Undisturbed forests could cease to exist in large tropical humid regions by 2050, study says

Satellite data show that undisturbed forests will completely disappear in large tropical humid regions by 2050 under current disturbance rates, according to new research. Forests play a key role in stabilizing the environment; their carbon-storage capacity offering a nature-based solution to climate change by keeping the release of planet-warming greenhouse gases in check. In a […]

Wanted: A balanced assessment of the ecological impact of all vegetable oils

All too often, bias ingrained into conservationist campaign narratives obfuscates the context in which crops are produced, unjustly vilifying some and celebrating others. Now, a team of leading international experts is urging that closer scrutiny of the environmental impact of all crops in the context of product and land use is warranted amid growing competition […]

Strategic forest and landscape restoration for bioenergy and human survival

Developing biofuel-based regenerative supply systems can deliver much-needed energy to consumers in the Global South and prevent the collapse of ecosystems, while contributing to the efficiency of a circular bioeconomy, according to scientists.  Biofuels – particularly wood and charcoal – are the sole source of energy for at least 2.6 billion people worldwide, mainly in Africa and Asia, where crop […]

National forest monitoring capacity increases worldwide, research shows

Keeping tabs on the quantity of carbon stored in forests is a vital part of global efforts to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Protecting and sustainably managing forests could contribute up to 30 percent of the goal established by the U.N. Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to prevent mean annual temperatures from rising […]

‘Forgotten’ plants a boon for biodiversity

A disproportionate three quarters of human food consumption derives from only 12 plant species and five types of animal, according to a story published as part of “Follow the Food,” a series produced by Britain’s BBC. At least 30,000 of the 350,000 known plant species are edible, according to the story. Despite this massive potential, only 170 species of […]

Selective memories: The historical roots of environmentalism

When the late British scientist Richard Grove spoke at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library in 2006, he did what historians often do — he demonstrated parallels between past and present. But Grove was not a conformist. By the time of his presentation in New Delhi, he had already changed the generally accepted historical narrative […]

New guide aims to accelerate forest tenure pathways to gender equality

Forest tenure reform in the global south has often failed to be gender-responsive, but there is increasing interest in taking up this challenge to activate effective change. Now, a new guide created by scientists with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) aims to make the process more accessible, recommending a three-step process, billed as […]

Structuring climate finance to benefit women and alleviate poverty

Tackling climate change requires large-scale financial investments into adaptation and mitigation activities. Known as “climate finance” under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the idea of mobilizing funds from countries in the global north into local, national or international environmental efforts in the south, is embedded into the U.N. Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

Structuring climate finance to benefit women and alleviate poverty

Tackling climate change requires large-scale financial investments into adaptation and mitigation activities. Known as “climate finance” under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the idea of mobilizing funds from countries in the global north into local, national or international environmental efforts in the south, is embedded into the U.N. Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

Indonesia bentuk tim ahli lahan basah dalam upaya mewujudkan tujuan pembangunan

Satu Tim Koordinasi Strategis Manajemen Lahan Basah dibentuk oleh Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional (Bappenas) pada Oktober, dalam upaya menselaraskan upaya Indonesia mewujudkan Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (SDG) dan memprioritaskan pembangunan rendah kabron. Salah satu tugas tim adalah bertanggung jawab dalam perencanaan, sinkronisasi kebijakan, data dan informasi, selain implementasi pemantauan, evaluasi dan pelaporan. Demikian dinyatakan pemerintah dalam keputusan yang […]