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Zambia’s electricity problem, crisis on country’s forestry sector

Zambia’s electricity problem, crisis on country’s forestry sector

Over the years, demand for charcoal from urban areas has grown exponentially, making charcoal the second source of energy for the burgeoning urban population. In most urban areas where charcoal is used, demand is driven by poverty and limited availability of affordable and cleaner energy alternatives. In the city of Lusaka, about 85 percent of urban households use charcoal, compared to 15 percent in rural areas, according to the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).


Keanekaragaman Hayati

Keanekaragaman Hayati

Dalam khasanah pikiran orang banyak, Kalimantan Barat selalu dihubungkan dengan hutan.  Deborah Lawerence (2004) mengutip laporan FAO bahwa telah terjadi pengalihan penggunaan lahan dari hutan ke pertanian perkebunan yang mencapai 50%. Pengalihan penggunaan lahan dari ini dalam jangka panjang dapat mengubah komposisi spesies dan juga tentu saja mengubah keanekaragaman hayati sekarang ini di Kalimantan Barat. Nick Salafsky dari ‘Biodiversity Support Program’, Washington, DC-USA  dan Eva Wollenberg dari ‘Center for International Forestry Research’, Jakarta, 2000, mengembangkan ‘framework’ yang menghubungkan antara kehidupan sehari-hari dan konservasi dalam dimensi: spesies, habitat, spasial, temporal dan konservasi. Mereka menguji modelnya dalam 39 situs proyek jejaring keanekaragaman hayati. Hasilnya, menggabungkan pola kebutuhan hidup sehari-hari dan konservasi ternyata menunjang keberlangsungan keanekaragaman hayati di sekitar masyarakat setempat.


Is eco-certification the solution to forest destruction?

Is eco-certification the solution to forest destruction?

It’s hard to say for sure whether this has translated into real change on the ground. There have been no comprehensive studies of the FSC’s overall efficacy in preventing forest loss, though some local studies have shown positive results. And a report by the Indonesia-based NGO the Center for International Forestry Research found that communities living in and around FSC-certified forests in Central Africa had significantly better living and working conditions, as well as better relations and less conflict with the companies harvesting them, than those in non-FSC forests.


First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

First estimate of Pygmy population in Central Africa reveals their plight

Increased deforestation and road building in Central African rainforests will intensify threats to the lives and lifestyles of indigenous Pygmy communities, a new study. The study, which provides the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of these increasingly marginalized indigenous groups, found that the forests of Central Africa could be home to up to 920,000 Pygmies. Until now, it has not been possible to determine the numbers and actual geographic ranges of Pygmy communities, because of their location in remote forest areas, mobility, lack of census data, and imprecise and partial sources of information.


Women’s group restores “Great Green Wall”

Women’s group restores “Great Green Wall”

Women spend less time doing gainful work because they have to walk long distances in the search of firewood and water.

What does it mean for a rural woman to go without firewood and water? For Teopista Nakamya, a resident of Mbazzi village in Muduuma Sub County along Mityana Road, the scarcity of water and firewood increases the burden on women. So when the Association of Uganda Professional Women in Agriculture and Environment (AUPWAE) raised concerns about the women who were being left out of tree planting yet they were the most affected, helped to link MBAFA to other development agencies such as VI Agroforestry, Mpigi District Local Government and NFA. AUPWAE in partnership with The school of forestry of Makerere University and Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) funded by Austrian Development Agency (ADA) came in with the Adaptive Collaborative Management Approach which empowers communities to plan, implement and monitor and evaluate for themselves.

Kelapa Sawit – Opinion

Kelapa Sawit – Opinion

Perkebunan kelapa sawit yang menekankan pada nilai-nilai komersial ternyata tidak berhenti di posisi itu. Sejumlah peneliti mencermati dampak sosial dan ekologi dari perkebunan kelapa sawit. Krystof Obidzinski, Rubeta Andriani, Heru Komarudin, dan  Agus Andrianto dari ‘Center for International Forestry Research’ – CIFOR, 2012, meneliti dampak sosial-ekonomi dan ekologi dari tiga lokasi kebun sawit, Kubu Raya (Kalimantan Barat), Manokwari (Papua barat) dan Boven Digoel (Papua). Mereka menemukan bahwa perkebunan kelapa sawit di tiga lokasi ini menyebabkan deforesasi, akibatnya terjadi polusi air, erosi tanah, dan juga polusi udara. Dampak sosial bagi para pemangku kepentingan (stakeholder): karyawan, dan pengusaha cukup signifikan. Namun, kurang terdistribusi secara merata. Bagi pemilik lahan, juga mengalami dampat yang juga signifikan. Di antaranya, harga lahan meningkat, ketersediaan lahan semakin terbatas, dan konflik berebut lahan. Mereka mencatat tiga ‘trade-off’ penting dari pertumbuhan perkebunan kelapa sawit, penurunan kualitas lingkungan hidup, ada yang untung tetapi ada banyak pula yang ‘buntung’, dan capaian ekonomi diikuti dengan pelemahan penegakan hukum.


Pengalaman Bekerja di Bogor Antarkan Aktivis Muda Australia Ini Ke Paris

Pengalaman Bekerja di Bogor Antarkan Aktivis Muda Australia Ini Ke Paris

Berbekal gelar jurusan Neurosains dan Farmakologi, Michelle Kovacevic justru aktif berkecimpung di bidang lingkungan. Pengalamannya bekerja sebagai spesialis komunikasi di CIFOR (Pusat Penelitian Kehutanan Internasional) yang bermarkas di Bogor) di Bogor, memantapkan langkah Michelle di forum internasional perubahan iklim Paris, akhir tahun 2015.  The news also published in Detik.com, Tempo.com, Vivanews, Metrotvnews.com and Tribunnews.com.

 


El aceite de palma sostenible olvida los derechos de los trabajadores

El aceite de palma sostenible olvida los derechos de los trabajadores

La industria del aceite de palma lleva décadas bajo la atenta mirada de la sociedad civil internacional. Desde los años 90, varias ONGs han puesto de relieve el alto impacto medioambiental de este sector que, según WWF, arrasa 300 campos de fútbol cada hora tan sólo en Indonesia para plantar palma. “La industria del aceite de palma no hubiera sido posible sin el trabajo de los migrantes. De hecho, ha sido la industria del aceite de palma la que ha promovido el flujo de inmigrantes [en Indonesia y Malasia]”, dice Pablo Pacheco, científico del Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR en sus siglas en inglés).



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