Forest Protection Articles

  • Timber formwork is not sustainable

    Human societies around the world have used timber as a building material for thousands of years. As wood is the only significant biological building material we are naturally inclined to believe that using wood in construction is good for the environment. As a matter of fact the environmental benefits of using timber are not straightforward: although it is a natural product, a large amount of ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Have humans tilted the climate books out of balance?

    In the great book-keeping of climate change, scientists have just discovered a big mistake. They have been wrong, they now think, to count on the mountains, the plains, the forests and the grasslands as an agency that slows climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. It does absorb carbon dioxide. But the chilling news is that  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Global deforestation is decreasing. Or is it?

    A new look at the complex picture of land use change suggests that when it comes to forests, we’re far from being out of the woods. It started, as many things do, with a rumor. In 2013 Matt Finer, a researcher with the Amazon Conservation Association, heard from locals that someone was cutting down rainforest deep in the Peruvian Amazon, far from prying eyes. So ...


    By Ensia

  • Is zero deforestation possible for the Brazilian Amazon?

    Yes — if we make sure economic growth, social justice and agriculture are part of the picture. From 2005 to 2014, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest went from 19,014 square kilometers (7,342 square miles) to 5,012 square kilometers (1,935 square miles): a reduction of about 70 percent. Impressive, to be sure, but the rate still remains high. Additionally, ...


    By Ensia

  • One Zambian man’s inspiring journey from charcoal burner to forest champion

    We often hear about big global environmental issues such as deforestation, poaching or overfishing and forget that there are individuals at the heart of these activities. Have you ever stopped to wonder, what motivates someone to cut down trees in the first place? How often do they contemplate the impact they’re having on the environment? And what experience or insights lead to ...


    By Ensia

  • The 11 most important forests in the world

    You might not think of eastern Australia as one of the hot spots of global deforestation. But it ranks right up there with the Amazon and Sumatra in a new report by WWF highlighting key areas of focus for efforts to protect forestlands around the world. Forests are of particular importance to global efforts to maintain a healthy environment because they contain much of the world’s ...


    By Ensia

  • Facts & figures on palm oil

    Introduction Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Farmers' (local and colonists) perceptions of environmental changes in the forest frontier of the upper Amazon, Peru

    Amazon ecosystem degradation profoundly impacts life supporting processes of global importance such as climate regulation, as well as local conditions for livelihoods. In Peru's highland jungle, an expanding deforestation front of forest conversion to agriculture has vastly transformed the landscape. Small–scale farming, the main driver of forest degradation, and consequently household natural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it?

    Production of this ubiquitous ingredient is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they are out there. Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the ...


    By Ensia

  • A Model for Communal Forest Management

    Guna Yala, an autonomous indigenous territory inside Panama, is one of the most unusual places on the planet, where the Guna people have preserved their way of life and the forest around them thanks in large part to their exceptional land rights and sovereignty. At first glance, life on Guna Yala’s dozens of inhabited Caribbean islands seems idyllic — a place without cars, with little ...


    By Ensia

  • If Our Planet Had a Say, Here’s Where Future Roads Would Go

    A new global ‘roadmap’ shows where to put roads for maximum benefit and least cost to the Earth. “The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from ...


    By Ensia

  • Developing a forest naturalness indicator for Europe - Concept and methodology for a high nature value (HNV) forest indicator

    Background In Europe, forests cover around 40 % of the land area (190 million ha), making Europe one of the most forest-rich regions in the world. Forests are important habitats for many species of wildlife. Yet, forestry can also have negative impacts on biodiversity as unsustainable forest operations can lead to forest degradation and loss of biodiversity. In more recent times increased ...

  • New Small Grants Fund Can Help Civil Society Groups Combat Deforestation

    With the launch of Global Forest Watch (GFW), anyone with an internet connection can now access troves of timely, high-quality information about where, when, and why forests are changing worldwide. The free, online monitoring system ...

  • Global Forest watch - join the movement

    We know remarkably little about what is happening to forests. Businesses currently have no way of determining whether or how much the soy, palm oil, or pulp and paper they use contribute to deforestation. So companies like Unilever and Nestlé, which ...

  • Comparing forest sites classifications using two different satellite images and ground measurements in Eastern Turkey

    This study aims to determine forest sites using direct, indirect and remote sensing (RS) methods (Landsat 7 ETM+ and IKONOS images) for Ardahan-Yalnızçam Forest of 12149.23 ha with 63 sample plots (1637,8 ha). Four different forest site classes of dry, moderate fresh, fresh and moist were determined in direct method whereas three site index (SI) classes; good (SI = I – II), medium ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Warsaw Climate Meeting Makes Progress on Forests, REDD+

    For most observers, the outcomes of this year’s climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland COP 19 were an inadequate response to climate change. But there was one bright spot— negotiators made big advances on a program called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ( ...

  • What Does it Take for Successful Forest Landscape Restoration?

    This week in Washington, D.C., members of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) met to advance strategies to restore degraded forest landscapes around the world. Such restoration has the ...

  • 4 Reasons Assessing Governance Matters for Forests and People

    The world’s forests and the people who depend on them face a host of challenges—including deforestation, rural poverty, and degradation of critical ecosystem services. These negative outcomes are often exacerbated by weak forest ...

  • Why only few CDM projects? The case of reforestation projects and remote sensing

    CDM projects have large potentials but also face significant obstacles that have so far limited their applicability. Two serious problems that an effective contracting faces are the presence of private information and the lack of sufficiently precise output measures. In a principal–agent framework, where local landowners are the agents and have private information about their costs, we ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • “Swapping Land” to Produce Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia

    Indonesia has the world’s third-largest rainforest, which is a haven for biodiversity and an economic lifeline for many rural communities. However, Indonesian forests are in rapid decline and the country regularly tops deforestation hotspots lists. The key to protecting Indonesia’s forests remains ...

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