Hidden Treasure in a Christmas tree!

Global Forest Information Service - 4 hours 41 min ago
I bet you, it’s more than the beauty seen on the outside of this tree species found in West Africa; it’s called Krobo Christmas tree. There is a hidden treasure that gives multiple benefits from this species. Aside the aesthetic … Continue reading →
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Carbon stock in rainforests: a buried potential

Global Forest Information Service - 4 hours 55 min ago
Food security, an important part of human well being, is a major concern for most if not all developing country. Madagascar’s rainforests are constantly and severely threatened by local communities which have, most of time, no other choice than using … Continue reading →
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“Rare Tree Species Conservation Centre”: Restoring the resilience of forest landscape

Global Forest Information Service - 5 hours 5 min ago
Forests play crucial ecological, social and economic functions in society as they play a significant part in conserving biodiversity. Forest landscapes have a key role in hydrological cycle that in turn provide water and food security. But against odds of … Continue reading →
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Detroit Green Corps members to learn about <b>forest management</b> as part of trip to state park

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 18 min ago
ROSCOMMON, Michigan — More than 120 Detroit high school students will learn the importance of sustainable forest management to the state.
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Forest Service agreement improves management practices

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 18 min ago
... agreement to collect, analyze, and evaluate forest resource information to ensure sound, sustainable forest management practices across Southeast ...
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Mangroves: Indonesia’s best hope for slowing climate change

Global Forest Information Service - 12 hours 42 min ago

Originally posted on CIFOR’s Forests News. By Samuel McGlennon. BOGOR, Indonesia – Indonesia’s mangroves are a massive storehouse of carbon and a key bargaining chip for the country in the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris, according to the authors of a new study published in Nature Climate Change. “Indonesian policymakers should see protecting and […]

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Jericho, brother of Cecil the lion, killed in Zimbabwe?

Global Forest Information Service - 22 hours 2 min ago
The status of Jericho, the brother of Cecil the lion, who was gunned down by an American dentist in an organized hunt last month, is in question after a conservation group said he was shot and killed today in Zimbabwe, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
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Unlocking the potential of sustainable agroforestry practices: Farmers meet ICRAF staff at agricultural fair

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-08-01 12:06
It’s a bright morning on Wednesday 24 June, 2015 and the four-day Agricultural Society of Kenya (A.S.K) Show in Machakos has just began.
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Transitioning to sustainable coffee in Columbia

Global Forest Information Service - Sat, 2015-08-01 05:18

Work is underway to “help transform the coffee landscape in Colombia,” reports an article on the website of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

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Federal court blocks logging in largest national forest, Alaska officials fuming

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 23:51

Road construction and timber harvesting are no long allowed in Alaska’s largest national forest after a controversial court ruling.
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The jackal that turned into a wolf: new species discovered in Africa

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 19:22
There's another wolf in the world, according to results published yesterday.
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Companies Pledge $140 Billion Toward Resolving Climate Change

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 18:27
More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort.
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The unsung heroes in our wildfire fight

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 17:27

This summer, wildfire threats abound across the West.
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GFW goes mobile, putting forest information in the palm of your hand

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 15:00
By Carolyn Ciciarelli, Sarah Mann, Octavia Payne, Alyssa Barrett Global Forest Watch (GFW) enables anyone with a computer and an internet connection to access the best available forest information. But in today’s increasingly mobilized world, people are using smartphones and tablets to connect on-the-go, and we want GFW to go with them. That’s why we […]
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She who makes the rules wins!

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 14:34
In a paper just out in the journal Ecology and Society, a new unified theory of empowerment reveals what is needed for local communities to become the future forest managers in Kenya. The key is to devolve the...
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Idempapers increasing capacity

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 14:25
Idempapers has launched an investment programme and aims to "significantly increase capacity" by...
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Strategy to side with indigenous people

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 12:05
To deal with rampant land disputes involving indigenous communities, the Environment and Forestry Ministry of Indonesia has set a target of redistributing 12.7 million hectares of social forests (2015-2019). The majority, 6.8 million ha, would be taken from concession forests — totaling 30 million ha, from which around 10 million ha are under industrial forest permits (HTI) and around 12 million ha are natural production forest concessions (HPH) — in the form of partnership forests, Hutan Kemitraan (HK).
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What do you think about environmental change, and what are you doing about it?

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 10:00
Calling all woodland owners and managers (including agents), tree nursery businesses, and forestry professionals . . . a national survey is launched today aiming is to help understand progress in awareness and actions in adapting to environmental change
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Malawi's forests going up in smoke as tobacco industry takes heavy toll | John Vidal

Global Forest Information Service - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:00

Malawi is reliant on tobacco for 60% of foreign earnings, but while demand is falling the cost of environmental damage caused by the industry is rising

For cigarette smokers and tobacco growers, the sight – and sweet smell – of the Chinkhoma auction house near Kasungu in central Malawi is heaven. Tens of thousands of metre-cubed bales of golden leaf, each with enough tobacco to make more than 50,000 cigarettes, cover the floor of a warehouse the size of three football fields.

Malawi, now the poorest country in the world according to the World Bank, depends on tobacco as a cash crop. Chinkhoma, in the heart of the tobacco-growing Central region, is where much of it is sold before being exported and made into cigarettes.

The impact of the industry is evident in the reduction of trees cut down or tobacco curing or construction of barns

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