tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/degraded%20lands1 degraded lands news from mongabay.com 2014-09-25T21:41:22Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13837 2014-09-25T21:33:00Z 2014-09-25T21:41:22Z Four countries pledge to restore 30 million hectares of degraded lands at UN Summit In 2011, Germany and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature launched the Bonn Challenge, which pledged to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020. Several countries have already made commitments&#8212;including the U.S.&#8212;but this week at the UN Climate Summit four more jumped on board. Jeremy Hance 8.964736 38.828945 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12604 2014-01-07T18:15:00Z 2014-01-07T18:40:45Z Environmental degradation leads to public health crises <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/india/150/india_0155.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A 'systematic and comprehensive' approach is needed to understand the impact of human behavior on the world's public health, according to a new report. Written by the Heal (Health & Ecosystems Analysis of Linkages) consortium, the study highlights multiple examples of the impact on human health from environmental degradation, including sickness, death and even childhood reductions in IQ. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11274 2013-04-19T05:07:00Z 2013-07-12T03:21:00Z Indonesian palm oil industry would support land swaps to protect forest, while expanding production <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0072.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesian palm oil companies would support land swaps as a means to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation while simultaneously expanding production, representatives from the country's largest association of palm oil producers told mongabay.com in an interview last month. Rhett Butler -1.907149 113.557434 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9328 2012-03-29T22:15:00Z 2012-03-29T22:22:30Z Degraded lands hold promise in feeding 9 billion, while preserving forests Making productive use of degraded lands and boosting productivity of small-holder farmers are key to meeting surging global consumption of agricultural products while preserving critical wildlife habitats, said an agricultural expert on the sidelines of the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8975 2012-01-19T02:02:00Z 2013-09-11T17:41:53Z Deforestation, climate change threaten the ecological resilience of the Amazon rainforest The combination of deforestation, forest degradation, and the effects of climate change are weakening the resilience of the Amazon rainforest ecosystem, potentially leading to loss of carbon storage and changes in rainfall patterns and river discharge, finds a comprehensive review published in the journal <i>Nature</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7929 2011-05-26T17:52:00Z 2011-05-26T19:12:26Z Restoring forests: an opportunity for Africa Tropical forest news last week was dominated by Indonesia and Brazil. Forest clearing has surged over the past year in parts of the Amazon, the Brazilian Government reported. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s President signed a moratorium on cutting some intact forest areas, as part of a landmark billion-dollar deal with international donors. But new research shows that Africa offers some of the greatest opportunities globally for restoring forests. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7802 2011-04-29T03:14:00Z 2011-04-30T03:07:01Z Indonesian official: REDD+ forest conservation plan need not limit growth of palm oil industry Indonesia's low carbon development strategy will not impede the palm oil industry's growth said a key Indonesian climate official during a meeting with leaders from the country's palm oil industry. During a meeting on Thursday, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's REDD+ Task Force, asked industry leaders for their input on the government's effort to shift oil palm expansion to degraded non-forest land. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7408 2011-02-08T02:01:00Z 2011-02-08T02:50:39Z Monitoring deforestation: an interview with Gilberto Camara, head of Brazil's space agency INPE <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0207degrad150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Perhaps unsurprisingly, the world's best deforestation tracking system is found in the country with the most rainforest: Brazil. Following international outcry over immense forest loss in the 1980s, Brazil in the 1990s set in motion a plan to develop a satellite-based system for tracking changes in forest cover. In 2003 Brazil made the system available to the world via its web site, providing transparency on an issue that was until then seen as a badge of shame by some. Since then Brazil has become recognized as the standard-bearer for deforestation tracking and reporting&#8212;no other country offers the kind of data Brazil provides. Space engineer Gilberto Camara has overseen much of INPE's earth sensing work and during his watch, INPE has released several new exciting capabilities. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7242 2011-01-02T23:47:00Z 2011-01-03T01:02:49Z Converting palm oil companies from forest destroyers into forest protectors <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0103borneo150_2804.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In efforts to save the world's remaining rainforests great hopes have been pinned on "degraded lands" &#8212; deforested lands that are presently sitting idle in tropical countries. Optimists say shifting agriculture to such lands will help humanity produce enough food to meet growing demand without sacrificing forests and biodiversity and exacerbating social conflict. But to date, degraded lands remain an enigma, especially in Indonesia, where deforestation continues at a rapid pace. Degraded lands are often misclassified by various Indonesian ministries&#8212;land in a far-off province may be listed as "wasteland" by Jakarta, but in reality is blanked by verdant forest that sequesters carbon, houses wildlife, and affords communities with food, water, and other essentials. Granting logging and plantation concessions on these lands can result in conflict and environmental degradation. Rhett Butler