forest plantation cultivation News

  • 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 ...

  • Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

    Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Prize-winning researcher saves natural forests with bioenergy

    Bioenergy doesn’t have to consume resources – on the contrary, it can save important environmental assets. Brazilian researcher Laércio Couto and his team have proved just that, and for this work he is the first recipient of the World Bioenergy Award. The World Bioenergy Award was awarded for the first time at the inauguration of the World Bioenergy international ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Indonesia forests still dwindle despite reforms

    At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced. They say pulp and palm oil plantations are still expanding at an alarming rate in Sumatran forests, despite efforts by the government and industry. That ...


    By Associated Press

  • Deforestation`s double blow: carbon emissions and biodiversity loss

    Deforestation increases CO2 emissions, as forests are subjected to 'slash and burn' clearing to make way for agricultural land. In China, for example, vast areas of rainforest are being cleared to make way for rubber plantations. Using satellite images, researchers have assessed that the average loss of natural forest between 1976 and 2003 is 13,722 hectares per year. In total, this caused a loss ...

  • Agroforestry can fix Pakistan’s depleting tree cover

    Using a mix of trees and crop species can help rejuvenate Pakistan's  deteriorating forests, a study reported. The study is based on physical and chemical analyses of 400 soil samples, collected during a survey of farms and plantations to compare the four agro-ecological zones of the Punjab province. Results of the findings published in the African Science Journal of Environmental Sciences ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 2 New tools can cut deforestation and support sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

    Can the world have its palm oil and forests, too This is an issue that my colleague and I discussed a while back. I am pleased to say that we recently moved a step toward ensuring that the answer is “yes.” At the 10th Annual Meeting of the ...

  • Dense planting no obstacle to growth – if the trees are cloned

    It isn’t competition for nutrients that make densely planted trees give a worse yield per hectare. The problem is actually genetics. So said World Bioenergy Award winner Professor Laércio Couta at the World Bioenergy conference in Jönköping, Sweden. Laércio Couta won the World Bioenergy Award for his work on eucalyptus cultivation in Brazil. At the conference ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Peatlands of South East Asia are heading towards a socio-economic disaster

    Agricultural production in vast regions of South East Asia will be lost in the coming decades as a result of flooding of extensive lowland landscapes due to unsustainable development and management of peat soils. About 82% of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak (East Malaysia) will be irreversibly flooded within 100 years and substantial areas are already experiencing drainage problems. This will ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Kellogg to use environmentally friendly palm oil

    Kellogg Co. says it will buy palm oil only from companies that don't destroy tropical rainforests to produce the additive used in many processed foods. The cereal giant responded to a campaign by environmental groups that have long pressured the food industry to shun palm oil from plantations that displace rainforests in Southeast Asian nations, primarily Indonesia. The forests are home to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sumatran fires: hype about the symptoms, insufficient action on the disease

    Sumatra, Indonesia. The health and climate impacts of large peatland and forest fires in Sumatra provide yet another harrowing reminder of the unsustainability of palm oil and pulp wood plantations on peat. Massive fires raging on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have triggered warnings from health authorities in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and sparked a row among the three ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Sustainability commitments of peat-heavy industry

    In Southeast Asia about 25% of plantations are currently on peat and some companies have more than 75% of their plantations on these carbon rich soils. But an increasing number of palm oil and pulp wood producing giants are announcing their commitments to no deforestation and no peatland conversion. What are their real intentions for peatlands? Draining peatlands for ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Indonesian moratorium extended, but peatlands remain threatened

    Wetlands International welcomes the extension of Indonesia’s moratorium on new forest concessions signed on the 13th May by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The extension, however, fails to address the shortcomings of the previous moratorium. The long-awaited extension of the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Mapping tool to support sustainable palm-oil farming

    Two online mapping applications, designed to support sustainable production in Indonesia by helping to identify degraded lands that could be used to produce palm oil, were launched by the US-based World Resources Institute (WRI) last month (30 October). The Forest Cover Analyzer and Suitability Mapper aim to support government efforts to reduce ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Croppers pose new threat to Amazon rainforest

    Despite Brazil having made great strides in reducing logging in the Amazon region, a US study says the country faces a renewed threat to its forests. The report’s authors − who focused on the Amazon states of Mato Grosso and Pará, where they interviewed ranchers and meat processors − say the cost of raising beef cattle is prompting many ranchers to consider switching to ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Advanced Biofuel Center announces Couple Biodiesel oil Crops progress

    The Advanced Biofuel Center  (ABC) recently announced progress on its work with its mission "more Biodiesel oil per hectare" by developing two or more dedicated Biodiesel Crops in same acreage and that without extra inputs.  According to the ABC, it has developed a highly productive procedure and system of plantation of a couple of oil crops in same land area and a set of best practices ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Pongamia in conjunction with Moringa improves biodiesel economics, BBA reports

    Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) is the Global authority for scientific commercialization of nonfood fuel crop. CJP is dedicated to the development of oil seed bearing trees - non-food multiple vegetable oil plantation and technologies in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, bring greater control and security of fuel supply and reduce dangerous climate changing ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

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