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  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • Forests and REDD+ in COP17 Durban

    With all its complex processes and acronyms, it’s easy to forget that the international climate change negotiations are supposed to lead to changes on the ground. There have been several developments this year, however, which should remind us of the urgency of the task and the importance of getting each piece of the puzzle right, including incentives for developing countries to reduce their ...

  • FAO sets standards to improve national forest monitoring systems

    FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. The tools are designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory - from assessment, design and field ...

  • Profile probe saves time and money for forest monitoring team

    FutMon project: Delta-T Profile Probes have been installed at four sites across the U.K. to provide soil moisture data as part of FutMon, an EU Life+ project. The aim of FutMon is to create a Europe-wide long term forest monitoring system. The FutMon partner organisation in the UK is Forest Research (Centre for Forestry and Climate Change). The data required for FutMon are being collected at ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Australia Invites Nations to Monitor Forests for Climate`s Sake

    SYDNEY, Australia, July 23, 2007 (ENS) - Australia will establish a new global system to monitor changes in forest cover and forest carbon levels as part of its A$200 million Global Initiative on Forests and Climate, government officials announced today. Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer, and Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced the initiative at a ...

  • Forest carbon work on-the-ground in Indonesia

    The choice of Bali as the location for the 2007 U.N. climate conference, currently underway, is significant because Indonesia is home to the world’s third largest remaining intact tropical forest (following only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo). This makes it crucial in the fight against global warming. At this year's conference, there has been much focus on offsetting carbon ...

  • 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  ...

  • Signs of recovery in polluted Czech forests

    Pollution has had a significant impact on European forests, where it disrupts many natural processes. Forests in Central Europe are among the most severely affected by pollution worldwide. New research1 from the Czech Republic suggests that attempts to cut sulfur-based pollution (such as acid rain) could also be important in a longer-term reduction of nitrate output from forest watersheds as ...

  • Colorado forest fires and the climate connection

    While many Americans set up camp to watch fireworks on July 4th, those in the Western U.S. were not as lucky. Firefighters didn’t get a holiday reprieve as they battled ongoing forest fires in Colorado. Plus, at least 40 cities in the state as well as many in neighboring states cancelled their fireworks shows due to the high risk of sparking new fires. Disappointed fireworks fans were the ...

  • Terrestrial Laser Scanning to measure forest parameters

    In November landConsult completed the second service contract with a national forest adminisitration in eastern Germany. Using a FARO Focus 3D Scanner and a Stonex GNSS more than 5 heactares with thousands of broadleaf trees and conifers have been  scanned. All scanned forests are part of a permanent monitoring system to research tree quality and ecological parameters. The 3D modells are ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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

  • SFI launches new forest certification standard

    Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. has released a new standard that reinforces its important role in supporting and promoting sustainable forest management as one of the world's leading third-party forest certification programs. Among other things, the new SFI 2010-2014 Standard, the result of an extensive 18-month public review, includes revisions that: Improve ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats

    The catastrophic wildfires that have swept across Russia this summer have killed at least 50 people and could cost the country's economy an estimated US$15 billion. But among the hidden victims of the fires are small, nocturnal animals that are fast losing their habitats. Russia's bat population - which boasts some 30 species - has been hit especially hard by the flames. The areas worst affected ...

  • A conversation with Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi on Indonesia’s Forests

    How can Indonesia—the world’s fourth-most populous country and an emerging economic powerhouse—reduce deforestation and promote sustainable development across its vast, rapidly changing landscape? That was a question recently posed by Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, Deputy for the ...

  • Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

    Managing the world's forest resources is today both a local and global undertaking, and technology has provided Global Forest Watch with an unprecedented opportunity to connect not only information and data but people, whether they be forest managers, businesses and private sector, or consumers across the globe. The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google,UNEP and a group of more than 40 ...

  • Impact of climate change on forests requires early action

    Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest ...

  • Nepal foresters ready to sell carbon stocks

    A pilot project underway in Nepal aims to strengthen the capacity of the government and community forest user groups (CFUGs) to measure and monitor carbon stored in the country’s forests. A project management unit (PMU), launched 16 July 2010, has initiated a payment distribution system to reward CFUGs that increase and maintain carbon storage levels. The four-year project, covering three ...


    By SciDev.Net

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