tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/ghana1 Ghana news from mongabay.com 2015-02-23T20:05:52Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14396 2015-02-18T23:52:00Z 2015-02-23T20:05:52Z Selective logging causes long-term changes to forest structure <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/150/gabon_2813.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal <i>Ecological Research</i>. The paper is based on field data from more than 500 plots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon. Rhett Butler 7.341270 -11.236710 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14308 2015-01-27T03:00:00Z 2015-01-27T03:45:02Z Financial pledges for REDD+ slow to be disbursed, finds report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0126REDDX-COUNTRIES150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The report, published by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Vietnam Rhett Butler -3.528182 -60.026652 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14213 2015-01-02T17:28:00Z 2015-02-26T19:44:17Z Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2477.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests</a>, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015. Rhett Butler -1.414087 -76.659226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13715 2014-08-25T19:43:00Z 2014-08-27T18:09:37Z Can it be stopped? Ghana's forests 'could completely disappear in less than 25 years' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0825-chimp-butler-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ghana contains forests that are biologically unique and important both for the wildlife they contain and the human communities that depend on them. However, the country is experiencing one of the greatest rates of deforestation in West Africa. At its current rate of forest loss, a study estimates that Ghana could be devoid of major forest cover in less than a quarter-century. Morgan Erickson-Davis 5.667530 -2.420482 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13591 2014-07-28T19:23:00Z 2014-11-06T17:42:35Z Invasion of the oil palm: western Africa's native son returns, threatening great apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0728-lowland-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As palm oil producers increasingly look to Africa’s tropical forests as suitable candidates for their next plantations, primate scientists are sounding the alarm about the destruction of ape habitat that can go hand in hand with oil palm expansion. A recent study sought to take those warnings a step further by quantifying the overlap in suitable oil palm land with current ape habitat. Morgan Erickson-Davis 4.693148 9.191509 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11506 2013-05-30T00:31:00Z 2013-05-30T00:46:24Z Bulk of Ghana timber exports may be illegal The bulk of timber produced from logging operations in Ghana fails to meet criteria set for import into the E.U. claims a new report from Global Witness. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11205 2013-04-10T16:03:00Z 2015-02-09T22:50:16Z Beautiful striped bat is the "find of a lifetime" (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0410.NiumbahaSuperbaLarge1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have uncovered a rare, brilliantly-striped bat in South Sudan that has yielded new secrets after close study. Working in Bangangai Game Reserve during July of last year, biologist DeeAnn Redeer and conservationist Adrian Garsdie with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) came across an unmissable bat, which has been dubbed by various media outlets as the "badger bat" and the "panda bat." Jeremy Hance 4.718778 31.70288 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9644 2012-06-11T12:35:00Z 2012-06-18T00:23:06Z Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate "natural capital" into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity&#8212;for example pollination, clean water, and carbon&#8212;is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development. Dubbed the Gaborone Declaration, the pledge was signed by Botswana, Liberia, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania following a two day summit. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9458 2012-04-30T18:29:00Z 2015-02-05T01:15:59Z High-tech hell: new documentary brings Africa's e-waste slum to life <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/ewastelandkeyborad.IMG_1065.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Shirtless boys rapidly pull the computer apart, discarding bits and pieces, until they expose the wires, yank them out, and toss them into a fire. Acrid, toxic smoke blooms as the boys prod the wires and the fire strips the plastic around the wires, leaving the sought-after copper. Welcome, to Agbogbloshie, where your technology goes to die. A new film e-wasteland captures the horrors of the world's largest e-waste slum through surreal and staggering images. Shot over three weeks by one-man guerrilla filmmaker, David Fedele, e-wasteland is an entirely visual experience without dialogue or voiceover. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9129 2012-02-20T17:51:00Z 2012-03-08T19:11:53Z Six nations, including U.S., set up climate initiative to target short-term greenhouse gases With global negotiations to tackle carbon emissions progressing interminably, nations are seeking roundabout ways to combat global climate change. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced in India last week a new six nation initiative to target non-carbon greenhouse gases, including soot (also known as "black carbon"), methane, and hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs). Reductions of these emissions would not only impact short-term climate change, but also improve health and agriculture worldwide according to a recent study in Science. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8634 2011-11-02T18:54:00Z 2015-01-29T00:09:18Z Saving Ghana's vanishing frogs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Leptopeles-hyloides-Ankasa-bamboo-cathedral-1-a-550.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Frogs need all the help they can get. With the IUCN Red List estimating that 41 percent of amphibians are endangered, frogs are currently the world's most imperiled animal family. Scientists estimate that around 200 amphibian species have been lost to extinction in recent decades to habitat loss, pollution, and a devastating fungal disease. Yet as the frog emergency worsens, there have been positive movements in conservation. The most recent comes from the small West African country of Ghana. Partnering with the enthusiastic US-based organization, SAVE THE FROGS!, two Ghanaian herpetologists, Gilbert Baase Adum and Caleb Ofori, have started a sister branch in their country: SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8376 2011-09-09T13:28:00Z 2015-01-28T23:52:20Z Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/ewaste.150..jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Agbogbloshie, a slum outside the capital city of Accra, Ghana, tons of electronic waste lies smoldering in toxic piles. Children make their way through this dangerous environment, desperate to strip even a few ounces of copper, aluminum, brass, and zinc from worn-out electronics originating from the United States and Europe. "The smell alone will drive all but the most desperate away, but many are so desperate they persevere despite the obvious dangers. It is a very tough thing to witness," explains Dr. Kwei Quartey, a Ghanaian author and physician, in a recent mongabay.com interview. Jeremy Hance 5.539104 -0.206766 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8353 2011-09-01T17:56:00Z 2015-01-28T23:52:47Z Controversial study finds intensive farming partnered with strict protected areas is best for biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/phalan2HR.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Given that we have very likely entered an age of mass extinction&#8212;and human population continues to rise (not unrelated)&#8212;researchers are scrambling to determine the best methods to save the world's suffering species. In the midst of this debate, a new study in Science, which is bound to have detractors, has found that setting aside land for strict protection coupled with intensive farming is the best way to both preserve species and feed a growing human world. However, other researchers say the study is missing the point, both on global hunger and biodiversity. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8035 2011-06-19T16:41:00Z 2011-06-20T17:17:02Z How do we save Africa's forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0620mercer150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Africa's forests are fast diminishing to the detriment of climate, biodiversity, and millions of people of dependent on forest resources for their well-being. But is the full conservation of Africa's forests necessary to mitigate global climate change and ensure environmental stability in Africa? A new report by The Forest Philanthropy Action Network (FPAN), a non-profit that provides research-based advice on funding forest conservation, argues that only the full conservation of African forests will successfully protect carbon stocks in Africa. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6505 2010-07-15T17:01:00Z 2015-01-23T17:42:53Z Illegal logging declining worldwide, but still 'major problem' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/sumatra_0680.thumb.crop.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report by the Chatham House finds that illegal logging in tropical forest nation is primarily on the decline, providing evidence that new laws and international efforts on the issue are having a positive impact. According to the report, the total global production of illegal timber has fallen by 22 percent since 2002. Yet the report also finds that nations—both producers and consumers—have a long way to go before illegal logging is an issue of the past. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5518 2010-01-25T23:07:00Z 2010-01-25T23:11:54Z Forestry sector needs transparency to reduce risks of REDD A new project aims to increase transparency in the forestry sector, an area long plagued by corruption and mismanagement. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3345 2008-09-04T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:25Z Ghana becomes first country to sign sustainable timber pact with the E.U. The European Union has signed a sustainable forestry deal with Ghana that would stop imports of illegally-harvested timber from the West African nation, according to a statement released by the European Forest Institute. The agreement comes under the European Commission's 2003 Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), which seeks to address illicit timber imports. The regulation requires chain-of-custody documentation for timber to be imported into the E.U. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3112 2008-07-24T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:34Z 14 countries win REDD funding to protect tropical forests Fourteen countries have been selected by the World Bank to receive funds for conserving their tropical forests under an innovative carbon finance scheme. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2566 2007-12-06T14:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:47:32Z Pictures of new species discovered in West Africa Scientists have discovered significant populations of new, rare and threatened species in one of the largest remaining blocks of tropical forest in West Africa, reports conservation International (CI). The findings underscore the need to conserve the area's high biological richness. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1412 2006-12-14T17:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:57Z Looming desertification could spawn millions of environmental refugees Africa may be able to feed just 25% of its population by 2025 if soil degradation on the continent continues at its current pace, according to a water expert presenting at an upcoming United Nations University (UNU) conference on desertification in Algiers, Algeria. Karl Harmsen, Director of UNU's Ghana-based Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, says that should soil conditions continue to decline in Africa, nearly 75% of the continent could come to rely on some sort of food aid by 2025. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1342 2006-11-06T17:00:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:47Z Forest protection could earn tens of millions for Ghana Ghana could earn tens of millions of dollars for reducing its deforestation rate under a carbon-trading initiative proposed by a coalition of developing countries and under discussion this week at U.N. climate talks in Nairobi, Kenya. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/744 2006-01-22T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:33Z Goodbye to West Africa's Rainforests West Africa's once verdant and extensive rainforests are now a historical footnote. Gone to build ships and furniture, feed hungry mouths, and supply minerals and gems to the West, the band of tropical forests that once extended from Guinea to Cameroon are virtually gone. The loss of West Africa's rainforests have triggered a number of environmental problems that have contributed to social unrest and exacerbated poverty across the region. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/409 2005-09-21T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:12Z Cocoa innovations could help West Africa escape poverty Ghana is leading efforts to use waste from cocoa farming to produce household products and drinks -- from fertilizer and soap to wine and brandy -- that will boost income for poor farmers. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/391 2005-09-20T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:11Z Builder of rainforest canopy walkways believes conservation can be profitable This month's issue of The Ecological Finance Review details Greenheart conservation Company, a for-profit company that designs, builds and operates conservation based canopy walkways (canopy trails) and other nature-based attractions around the world. Operating on the premise that conservation can be economically viable, Greenheart believes that is has already become a "model of how to shift gears from an industrial to a green economy." Greenheart has developed or is developing canopy walkways in Peru, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ghana, Brazil, Guyana, the United Kingdon, and Canada. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/77 2005-04-21T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:02Z Studying the rainforest canopy The Global Canopy Programme, a groundbreaking new project dedicated to studying rainforest canopies, is about to enter the implementation stage in five tropical forests across the globe. Headed by Dr. Andrew Mitchell of Oxford University, the project will place giant cranes in Brazil, Ghana, India, Madagascar and Malaysia Rhett Butler