer. The post is located in the Forest Law Enforcement Governance - Trade Team (FLEGT),FOA. The successful candidate will identify, manage and implement initiatives that support increased stakeholder participation in strengthening forest governance and other FLEGT-related actions in c...

ITTO -2 weeks ago

New study examines EU private-sector timber procurement priorities

Private-sector procurement policies are prominent in the global North and among companies with global reach. A new special study by the Independent Market Monitor (IMM) identifies more than 100 organizations, tools, initiatives, templates and sets of guidance that could influence company timber procurement policies in the European Union (EU). This latest study by the IMM assesses 65 potential sou...

Forest Bioenergy


Forest2Market -yesterday

Brazilian Exports of Eucalyptus Logs & Chips Soar in 2018

Among Pete Stewart’s forest industry predictions for 2019, the 6th prediction highlighted the expansion of Brazil’s forest sector driven in part by increasing exports to global bioenergy and pulp markets that will result in new investment opportunities in Brazil. There are early signs that this expansion is already underway in various forest segments, and the evidence is clear in t...

Global Forest Coalition -yesterday

“Respect traditional knowledge and promote community-led conservation”, say West African groups on International Day of Forests

From 18 to 21 March 2019, 32 representatives of local community groups, women’s groups and NGOs gathered for a West African skillshare on gender-sensitive community-based forest conservation and restoration initiatives, and a strategy meeting on bioenergy developments. The event was was organised by the Global Forest Coalition, in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, t...

CIFOR -3 days ago

Integrating bioenergy and food production on degraded landscapes in Indonesia for improved socioeconomic and environmental outcomes

Growing bioenergy crops on degraded and underutilized land is a promising solution to meet the requirement for energy security, food... The post Integrating bioenergy and food production on degraded landscapes in Indonesia for improved socioeconomic and environmental outcomes appeared first on Center for International Forestry Research....

What Wood -3 days ago

In St. Petersburg, the largest Congress in Russia on biofuels is held

From March 19 to March 20, 2019, in St. Petersburg is held “Biofuel Congress” is Russia’s largest international business event in the biofuel industry. More than forty speakers will make presentations at the conference. They will share their own practical experience with their colleagues. 150 delegates from Russia and 10 countries are expected to arrive […]...

Forest Tenure


CIFOR -7 days ago

Video presentación: Safia Aggarwal y Héctor Cisneros, FAO.

Video presentación: Directrices voluntarias sobre la gobernanza responsable de la tenencia. Safia Aggarwal y Héctor Cisneros, FAO. Este es un video del taller de formación “Más allá de la formalización del derecho colectivo: Seguridad de tenencia y elementos para el abordaje de situaciones de conflicto”, organizado por el Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR) y la...

CIFOR -1 week ago

Video presentación: Silvana Baldovino

Video presentación: Enfoques para el abordaje de situaciones de conflicto en procesos de formalización de derecho colectivo, por Silvana Baldovino y el equipo de la Tenure Facility de la Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA). Este es un video del taller de formación “Más allá de la formalización del derecho colectivo: Seguridad de tenencia y elementos para el abordaje de situacione...

CIFOR -1 week ago

Video presentación: Anne M. Larson de CIFOR.

Video presentación: Elementos clave para entender los factores que afectan la seguridad e inseguridad de la tenencia en contextos de tenencia colectiva por Anne M. Larson de CIFOR. Este es un video del taller de formación “Más allá de la formalización del derecho colectivo: Seguridad de tenencia y elementos para el abordaje de situaciones de conflicto”, organizado por el Centro para la ...

IUFRO -2 weeks ago

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology // 18 March 2019

The School of Biology and Ecology seeks a forest entomologist for an academic year, full-time, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will address key pest management and climate change concerns important to Maine’s forest industry and will develop strong research and teaching programs that complement existing expertise of faculty in our entomology clust...

Entomology


Springer -just now

The economic potential of fruit trees as shade in blue mountain coffee agroecosystems of the Yallahs River watershed, Jamaica W.I.

Abstract Studies in coffee agroecosystems often focus on the conservation and environmental benefits of this managed novel habitat, but rarely examine the socioeconomic benefit of the shade tree products themselves to coffee farmers. An examination of Blue Mountain coffee farmers along an elevation gradient within the Yallahs River watershed saw several tree species emerge as i...

Springer -just now

Integrating local knowledge with tree diversity analyses to optimize on-farm tree species composition for ecosystem service delivery in coffee agroforestry systems of Uganda

Abstract Coffee agroforestry systems deliver ecosystem services (ES) critical for rural livelihoods like food but also disservices that constrain livelihoods like fostering coffee-pests. Since such ES are tree-based, maximizing ES and limiting constraints requires knowledge on optimizing on-farm tree composition especially trees adapted to local conditions. The study was in thr...

Springer -just now

Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

CFS -just now

Design-consistent model-based variances with systematic sampling: a case study with the Danish national Forest inventory

To gauge, whether variances in density estimates computed under an assumption of a simple random sampling (SRS) are inflated – when the actual design ensures a spatial balance, we obtained design-consistent, model-based estimators from simulations with replicate samples and anticipated data. Anticipated data is the sum of model-based predictions and a random residual error. Two designs are emplo...