Global mega-trends impact forest communities, scientists find

Forests and the livelihoods they provide through ecosystem services are increasingly impacted by infrastructure development and other global trends that undermine efforts to achieve sustainability goals, according to a new study by international experts. Around 1.6 billion people – more than 25 percent of the world’s population – live within 5 km of a forest. […]

Resource rights deserve more attention in community forest management, report finds

Community forest management (CFM) is a decades-old concept that is intended to deliver mutually reinforcing benefits to the environment, rural incomes and natural resource rights of local people by formally recognizing the advantages of on-the-ground knowledge over centralized governance. About 14 percent of forests worldwide, and around 28 percent of forests in low- and middle-income […]

Resource rights deserve more attention in community forest management, report finds

Community forest management (CFM) is a decades-old concept that is intended to deliver mutually reinforcing benefits to the environment, rural incomes and natural resource rights of local people by formally recognizing the advantages of on-the-ground knowledge over centralized governance. About 14 percent of forests worldwide, and around 28 percent of forests in low- and middle-income […]

GLF delegates: Act now to conserve ‘pulse of the planet,’ Hindu Kush Himalaya

Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is a hotbed of plant, animal and cultural life, but urgent measures are required to protect the region, which offers eco-services and livelihoods to 240 million people in eight mountainous countries, according to delegates attending a special session of the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health. Academics, researchers […]

GLF delegates: Act now to conserve ‘pulse of the planet,’ Hindu Kush Himalaya

Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is a hotbed of plant, animal and cultural life, but urgent measures are required to protect the region, which offers eco-services and livelihoods to 240 million people in eight mountainous countries, according to delegates attending a special session of the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health. Academics, researchers […]

Indonesia puts people and environment first in peatland restoration efforts

Renewed efforts must be made to rewet and revegetate peatlands throughout the Indonesian archipelago, according to participants at a recent online workshop. If the swampy ecosystems are restored, millions of people will benefit, said experts attending the webinar, which was co-hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International Tropical Peatlands Center […]

Nutrition goals should guide design of food production landscapes, researchers say

Forests and trees make an important contribution to human diets in rural areas of the developing world. They provide essential nutrients from vegetables, fruit and nuts and are a source of wild meat, boosting the range of dietary sources that support the health and wellbeing of society, particularly children. However, at least 2 billion people […]