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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Photo Blog - Climate Smart Land Use: Paludiculture in the Tropics

    In the tropics, peat swamp forests are often logged and converted to oil palm and pulp wood plantations. This results in adverse effects on the natural resource base of local communities and impacts the biodiversity, water regulation and carbon storage functions of peatlands. As an alternative, paludiculture is a sustainable form of agriculture which enables the productive use of rewetted ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Land degradation on the rise, according to FAO

    Land degradation is intensifying in many parts of the world, according to a study using data taken over a 20-year period, FAO announced this week. Defined as a long-term decline in ecosystem function and productivity, land degradation is increasing in severity and extent in many parts of the world, with more than 20 percent of all cultivated areas, 30 percent of forests and 10 percent of ...

  • 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

  • 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

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