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arborvitae Issue 44 - Forests: a legal challengeIUCN | 01 Nov 2011
This issue of arborvitae, produced in conjunction with IUCNs Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, looks at how forest law is impacting local forest management around the world and how reforms are progressing in several countries.It also include articles on the following: Natural resource laws undermined in Uganda and law and local forest management in Africa
Kenya: International campaigners warn Europe over biofuels carbon disaster in Africafeedproxy.google.com | 22 Mar 2011
International campaigners led by the anti-poverty agency Actionaid that operates in over 20 countries in Africa has called for European biofuel plans in Kenya and other African states to be scrapped saying the cost of destroying forests as part of the process would far outweigh any savings made on carbon emissions and exorbitant hunger.
Forest Fest Makes Headway in Protection, Poverty ReductionInter Press Service | 07 Feb 2011
Political leaders have committed to ramping up restoration of the world's forests and tackling poverty in forest communities as part of pledges made at the ninth session Forum on Forests, which wrapped up at the United Nations headquarters in New York last week.
International Year of Forests (IYF) - "Celebrating Forests for People"UNEP | 02 Feb 2011
Forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss.
What are REDD and REDD+?IRIN News | 31 Jan 2011
Forests help sustain life on earth by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, and also provide a home to many communities that depend on them, yet they become one of the biggest sources of harmful carbon dioxide when they are destroyed.
Forest Summit Seeks "People-Friendly" SolutionsInter Press Service | 27 Jan 2011
Earlier this month, on a hot and humid day in the Jambi province of Indonesia, a group of local farmers was critically injured after being shot as they attempted to harvest fruit on a contested palm plantation.
Somalia: Charcoal trade booming despite banIRIN News | 21 Jan 2011
Although the export of charcoal has been banned by Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the trade is booming in areas controlled by Islamist opposition groups, with locals saying volumes have risen sharply in past months.
Rwanda: Forest Conservation Calls for Carrot and StickInter Press Service | 21 Jan 2011
For years, the various campaigns for sustainable use of forests just passed Pascal Segatashya by. But Rwanda's ambitious Forest Conservation Project eventually found him - and it has transformed his life and livelihood.
In Brief: Spotlight on forestsIRIN News | 11 Jan 2011
Forest clearing to make way for agriculture continues at a high rate, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization report published before the launch of 2011 as the UN International Year of Forests on 2 February. Between 2000 and 2010, the world's total forest area decreased at an annual rate of 5.2 million hectares, equivalent to the size of Costa Rica, states the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment.
Southern Africa Collectively Gearing Up For REDDips.org | 07 Dec 2010
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is moving to support its member countries to tap into benefits from the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) framework. Destruction of forests both contributes to carbon emissions and deprives the planet of an important mechanism to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
Southern Africa Collectively Gearing Up For REDDInter Press Service | 03 Dec 2010
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is moving to support its member countries to tap into benefits from the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) framework.
Nigeria/Benin: Global Warming - Edo Govt to Plant One Million TreesAllAfrica.com | 02 Dec 2010
Benin — Edo State Government has said it would plant at least million trees a year as a measure to reduce the effect of climate change. The process, according to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, has already started in 2009 with the planting of 250,000 forest tree seedlings in the state forest reserve and later increased to 400,000 at Ologbo and South Ibie Forest Reserve.
DRC: It pays to go greenIRIN News | 30 Nov 2010
IBI Monday, November 29, 2010 (IRIN) - Olivier Mushiete sees himself as a pioneer: His ever-expanding acacia forest on the Bateké plateau, 120km east of Kinshasa, is central Africa's first carbon sink plantation.
UGANDA: Carbon Finance May Not Benefit Forest CommunitiesInter Press Service | 30 Nov 2010
Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots.
ETHIOPIA: They Have Become Farmers of Treesips.org | 22 Nov 2010
They have spent the better part of their lives destroying the forest, but Kochito Gabre and his cohort are now the guardians of a UNESCO-recognised resource in the Ethiopian highlands. After shrinking to barely half its original size, the Kafa Forest is now a model for sustainable use in the country.
Tanzania: Protecting the World's Most Expensive Treeips.org | 22 Nov 2010
Moshi, TANZANIA, With the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro providing a backdrop under simmering tropical sunshine, a group of women in Mijongweni village break into song. The song, in Swahili, praises the benefits of protecting the environment and living in harmony with nature for the survival of generations; values vital to the survival of one of the rarest hardwood trees in the world, the African blackwood.
KENYA: Education woes for Mau Forest evicteesIRIN News | 19 Nov 2010
KAPKEMBU-MAU - Hundreds of children are missing out on an education in Rift Valley's Mau Forest region as families seeking refuge in temporary camps, following their eviction from the forest, struggle to find alternative livelihoods.