forest data News

  • Sri Lanka lacks forest data for REDD+ funds

    Lack of reliable data on forest resources could prevent Sri Lanka from immediately accessing UN funds pledged to help the island nation reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, a new study said. Sri Lanka was last month (25 March) promised initial funding worth US$ 4 million from the UN-managed, multi-partner trust fund to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Preserving biodiversity in European forests

    At present, to safeguard biodiversity around a quarter of Europe’s forests is not harvested. Between 2000 and 2005, protected forest areas were increased by almost 40 per cent in area. In addition, farmers have converted significant areas of agricultural land to forests. However, this can sometimes have negative effects: intensification measures such as peat land drainage, fertilisation, genetic ...

  • Uganda: FAO mapping technologies help fill gaps in forest data

    FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better, more useful forestry statistics and land cover maps. Forests and forest products are important to the livelihoods of many communities in Uganda. The new tools and information will help the government monitor national forest resources and make informed decisions regarding long-term forestry and ...

  • FAO launches new satellite-based data on forest resources on the International Day of Forests

    New data released on the occasion of the International Day of Forests confirm that forest areas continue to decline globally, with the biggest losses of tropical forests occurring in South America and Africa. Improving information on forest resources is a key factor in halting illegal deforestation and forest ...

  • Black Forest Giants captured in 3D

    Terrestrial Laser Scanning opens new perspectives into the forest ecosystem, no matter if you want to use it to precisely locate and measure landscape objects or if you want to present the Genius Loci of a Plenterwald with audio-visual effects as demonstrated in this example. http://youtu.be/RhV_T6zYxhk The video ...

  • Putting People at the Centre of Forest Policies - The State of the World`s Forests (SOFO)

    Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests(SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the  ...

  • Indonesia’s Moratorium: an opportunity for forests and industry

    A highly anticipated two-year moratorium on new forest conversion permits could bring fundamental improvements to forest and land management in Indonesia. In mid-2011, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to sign a Presidential Decree for the implementation of a two-year moratorium on issuing new permits for conversion of natural forest and ...

  • Preventing forest fires with tree power

    MIT researchers and colleagues are working to find out whether energy from trees can power a network of sensors to prevent spreading forest fires. What they learn also could raise the possibility of using trees as silent sentinels along the nation's borders to detect potential threats such as smuggled radioactive materials. The U.S. Forest Service currently predicts and tracks fires with a ...

  • FAO place the spotlight on forest monitoring

    With global concern growing over deforestation, loss of carbon stored in forests and the role of forests in climate change, the spotlight has been turned on forest monitoring in a bid to safeguard forests and monitor emissions from deforestation. Earlier this year, countries and FAO reconfirmed their commitment to jointly prepare the next Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), a comprehensive ...

  • Frontier forest science for carbon solutions

    Under the agreement, a software model referred to as CABALA, which can be used to model forest growth over time, has been licensed to CO2 Australia to assist it in the design and management of tree plantings for use in large greenhouse gas abatement projects. Based on inputs like rainfall, temperature, and data on the particular tree species of interest, CABALA can estimate the amount of carbon ...

  • Building the foundation for REDD+: Recommendations for Durban on Forest Monitoring

    Though forests play an essential role in international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the development of systems to monitor deforestation and forest degradation has been slow. This is due to the demanding technical requirements and the large capacity gaps in many countries. ...

  • Tropic Forest Dataset Available on ArcGIS Online

    Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) is using Esri's ArcGIS Online to make its new carbon stock datasets available to scientists and environmental experts throughout the world. Decision makers will be able to easily access this data and use GIS to study tropical ...


    By Esri

  • Reliable method of determining biomass and carbon stocks in forests

    Terrestrial laser scanning is a technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimetre. A first research project in Australia has shown that this technique can be used to more accurately determine the biomass of trees; far more so than the methods currently in use. This makes it an important development in the monitoring of carbon stocks for worldwide climate ...

  • Greenhouse Gases Rise From Forests Damaged by Katrina

    Losses inflicted by Hurricane Katrina on Gulf Coast forest trees are great enough to cancel out a year's worth of new tree growth in other parts of the country, according to a new study led by biologist Jeffrey Chambers of Tulane University. 'The carbon that will be released as these trees decompose is enough to cancel out an entire year's worth of net gain by all U.S. forests. And this is only ...

  • Growth-oriented logging: a new concept in forest management

    Deforestation in the tropics has both local and global effects, but conservation remains a major challenge. New research describes a method for measuring tree growth and timber harvesting, which can lead to sustainable management of tropical timber resources. The method tailors cutting cycles according to accurate growth rates of different tree species. Research explored the Mamirauá Sustainable ...

  • Storms reduce the carbon sink provided by European forests

    Natural ecosystem disturbance could be enhancing the variability of the global carbon balance. A recent Swedish study investigated the effect of storm damage on the global carbon balance and found that storms could cause large reductions in the amount of carbon absorbed by forests. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are important parts of the Second European Climate Change programme (ECCP ...

  • The Role of Forest Carbon in Emerging Ecomarkets Will be Significant

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., — Forest carbon will play a significant role in emerging environmental markets designed to address climate change, despite the reluctance of some countries to accept forest carbon offsets, predicted environmental economics expert Ricardo Bayon at a seminar for forestry professionals representing all facets of the industry. “Forest carbon has been ostracized by the world’s ...


    By ImageTree Corporation

  • Sustaining forest ecosystem services: lessons for REDD

    A recent report has demonstrated that paying people to avoid clearing forests in developing countries can be a low-cost and effective way to tackle climate change and preserve valuable ecosystem services, providing governments are able to manage their forests effectively. Forests provide a wide range of services: food, fuel, building materials, freshwater, climate regulation, flood control, ...

  • Drowned tropical forests add to climate change

    Big dams built in the tropics to produce hydroelectricity have long been highly controversial − and data gathered in Laos by a French team studying methane emissions confirms that dams can add to global warming, not reduce it. In many rocky regions low on vegetation and population, such as in Iceland and other northern mountainous regions, the production of electricity from hydropower ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Model predicts shifts in carbon absorption by forest canopies

    An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist participated in a project to fine-tune computer models that can indicate when forest 'carbon sinks' become net carbon generators instead. The results will help pinpoint the effectiveness of trees in offsetting carbon releases that contribute to higher atmospheric temperatures and global climate change. ARS plant physiologist ...

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you