- Published: 31 August 2015
The boreal forest, one of the largest biomes on Earth, provides ecosystem services that benefit society at levels ranging from local to global. Currently, about two-thirds of the area covered by this biome is under some form of management, mostly for wood production. Services such as climate regulation are also provided by both the unmanaged and managed boreal forests. Although most of the boreal forests have retained the resilience to cope with current disturbances, projected environmental changes of unprecedented speed and amplitude pose a substantial threat to their health. Management options to reduce these threats are available and could be implemented, but economic incentives and a greater focus on the boreal biome in international fora are needed to support further adaptation and mitigation actions.
- Published: 25 August 2015
According to the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, the Turkish Army shoots with munition and bombs which result in forest fires in a planned and systematic manner. With the restart of the war in North-Kurdistan by Turkish state in end of July 2015 the Turkish Army has started to burn down forests. After 2,5 years of negotiations about the start of a peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurdish Freedom Movement, the Turkish side decided to attack the PKK Guerrilla HPG (Peoples Defense Forces) and legal political activists.
- Published: 29 July 2015
His name was Erasio Vieda Ponce, an indigenous leader of the Tolupán community in Locomapa, whose members have been killed, threatened and criminalized for taking a stand against mining and illegal logging on their land. He is the fifth victim of a spate of murders targeting land activists in a small community in northern Honduras, allegedly at the hands of hitmen employed by local landowners.
- Published: 27 July 2015
- Published: 22 July 2015
Thanks to a technologically innovative system, unveiled today by the Rainforest Foundation UK together with its Cameroonian partner Foder (Forêts et Développement Rural), remote forest communities can now report illegal logging on their lands in ‘real-time’. A ground-breaking technology, unveiled today by the Rainforest Foundation UK, gives forest peoples the opportunity to send near-instantaneous, highly geographically accurate reports of illegal felling of trees, such as by timber or palm oil companies, from anywhere in the world, even where there is no mobile, phone or internet connectivity.