Sustainable Forestry Articles

  • In 2016, rain forest conservation needs to focus on these two things

    Giving logged areas a chance to recover and limiting the expansion of roads are vital to ensuring the health of these important ecosystems. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • When planting trees does more harm than good

    Note to anyone who thinks planting trees is the bees’ knees: Grasslands are important, too. With forests disappearing at record rates and the carbon sequestration and other benefits of vegetation getting increasing visibility, tree-planting has become almost an iconic “environmentally friendly” activity. But in some cases it could do more harm than good, according to Iowa State ...


    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

  • 9 Maps that explain the World`s Forests

    This post is co-authored with Dave Thau, senior developer advocate for Google Earth Engine, Google's satellite image processing platform. By the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action. Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, chronicling the vital importance of these ...

  • 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 ( ...

  • Integrating forest resources into national accounts in Karnataka, India

    The effort to correct the national accounts in order to calculate NNP or related ‘Green GDP’ concepts, known as natural resource accounting, has been a lively research area recently. Natural resource accounting aims to provide indicators for the sustainability of current economic activity. The objective of the paper is an integrated economic and natural resource by compiling forest resources and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea

    The synthesis document of the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea (V1.0) gives an overview of the forest sector in Equatorial Guinea through 2013. It starts with a discussion of forest legislation and follows with information about land use allocation and land cover types in the National Forest Reserve through July 2013. Amongst others, the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea ...

  • Putting community resilience into practice - Initial lessons learned

    Partners for Resilience (PfR) is a collaboration of CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Wetlands International and 30 civil society partners in the global South. It is one of the biggest programmes of its kind in the world, working on ecosystem-based and climate-smart disaster risk reduction (DRR) in nine countries (see map below), ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Submission on additional CDM activities - 2012

    Currently, the only land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities that are eligible under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are afforestation and reforestation (A/R), which allows for the generation of credits by net removal by sinks. This could include afforestation and reforestation of wet organic soils (peatlands), e.g. with swamp forest tree species. Conservation, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The evolving role of tropical forests for local livelihoods in Indonesia

    The authors studied how the role and perceptions of natural forests have changed in seven villages along the Malinau River, East Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Local people consider development projects, logging and mining activities, and floods as having the greatest influence on their livelihoods and use of forests. Access to and availability of valued forest products is perceived to have ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Europe`s forests at a glance — a breath of fresh air in a changing climate

    Only healthy forests can supply these multiple forest ecosystem goods and services. Today, forestry in Europe aims at supporting the multiple forest functions by the sustainable management of forest resources. Sustainable forest management (SFM) is defined as 'the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration ...

  • The Business Case for REDD

    Deforestation and Degradation Around the world, forests are being destroyed at a rate of about thirteen million hectares a year and deforestation accounts for an estimated 17 – 20% of all global emissions. In addition, forests and other terrestrial carbon sinks play a vital role in preventing runaway climate change, soaking up a full 2.6 Gt of atmospheric carbon every year. The ...


    By The CarbonNeutral Company

  • Urban forestry in India: development and research scenario

    Urban green spaces are integral components of urban ecosystems, contributing to enhanced environmental quality, quality of life and sustainable urban development. Scientific evidence in the last two decades have emphasised the crucial necessity of green areas within urban social-ecological systems to ameliorate several problems of city-culture. Role of parks and gardens has become much more ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Biotic Pump: Condensation, atmospheric dynamics and climate

    Intense condensation associated with high evaporation from natural forest cover maintains regions of low atmospheric pressure on land. This causes moist air to flow from ocean to land, which compensates the river runoff. Deforestation induces large-scale desiccation by disrupting this flow. Here we overview this theory and quantify the horizontal pressure gradients that govern the continental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forestry as a sustainable asset class for turbulent times?

    There is good reason to anticipate increased demand for sustainable and responsible investments from both retail and large institutional investors. Increasing interest in forestry may come from both a financial and general sustainability standpoint, and from a carbon perspective, because trees are a critical part of any successful climate change strategy. We develop the true sustainable financial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Joint production of timber and water: a case study

    The integration of water production values for forest ecosystems into forest management models has become increasingly important in sustainable forest management in recent years because forests play a vital role in the quantity and quality of surface and ground water resources. The main objective of this work was to develop a multiple use forest management planning model, focusing on the economic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Development of eco-efficiency in Finnish forest industry: 1997-2007

    In this article I reconsider if eco-efficiency (EE) concept is suitable practical tool and instrument to measure the progress towards sustainable development (SD) and the aims of industrial ecology in forest industries. The SD strives for material and energy metabolism that is within the ecological carrying and regeneration capacity of the nature. The aim of eco-efficiency is commonly to reduce ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forest accounts: a primary case study in China

    Forest accounting considers physical and monetary data relating to the degree of substitutability for natural capital, and composes accounts for forest assets measured in physical and monetary terms to show the impact of the economy on the environment. It is extremely useful in formulating and evaluating macroeconomic and sectoral policies. This study has for the first time built up forest ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governance of forests initiative indicator framework (Version 1)

    Competing demands for food, fuel and profit are driving the loss and degradation of the world’s remaining forests. Governments, the private sector, and citizens are struggling to manage the conflicts between these priorities. The Governance of Forests Initiative (GFI) seeks to bring widely accepted principles of good governance to bear on the challenges of sustaining forests in developing ...

  • Cooking under the sun

    A $6 cardboard box that uses solar power to cook food, sterilise water and could help 3 billion poor people cut greenhouse gases, has won a $75,000 prize for ideas to fight global warming.The 'Kyoto Box', named after the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol that seeks to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, is aimed at billions of people who use firewood to cook.The cooker uses the greenhouse effect to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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