News Round-up March 3 - 16, 2014

News Round-up March 3 – 16, 2014

Tackling illegal logging should not be a yearly event – March 3, 2014 Anniversaries can vary in significance, both to people individually and to wider audiences. On paper, the first anniversary of the introduction of a piece of timber legislation might not be a birthday that is chalked up in many people’s calendar. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/tackling-illegal-logging-should-not-be-a-year/blog/48362/ Soco International’s oil activity in world…

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News Round-up: Feb 17 – March 2, 2014

News Round-up: Feb 17 – March 2, 2014

SOCO to be exempt of tax for Virunga operations – February 17, 2014 A stabilisation clause in the agreement signed between oil exploration company SOCO International and the DR Congo government in 2010 means that SOCO is exempt from tax and environmental protection legislation in the country. http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/soco-to-be-exempt-of-tax-for-virunga-operations/   Conservation groups launch new whistleblower site for wildlife and forest crimes…

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News Round-up: Jan 20 - Feb 9 2014

News Round-up: Jan 20 – Feb 9 2014

Cultural constraints, dearth of data limit forests’ role in food security – January 28, 2014 Forests can play a larger role in sustainably feeding a growing global population, but their contribution is hampered by cultural factors and limited data on the nutritional composition of forest food sources, a new review says. http://www.trust.org/item/20140128011424-j2arf/?source=hppartner Through careful management, indigenous people have shaped Asian…

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News Round-up: January 6-19, 2014

News Round-up: January 6-19, 2014

All of Earth’s problems in one interactive view (including deforestation but you will need the Google Earth Plug In) – January 6, 2014 Every now and then a scientific paper or independent study publishes findings that detail the extent of our planet’s problems. Pollution at an all time high. Greenhouse gases causing global warming. Extreme climate phenomena. Nuclear radiation leaks….

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News Round-up: December 9 – 22, 2013

News Round-up: December 9 – 22, 2013

World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation – December 9, 2013 The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility today approved the methodological framework for its Carbon Fund, laying the foundation for the disbursal of nearly $390 million to pilot performance-based conservation programs in the developing world http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10100&section=news_articles&eod=1 Forest loss in the Congo is up to 40% higher…

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News Round-up: Nov 25 – Dec 8, 2013

News Round-up: Nov 25 – Dec 8, 2013

Africa: Help the People, Save the Trees – December 3, 2013 Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP” http://allafrica.com/stories/201312051327.html…

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News Round-up: November 11 – 24, 2013

News Round-up: November 11 – 24, 2013

REDD+ carbon market stabilizes, but risk of supply glut looms – November 13, 2013 The market for carbon credits generated under projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) showed signs of stabilizing in 2012 after a sharp drop in 2011, finds Forest Trends’ new assessment of the global forest carbon market. http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1113-state-of-redd-carbon-market-2012.html#kEHUzroYaMKb1tI1.99 Congo-Kinshasa: An Example in DRC…

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News Round-up: Oct 28 – Nov 10, 2013

News Round-up: Oct 28 – Nov 10, 2013

Brazzaville Declaration – October 28, 2013 Backed by six countries, Brazzaville Declaration is latest effort to slow destruction of valuable habitat but lacks detail about the potential role of local communities, of which there are many tens of thousands in the Central African forests. http://www.rtcc.org/2013/10/28/un-hopes-congo-deal-can-save-africas-rainforests/ Communities can monitor forests ‘as well as experts’ – October 29, 2013 Communities living alongside…

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