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Faced with “Empty Forests,” experts urge better regulation of bushmeat trade

12 Jun 2011

Nairobi, Montreal, Geneva, 10 June 2011 – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (‘bushmeat’) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and destabilising fragile tropical forest ecosystems.

REDD+ Strategies Lack Plan for Agriculture Even as Countries Cite Farm Expansion as Main Cause of Forest Loss

08 Jun 2011

BONN, GERMANY (8 JUNE 2011)—The majority of countries participating in a major global effort to reduce greenhouse emissions caused by forest destruction cite agriculture as the main cause of deforestation, but very few provide details on how they would address the link between agriculture and forestry, according to a new analysis by experts probing the effect of climate change on food security.

WED 2011 Spotlights Enormous Economic and Human Benefits from Boosting Funding for Forests

05 Jun 2011

Delhi/Nairobi/World, 5 June 2011 – Investing an additional US$40 billion a year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 per cent by 2050, and catalyze the creation of millions of new jobs according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Trees and Landscape Restoration Can Help Deliver a ‘Triple Win’

23 May 2011

Nairobi/Washington DC – Against a backdrop of volatile food prices and increasing climate variability, more and more people are paying attention to the relationship between a healthy environment and resilient farmland. From policy makers to private investors, from researchers to smallholder farmers, many are looking for better ways to increase food security in a changing climate.

Ban on new forest concessions in Indonesia is good news for climate change, but many challenges remain

20 May 2011

BOGOR, Indonesia (May 20, 2011) Indonesia today took a step toward cutting its carbon emissions by issuing a presidential decree banning new concessions in primary forests and on peatlands, but more stringent measures may be needed if the country is to meet its ambitious targets for cuts in greenhouse gases, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said.

Forests are a path to sustainable development

13 May 2011

13 May 2011, New York – As discussions draw to a close at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in UN Headquarters this week, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), an international mechanism composed of 14-forest related organizations and secretariats, are calling upon countries to pay more attention to the crucial contribution of forests to sustainable development.

Global forestry institutions call for more community-based forest management

22 Apr 2011

The leading international organizations working to protect and manage the world’s forests are calling for governments across the globe to increase communities’ role in forest management. Doing so could contribute to lifting close to a billion people out of poverty, as well as improve the health and vitality of forests.

Low fertilizer use drives deforestation in West Africa, imperils REDD implementation says new study

07 Apr 2011

Researchers call for greater focus on ‘fertilizers for forest’ mitigation in West Africa to improve food security, protect biodiversity and reduce emissions from deforestation

World Health Day 2011: Forests provide untapped resources for human health

06 Apr 2011

Vienna/Vantaa – “It is not commonly understood how much – even in our hypermodern urban age human health and well-being are influenced by forests and trees”

New research finds mangroves key to climate change

04 Apr 2011

BOGOR, Indonesia  (April 5, 2011) _ New research shows that mangroves store exceptionally more carbon than most tropical forests, but they are being destroyed from coastlines at a rapid rate causing  significant emissions of greenhouse gases.  The findings from the study, which was carried out by scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) […]