tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/redd1 redd news from mongabay.com 2015-06-22T05:28:15Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15013 2015-06-22T05:16:00Z 2015-06-22T05:28:15Z Norway, Colombia target partnership to save rainforests Norway and Colombia are in talks to establish a partnership to protect the South American country's rainforests. Rhett Butler -3.457667 -70.056032 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14973 2015-06-16T13:50:00Z 2015-06-16T22:30:28Z Climate negotiators make key breakthrough on forest protection deal ahead of Paris talks <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0616_MGaworecki_REDD_Rainforest_Thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have produced a draft agreement on the technical provisions of a plan to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Known as REDD+, the forest conservation plan is now far more likely to be included in a climate deal to be negotiated in Paris this December. Rebecca Kessler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14738 2015-05-04T16:43:00Z 2015-05-04T17:52:03Z Borneo's rainforest may get high-tech 3D scan to boost conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0504CAO-Tambopata-Peru-DEM-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation efforts in Borneo's embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based monitoring and assessment system. On Friday, the Carnegie Institution officially unveiled the latest upgrade of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane equipped with technologies that enable scientists to conduct extremely high resolution scans of forest structure, biomass, and biological diversity. The platform has generated a wealth of information in places where it has been flown before. Rhett Butler 37.513017 -122.252871 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14694 2015-04-27T23:57:00Z 2015-04-28T04:35:23Z 'Deforestation fronts' revealed <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0427wwf_deforestation_pressure150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Environmental group WWF has released a new report projecting where the organization believes the bulk of global deforestation is likely to occur over the next 15 years. The analysis, published today, highlights eleven regions where 'the bulk of global deforestation is projected to take place' by 2030. Rhett Butler 1.386919 110.181317 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14678 2015-04-23T05:22:00Z 2015-06-23T03:26:38Z In Indonesia, making REDD+ about carbon won't help biodiversity: study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="//lh3.googleusercontent.com/-azgBZw0XxGA/VTiCy3TuTKI/AAAAAAAABec/17YmGkGM0qQ/w150-h100-no/north_sumatra_0473.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Areas important for carbon correlate poorly with areas important for biodiversity in the country, a reality future REDD+ planning must take into account, a new study contends. The research was meant to address claims that REDD+ offers huge opportunities for biodiversity conservation. Philip Jacobson tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14606 2015-04-07T20:19:00Z 2015-04-09T18:18:16Z Condition of tropical forests 'worsening', could become 'critical' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/tropical-forest-loss150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>World leaders are continuing to overlook the worsening condition of tropical forests despite the biome's vast potential to help mitigate climate change, support local livelihoods and ecosystem services, and stabilize global agriculture, warns a comprehensive review published by a body founded by Prince Charles. Rhett Butler 1.940683 18.371643 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14594 2015-04-06T17:21:00Z 2015-06-18T01:08:54Z Fighting fire with money: can finance protect Indonesia’s forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0551.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In previous articles, we have seen an overview of the problems with the Indonesian palm oil industry. Such problems are largely caused by rent-seeking politicians and businessmen, who are willing to sacrifice endangered wildlife, the health of their countrymen and long-term environmental stability in the pursuit of profit. These actors exert a significant influence on and within the Indonesian government. As a result, Indonesia remains conflicted between the opposing goals of conservation and economic growth. Rhett Butler -2.904811 112.032508 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14570 2015-04-01T15:40:00Z 2015-06-23T04:02:47Z Indonesia, Brazil subsidizing forest loss far more than REDD+ slows it <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0401-thumb-riau_5576.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>International aid to protect forests in Indonesia and Brazil pales in comparison to domestic subsidies for commodities driving deforestation there. A study finds that while the countries received an annual average of $1 billion via REDD+, their agricultural and biofuel subsidies for palm oil, timber, soy and beef amounted to $41 billion per year. Philip Jacobson -5.633962 -52.828939 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14518 2015-03-20T19:12:00Z 2015-03-27T19:07:29Z Seeing the trees but not the forest (commentary) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1148.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Understanding forest dynamics is necessary for the sound management of forests, for both production and conservation. This includes an understanding of the extent of forest area, information about what the forest contains and how the forest resource is managed. Forest monitoring provides this information. Rhett Butler 8.783012 -2.582475 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14480 2015-03-11T16:34:00Z 2015-03-11T16:36:35Z UN report warns of grave consequences if mangroves not protected <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar-2012/150/madagascar_masoala_1107.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world. Mangroves, which are forests of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that lie along coastlines in the tropics and subtropics, are also invaluable carbon sinks. And we’re not doing nearly enough to protect them, says a recent report. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.525658 9.418032 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14392 2015-02-18T04:02:00Z 2015-02-18T04:22:28Z Campaign asks consumers to directly support forest conservation A new campaign is calling on consumers to directly support forest conservation with their wallets. Stand For Trees is an initiative launched by Code REDD, a marketing platform for a group of organizations running REDD+ forest conservation projects. Rhett Butler 8.4052892 -77.2588007 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14368 2015-02-11T01:47:00Z 2015-02-11T02:55:56Z Indonesia dissolves agency charged with forestry reform <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/sulawesi-tangkoko_0329.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world's first cabinet-level ministry dedicated to implementing REDD+ has been dissolved. In accordance with Indonesian Presidential Decree No. 16/2015 the agency known as BP REDD+, along with the National Council on Climate Change, has been absorbed into the newly merged Ministry of the Environment and Forestry (MoEF) as part of a massive government restructuring. Rhett Butler -1.649491 103.504287 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14349 2015-02-05T13:25:00Z 2015-02-05T13:29:23Z World Bank's forest carbon program falls short on indigenous peoples' rights, argues report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Countries poised to receive World Bank funds for achieving reductions in deforestation have insufficient safeguards for ensuring that local communities don't lose out in the rush to score money from the forest carbon market, argues a new report published by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14347 2015-02-05T04:48:00Z 2015-02-07T23:32:48Z Scientists, conservationists call for more inclusive efforts to save forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0205fsscas150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco brought together 167 scientists, educators, civil society leaders, artists, and interested members of the public at the Forest Solutions Summit to discuss approaches for bolstering protection and wiser use of global forests. Rhett Butler 37.770334 -122.466017 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/14281 2015-01-20T00:15:00Z 2015-01-20T19:22:22Z Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1186.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation. Rhett Butler 0.726830 121.278234 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14256 2015-01-13T17:49:00Z 2015-01-13T18:01:09Z Will Indonesia's REDD+ Agency be dissolved? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1190.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia's cabinet-level agency tasked with reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (BP REDD+), may be dissolved after only one year in operation. The head of the newly merged Ministries of the Environment and Forestry has indicated she intends to absorb the group into her agency—stripping BP REDD+ of its ability to operate independently. Rhett Butler 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/14208 2014-12-30T19:40:00Z 2015-01-10T02:17:03Z 2014: the year in rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/YIR-sabah_sepilok_0390_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 could be classified as 'The Year of the Zero Deforestation Commitment'. During 2014, nearly two dozen major companies, ranging from palm oil producers to fast food chains to toothpaste makers, established policies to exclude palm oil sourced at the expense of rainforests and peatlands. Rhett Butler 2.864823 17.489353 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14135 2014-12-10T06:38:00Z 2014-12-10T06:51:34Z Deforestation puts cultural survival of forest-dependent peoples at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1210-peru-massacre150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest-dependent peoples face grave threats from deforestation and other depredations, warns a new report that urges greater recognition of traditional land use and support of community-led initiatives to fight forest loss. The report, published Monday during climate talks in Lima, is based on research by dozens of indigenous and forest communities from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14125 2014-12-05T18:55:00Z 2014-12-05T19:00:08Z Indonesia sets reference level for cutting deforestation The Indonesian government has established reference levels for measuring reductions in emissions from deforestation and forest and peatland degradation, reports <i>Antara</i>. Rhett Butler 1.966167 100.523186 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14119 2014-12-05T16:39:00Z 2014-12-05T16:51:08Z Biodiversity protection is key to REDD+ success, study shows <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1023_biodiversity_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Protecting biodiversity may be crucial for successfully storing carbon in forests, scientists say. A recent publication on Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation suggests that biodiversity loss –especially through hunting – will hinder the success of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) projects. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14035 2014-11-17T21:57:00Z 2014-11-18T18:56:20Z Ending deforestation won't stop carbon emissions from land use change Even if the world stopped cutting down forests, carbon dioxide emissions from land use change would still pose a major challenge, according to a new paper in Nature Climate Change. The research finds that eliminating deforestation would mean agriculture would be pushed into non-forest ecosystems and still release significant quantities of carbon dioxide. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13999 2014-11-10T21:43:00Z 2014-11-11T01:35:05Z Peru has massive opportunity to avoid emissions from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1110carbon-zoom-amazon-mainstem150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly a billion tons of carbon in Peru's rainforests is at risk from logging, infrastructure projects, and oil and gas extraction, yet opportunities remain to conserve massive amounts of forest in indigenous territories, parks, and unprotected areas, finds a study published this week in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). Rhett Butler -5.298827 -76.268806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13987 2014-11-06T18:51:00Z 2014-11-09T16:52:49Z Indigenous uprising earned tribe territories, but greatest challenges lie ahead <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1007_panama_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1925, Nele Kantule led a revolution that would make Guna Yala an independent and sovereign indigenous territory within Panama. Since then, the Guna have maintained a way of life that has allowed them to preserve their natural resources and mainland forest to an exceptional degree. But today, like many indigenous groups around the world, the Guna face some of their greatest challenges yet: the impacts of climate change, encroaching outside influences, and a younger generation that many elders feel is drifting from its roots. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13968 2014-10-31T19:10:00Z 2014-11-07T16:26:48Z Between the Forest and the Sea: The Yarsuisuit Collective - Part II <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1031_01_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In this multimedia piece by SRI fellow Bear Guerra, we follow Andrés de León and the Yarsuisuit collective, a group of men who grow and harvest food sustainably in the Guna mainland forest. They also run a store on the island of Ustupu that helps support their families, serving as a model for the wider community. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13947 2014-10-27T18:19:00Z 2014-11-07T16:26:06Z Between the forest and the sea: life and climate change in Guna Yala - Part I <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_04_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The island-dwelling Guna people of Panama are one of the most sovereign indigenous communities in the world, but now severe weather and sea level rise are causing regular flooding on many of the islands, and will likely force the Guna to have to abandon their island homes for the mainland. This multimedia piece offers an introduction to everyday life and customs in Guna Yala and touches upon the uncertain future the Guna are now facing thanks to the impacts of climate change. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13892 2014-10-09T02:17:00Z 2014-10-14T04:57:34Z Brazil unlikely to sustain gains in reducing deforestation without new incentives for ranchers, says study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0588.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group. The findings suggest that Brazil's recent progress in reducing deforestation &#8212; annual forest loss in the region has dropped by roughly 80 percent since 2004 &#8212; could easily be reversed. Rhett Butler -6.358975 -52.505379 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13869 2014-10-03T17:57:00Z 2014-10-03T18:12:30Z Balu Wala, or the Kuna ‘good life': how one indigenous tribe is passing on its traditions (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0910_panama-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Jesús Smith is sitting at his old wooden desk facing the entrance to his house. He's hunched over, shirtless, and wearing his chunky reading glasses while writing copious notes by hand — a favorite pastime. When he sees the profile of one of his students, Julio, walking past his doorway, he yells, 'Hey! I'll see you in class tomorrow!' Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13822 2014-09-24T13:25:00Z 2014-09-24T13:35:11Z Leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1452.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dozens of companies, non-profit organizations, and governments pledged to work together to halve forest loss by 2020 and end it altogether by 2030. If implemented, the commitment could reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 4.5-8.8 billion tons annually, equivalent to removing a billion cars from the world's roads. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13812 2014-09-22T08:39:00Z 2014-09-22T21:50:02Z Scientists rebut NYTimes op-ed 'To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_0226.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The following is a response from a group of scientists' -- including 6 members of the National Academy, 3 IPCC Lead Authors, and 1 IPCC Co-Chair -- to Dr. Nadine Unger’s September 21, New York Times Op-Ed, "To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees" Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13794 2014-09-18T15:35:00Z 2014-11-10T20:11:01Z The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/colombia_1160.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) finds that same amount of money could have secured the legal rights of indigenous and local people to 450 million hectares of forest, an area 40 percent larger than India. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13750 2014-09-05T21:27:00Z 2014-09-06T02:54:54Z World's rainforests could be mapped in 3D at high resolution by 2020 for under $250M <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0905cao150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mapping the world's tropical forests with a fleet of airplanes outfitted with advanced LiDAR could rapidly and accurately assess global forest carbon stocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical Earth observation satellite mission &#8212; and far less than field-based sampling &#8212; argues a new paper published in <i>Carbon Balance and Management</i>. Rhett Butler -2.635788 -74.864044 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13737 2014-09-04T16:45:00Z 2014-09-08T16:42:57Z REDD+ versus indigenous people? Why a tribe in Panama rejected pay for their carbon-rich forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0904_04_guerra_kuna_yala150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There isn’t a word or phrase in the Kuna language for "carbon trading,” and much less for something as complex as REDD+. Standing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDD+ is the worldwide UN-backed climate change mitigation scheme that relies on carbon trading within forest landscapes to fund forest conservation programs. And yet, since 2008, the Kuna people have been hearing lots about it and referring to it often in their private conversations. Tiffany Roufs 9.548827 -78.839226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-12-30T22:34:37Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13685 2014-08-19T05:18:00Z 2014-08-19T05:34:50Z Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/australia/150/australia_mossman_gorge_071.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative. But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests? Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13657 2014-08-12T22:34:00Z 2014-08-13T04:13:32Z Governors pledge massive cuts in deforestation Governors from 13 states have pledged to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020 provided rich companies step forward with adequate levels of financial support. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13603 2014-07-30T13:19:00Z 2014-07-30T13:29:10Z Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0730-peru-carbon-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country's forests that could help it unlock the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity. Rhett Butler -5.16754 -75.038223 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13524 2014-07-10T16:28:00Z 2014-11-25T22:13:52Z Good intentions, collateral damage: forest conservation may be hurting grasslands <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0710-cerrado-frog-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Trees absorb CO2 and trap carbon molecules, and countless are lost as forests are felled around the world. So why not plant as many as we can? A recent paper suggests otherwise; the planting of more trees through international reforestation schemes may actually be harming tropical grasslands, which harbor endemic species and offer unique ecosystem services. Morgan Erickson-Davis -16.064819 -50.059863 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13465 2014-06-29T23:04:00Z 2014-07-04T17:33:22Z Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/ANNUAL-primary-forest-loss-indonesia150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite a high-level pledge to combat deforestation and a nationwide moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions, deforestation has continued to rise in Indonesia, according to a new study published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Annual forest loss in the southeast Asian nation is now the highest in the world, exceeding even Brazil. Rhett Butler -4.127285 104.840697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13462 2014-06-27T17:16:00Z 2014-06-27T23:31:57Z Is REDD+ bad for wildlife? New study says lowland forest protection bias unfair, urges change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0627-andes-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study published this week found tree cover does not necessarily correlate with habitat importance. It suggests that using such a metric may be leading to false assumptions of habitat importance, and that REDD+ and other carbon-centric conservation programs may actually be propelling some species towards extinction. Morgan Erickson-Davis 7.249391 -76.037375 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13450 2014-06-26T04:45:00Z 2014-06-26T13:17:27Z Despite early headwinds, Indonesia's biggest REDD+ project moves forward in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0625-rimba-ryra-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over a year ago, the Indonesian government officially approved the country's first REDD+ forest carbon conservation project: Rimba Raya, which aims to protect more than 64,000 hectares of peat forest in Central Kalimantan. The approval came after years of delays from the Ministry of Forestry and a substantial reduction in the project's concession area. But InfiniteEarth, the firm behind the project, pressed on. Now a year later, Rimba Raya's is not only still in business, but is scaling up its operations. Rhett Butler -3.262548 112.030914 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13386 2014-06-13T21:52:00Z 2014-06-14T00:20:00Z Protecting rainforests could sequester equivalent of a third of global emissions annually <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0613-carbon-emissions150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>liminating deforestation, peatlands and forest degradation, and forest fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in <i>Global Change Biology</i>. The research analyzed various emissions sources and sinks across the tropics. They found that carbon emissions from activities that damage and destroy forests are nearly counterbalanced by forest regrowth, reforestation, and afforestation. Rhett Butler -2.427252 -75.214005 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13373 2014-06-12T16:51:00Z 2014-06-13T22:06:16Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Learning from innovations to make REDD+ work <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/062.duchelle.innovations.boy.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Amy Duchelle coordinates research on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits of REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national level in Latin America as part of CIFOR's Gloal Comparative Study on REDD+. Jeremy Hance -5.481673 -59.772298 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13364 2014-06-10T02:43:00Z 2014-06-10T02:55:34Z Tropical nations make progress in slowing deforestation Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13346 2014-06-05T18:36:00Z 2014-06-05T19:23:03Z In cutting deforestation, Brazil leads world in reducing emissions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0605-nepstad-brazilian-amazon-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil's success in reducing deforestation in the world's largest rainforest has been much heralded, but progress may stall unless farmers, ranchers and other land users in the region are provided incentives to further improve the environmental sustainability of their operations, argues a study published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>. Rhett Butler -9.990491 -52.496109 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13320 2014-05-30T17:40:00Z 2014-05-30T17:42:37Z U.S. govt puts financial muscle behind REDD+ forest carbon conservation projects The U.S. government will put financial support behind an initiative that offers finance for emissions-reducing forest conservation projects. Rhett Butler 50.937554 6.960499 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13307 2014-05-29T12:47:00Z 2015-01-20T03:29:07Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Making community protection economically viable <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0528.tree.Other-Tanzania-411.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>After years of discovering new species and setting up protected areas, Neil Burgesses' career changed. Currently he is focused on community-driven conservation and on how to improve protected areas in Africa's Eastern Arc mountains region. Neil Burgess has worked in the conservation field for over twenty years, mainly in Tanzania where he also lived for five years. Jeremy Hance -6.067019 29.888210 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13303 2014-05-28T20:16:00Z 2014-05-29T03:50:24Z Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0528Logging-Luke-Parry150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Selective logging and small sub-canopy fires are degrading vast areas of rainforest across the Brazilian Amazon, contributing to largely hidden carbon emissions, argues a study published today in <i>Global Change Biology</i>. The research found stark differences in carbon storage between primary forests, selectively logged forests, logged and burned forests, and regrowing or secondary forests. Rhett Butler -2.565823 -54.802605 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13266 2014-05-22T13:29:00Z 2014-05-22T13:51:40Z DRC seeks $1B to save its rainforest The Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking a billion dollars for a plan to protect up to 9 million hectares of rainforests, reports the <i>Financial Times</i>. Rhett Butler 0.175781 20.472106 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13141 2014-04-28T21:37:00Z 2015-03-16T02:44:47Z Letting forests regrow on cattle pasture yields cheap conservation benefits Letting forests regrow naturally on grazing lands in the tropics offers substantial climate and biodiversity at a low cost, reports a study published in the journal <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Rhett Butler 3.381824 -75.897217 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13061 2014-04-08T22:47:00Z 2015-03-05T05:44:17Z Emissions from rainforest logging average 16% of those from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/150/gabon_2655.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries. The study analyzed carbon losses from elements of logging operations, including timber extraction, collateral damage to surrounding vegetation, and logging infrastructure like roads and skid trails. Rhett Butler 2.742787 -57.467165 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13010 2014-03-30T14:10:00Z 2014-03-31T03:37:20Z Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A UN program to reduce global carbon emissions may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors, argues a new report. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12978 2014-03-25T01:03:00Z 2014-03-25T01:07:07Z Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2207.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to control and manage their customary lands and to halt rights-violating development projects being carried out without consent from local communities. Rhett Butler -2.302732 113.872063 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12967 2014-03-21T20:12:00Z 2015-02-16T06:39:33Z U.N.: We can save world's forests at a fraction of cost of fossil fuels subsidies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0321unreddchart150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation &#8212; less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies &#8212; could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. Rhett Butler -5.57225 34.589596 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12956 2014-03-20T05:14:00Z 2015-02-16T04:39:48Z Community's push to clear forest for plantation challenges efforts to conserve in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0320SGP150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the swampy peatlands of Basilam Baru in Sumatra's Riau Province a conflict between a community and a woodpulp company is illustrating some of the intractable challenges of conserving forests and addressing deforestation in Indonesia. On first glance the story seems depressingly familiar. One actor wants to preserve the forest, which serves as critical habitat for endangered Sumatran tigers and clouded leopards. The other wants to clear it for a plantation. Rhett Butler 2.008027 101.173729 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12920 2014-03-12T23:34:00Z 2014-03-13T01:57:39Z West Sumatra joins Indonesia's REDD+ program West Sumatra has officially joined Indonesia's effort to cut forest loss as a pilot province under the country's REDD+ program. Rhett Butler -0.771064 100.797670 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12917 2014-03-12T16:24:00Z 2014-03-12T18:28:23Z New web tool aims to help indigenous groups protect forests and navigate REDD+ A new online tool, dubbed ForestDefender, aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database, developed by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), brings together vast amounts of legal information&#8212;both national and international&#8212;on over 50 countries. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12780 2014-02-15T18:58:00Z 2014-02-16T05:33:07Z Microsoft buys Madagascar carbon credits Technology giant Microsoft has bought the first carbon credits generated under a rainforest conservation project in Madagascar, reports Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which organized and backed the initiative. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12777 2014-02-14T19:36:00Z 2014-02-14T19:38:33Z REDD+ should finance corridors between protected areas, argues study The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) program should finance protection of corridors linking existing protected areas in order to better safeguard biodiversity while simultaneously helping mitigate climate change, argues a study published last month in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12751 2014-02-10T13:47:00Z 2015-01-18T05:30:43Z Reduced impact logging failing to cut emissions in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_0691.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Advocates for reduced impact logging in tropical forests often make a case that better forest management cuts carbon emissions relative to traditional forms of timber harvesting. While the argument for altering logging approaches to limit forest damage makes intuitive sense, a new study suggests that the carbon benefits may not bear out in practice. Rhett Butler 1.989156 117.350754 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12741 2014-02-07T10:08:00Z 2015-01-18T05:12:58Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Incentivizing keeping primary forests intact <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0207BradshawHeadshotFrog150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Much of Dr. Corey Bradshaw's work has a singular aim: to keep primary habitats and functioning ecosystems intact. According to Bradshaw, the existing system of carbon trading rules needs to be changed so that primary forests are given a higher value than other forms of land use. 'Nothing, can replace primary vegetation, both in terms of biodiversity value and other ecosystem services.' Rhett Butler -34.920845 138.607095 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12733 2014-02-06T07:30:00Z 2014-02-06T07:38:06Z REDD+ could fail without near-term financial support <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0206RI1_0301_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An ambitious plan to save the world's tropical forests by valuing them for the carbon the store may fail to reduce deforestation unless governments and multilateral institutions significantly scale up financial commitments to the program, argues a new report published by the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and UNEP Finance Initiative. Rhett Butler -10.833306 -56.614381 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12678 2014-01-23T15:09:00Z 2015-01-14T05:21:17Z How “insect soup” might change the face of conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0996.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Much of what we know about patterns of biodiversity has come from extensive fieldwork, with expert researchers sampling and identifying species in a process that takes thousands of man-hours. But new technologies may revolutionize this process, allowing us to monitor changes in biodiversity at speeds and scales unimaginable just a decade ago. Tiffany Roufs 51.566814 -1.785454 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12579 2013-12-26T23:48:00Z 2014-01-08T22:33:36Z Rainforest news review for 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1827.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year. As a review, this post will not cover everything that transpired during 2013 in the world of tropical forests. Please feel free to highlight anything this post missed via the comments section at the bottom. Also please note that this review focuses only on tropical forests. Rhett Butler -3.118576 -60.076675 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12558 2013-12-20T18:45:00Z 2014-02-20T19:14:40Z Indonesia appoints head of REDD+ agency to implement forest conservation plan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0691.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia has selected the first chief of its new REDD+ agency: Heru Prasetyo, an administrator and former private sector management consultant, reports Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's office. Prasetyo will take up the challenging task of implementing Indonesia's REDD+ program, which aims to steer the Southeast Asian nation away from business-as-usual management of its fast dwindling forests. The REDD+ program is part of the broader government plan to cut Indonesia's greenhouse has emissions by at least 26 percent from a projected 2020 baseline. Rhett Butler 4.072494 97.556877 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12436 2013-11-22T18:34:00Z 2013-11-22T21:31:51Z REDD+ program to cut deforestation gets final approval in Warsaw <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1122_sabah_2011_rainbow_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Negotiators in Warsaw have reached formal agreement on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), a program that aims to compensate tropical countries for protecting their forests. After seven years of discussions, countries approved the final REDD+ text on Friday at the COP17. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12425 2013-11-21T04:21:00Z 2013-11-22T20:25:16Z Govts pledge $280M to slow deforestation for agriculture <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1120-FOREST-LOSS-SHARE150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The governments of Norway, Britain and the United States pledged $280 million toward a new initiative that aims to reduce emissions associated with forest conversion for agriculture, reports Reuters. The money will come out of previously committed funds for climate change. The initiative, called the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes and administered by the World Bank, focuses on the 80 percent of deforestation that is driven by agriculture. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12392 2013-11-17T01:21:00Z 2014-01-22T20:16:28Z Why is Amazon deforestation climbing? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1116amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The 28 percent increase in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over last year that was reported this week is bad news, but it is not surprising. It is bad news because the decline in deforestation since 2005 has given us the single largest contribution to climate change mitigation on the planet, far surpassing the reductions in emissions achieved by any Annex 1 country under the Kyoto Protocol. Brazil’s achievement is particularly noteworthy because it did not come at the expense of agricultural production; beef and soybean production continued to grow. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12391 2013-11-16T16:53:00Z 2013-11-18T15:00:55Z Prize exploring the next big idea in rainforest conservation announced <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1317.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mongabay.org, a non-profit that aims to raise awareness about social and environmental issues relating to tropical forests and other ecosystems, has announced the first winner of its environmental reporting prize its Special Reporting Initiative (SRI) program. The prize sought proposals to explore the question of what's the next big idea in tropical biodiversity conservation. After a two-month application window and a month of deliberations, this week an independent panel of journalists and tropical forest specialists selected environmental journalist Wendee Nicole as the first recipient of the Mongabay Prize for Environmental Reporting. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12383 2013-11-14T20:12:00Z 2013-11-15T07:30:06Z Zero net deforestation is the wrong target, warn experts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2829.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Environmental initiatives that target zero net deforestation may miss their mark when it comes to slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity, warns a commentary published in this week's issue of the journal <i>Science</i>. While zero net deforestation may seem like a worthy target in efforts to curb forest loss, Sandra Brown and Daniel Zarin argue that the goal is at best, ambiguous, and at worst, may lead to perverse outcomes for the world's forests. Rhett Butler 37.791019 -122.4085 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12353 2013-11-11T21:49:00Z 2013-11-11T22:00:56Z Redeeming REDD: a conversation with Michael Brown <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2601.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Redeeming REDD: Policies, Incentives and Social Feasibility for Avoided Deforestation, anthropologist Michael Brown relays a constructive critique of the contemporary aims, standards and modalities for mitigating climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). Brown advocates for REDD as a viable mechanism for the long-term pro-poor conservation and restoration of tropical forests as well&#8212;but only if local forest dwellers and Indigenous. Peoples can join the negotiating table and act as forest stewards. Local people must first be empowered to make 'socially feasible' decisions that are necessary for their livelihoods and well-being. In other words, there can be no environmentalism without credible local leadership, which requires investment in capacity building at the local level for sustainable institutions. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12269 2013-10-29T00:37:00Z 2013-10-29T13:57:44Z With training, local communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure forest carbon Provided two to three days of training, forest communities can accurately and cost-effectively measure biomass and other data needed to assess REDD+ projects, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Ecology and Society</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12210 2013-10-16T22:10:00Z 2013-10-16T22:12:45Z 40% of Brazil's rural area owned by 1.4% of landholders Forty percent of the 509 million hectares of land classified as 'rural property' in Brazil is owned by 1.4 percent of rural households, finds a new analysis conducted by a group of Brazilian NGO's. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12191 2013-10-11T21:40:00Z 2013-10-11T21:45:06Z 3 Peruvian states join sub-national push for REDD+ An initiative that is developing a framework for REDD+ programs at state and provincial levels gained three more members last week. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12087 2013-09-17T01:14:00Z 2013-09-20T12:37:05Z Credits from first African government-backed REDD+ project go on sale <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar-2012/150/madagascar_masoala_0556.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Carbon credits generated from protecting thousands of hectares of endangered rainforest in northeastern Madagascar have now been certified for sale, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the project's main organizer. The development represents the first time that credits generated by African government-owned project have been put on the voluntary carbon market. Rhett Butler -15.42853 49.367645 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12071 2013-09-12T19:50:00Z 2015-02-11T23:39:27Z Indigenous people of Honduras granted one million hectares of rainforest One-hundred and fifty years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never fully respected--the government of Honduras has officially handed over nearly a million hectares (970,000 hectares) of tropical forest along the Caribbean Coast to the indigenous people. The Miskito are found along the eastern coast of both Honduras and Nicaragua and number around 200,000. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12048 2013-09-10T22:17:00Z 2013-09-10T23:13:24Z Amazon rainforest tribe sells REDD+ credits to Brazilian cosmetics giant The Paiter-Suruí, a rainforest tribe that in June became the first indigenous group to generate REDD+ credits under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), has now closed their first deal. As reported by Ecosystem Marketplace, Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura Cosméticos has purchased 120,000 tons of carbon offsets from the the Surui Forest Carbon Project in Rondônia, Brazil. Rhett Butler -3.381824 -57.619171 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12032 2013-09-07T22:09:00Z 2013-09-08T00:33:05Z Indonesia finally establishes REDD+ agency to tackle deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/deforestation-indonesia-brazil-percent-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia has finally established an agency to implement the country's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program. The REDD+ agency, established by a decree from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday, is a ministry-level body that will coordinate a national REDD+ strategy between various ministries that influence and control land use policy across the sprawling archipelago. Rhett Butler -0.789274 113.921646 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11984 2013-09-01T20:09:00Z 2013-09-01T20:18:01Z $450/ha tax on deforestation could help curb forest loss in Bolivia, suggests new simulation Levying a $450 per hectare tax on deforested lands could help curb forest clearing in Bolivia, suggests a new game-based simulation developed by researchers. Rhett Butler -17.111922 -60.716143 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11950 2013-08-22T18:54:00Z 2013-08-22T21:59:42Z UN REDD program failing to build capacity for indigenous people in Panama The U.N.'s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (UN-REDD) program may be faltering in Panama due to its failure to build capacity for indigenous people who should play a central role in the initiative, argue researchers writing in the journal <i>Nature</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11927 2013-08-16T17:10:00Z 2013-08-23T13:34:06Z Ecuador shelves big idea for saving the Amazon The fate of the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth has been decided: it will be drilled for oil. Rhett Butler -1.142502 -75.811586 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11806 2013-07-22T21:18:00Z 2013-07-22T21:51:24Z Researchers produce the most accurate carbon map for an entire country <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0722-panama-carbon-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers working in Panama have produced the most accurate carbon map for an entire country. Using satellite imagery and extremely high-resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data from airplane-based sensors, a team led by Greg Asner produced a detailed carbon map across the Central American country's forests. The map reveals variations in forest carbon density resulting from elevation, slope, climate, vegetation type, and canopy coverage. Rhett Butler 9.170568 -79.746033 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11804 2013-07-22T19:23:00Z 2013-07-22T21:17:55Z California's next innovation: performance-based rainforest conservation (Commentary) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1413.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Californians are known as innovation leaders, and once again, we are on the verge of demonstrating critical leadership. Only this time it isn’t about the Internet, social networking, reality television, venture capital or electric cars. It is about stopping tropical deforestation and supporting local communities. 'What!?' you say? How is the great state of California, home of bankrupt and massive, thirsty desert cities and Silicon Valley, a place that elected such juggernauts of history as Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, about to lead in avoiding tropical deforestation? Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11800 2013-07-22T05:47:00Z 2013-07-23T05:31:08Z Deforestation rate falls in Congo Basin countries <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0722-africa-rainforest-map-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation has fallen in Congo Basin countries over the past decade despite a sharp increase in the rate of forest clearing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a new study published in the <i>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B</i> as part of a set of 18 papers</a> on the region's tropical forests. The special issue, which was put together by Oxford University's Yadvinder Malhi, covers a range of issues relating to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, including deforestation, the impacts of global change, the history and key characteristics of the region's forests, and resource extraction, among others. Rhett Butler -4.171115 20.823212 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11793 2013-07-19T05:54:00Z 2013-07-19T13:50:49Z Developer of Indonesia's first REDD+ project confirms status of forest conservation initiative Infinite Earth, the developer behind Indonesia's first approved REDD+ project, has refuted an NGO's claims that the project has not been approved by the Indonesian government. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11789 2013-07-19T00:18:00Z 2013-07-19T01:54:04Z Panel lays out best practices for REDD+ credits in California's carbon market A panel of scientific experts has released a final report outlining how carbon credits generated from tropical forest conservation could be used under California's cap-and-trade system while minimizing risks to forest-dependent communities and wildlife. Rhett Butler 38.581251 -121.492752 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11784 2013-07-17T21:04:00Z 2013-07-18T16:52:58Z 80% of rainforests in Malaysian Borneo logged <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0717FigureS2_PLOS1150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>80 percent of the rainforests in Malaysian Borneo have been heavily impacted by logging, finds a comprehensive study that offers the first assessment of the spread of industrial logging and logging roads across areas that were considered some of Earth's wildest lands less than 30 years ago. The research, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Tasmania, University of Papua New Guinea, and the Carnegie Institution for Science, is based on analysis of satellite data using Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite), a freely available platform for measuring deforestation and forest degradation. It estimated the state of the region's forests as of 2009. Rhett Butler 1.804206 114.595213 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11780 2013-07-17T04:54:00Z 2013-07-17T05:22:00Z Billions lost to corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia-java/150/java_0884.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Corruption and mismanagement in Indonesia’s forest sector have cost the government billions of dollars in losses in recent years, including over $7 billion in losses from 2007-2011, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday. The report also blasted the country’s 'green growth' strategy, saying that despite recent reforms, Indonesia’s forestry policies as they are implemented today continue to allow widespread forest clearing and threaten the rights and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. Rhett Butler -4.19029 105.342193 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11711 2013-07-03T13:16:00Z 2013-07-05T17:15:07Z Australia terminates landmark REDD+ project in Borneo Australia is ending its major forest restoration project in Indonesian Borneo, reports the <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i>. Rhett Butler -1.872835 114.408646 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11650 2013-06-26T15:09:00Z 2013-07-05T17:11:26Z Smoke over Sumatra: Why Indonesia's fires are a global concern During the smoky season, or 'musim kabut' as it is called in Indonesia, skeletons of leaves fall from the sky and disintegrate like melting snowflakes in children’s hands. Rhett Butler 0.126343 101.079254 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11641 2013-06-25T14:15:00Z 2013-06-25T14:29:14Z Why Panama's indigenous pulled out of the UN's REDD program This week in Lombok, Indonesia, the Policy Board of the United Nations climate change program known as UNREDD is addressing the first major test of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the United Nations, which recognizes the right of Indigenous People to stop projects in their territories that could endanger their traditions and livelihoods. The National Coordinating Body of the Indigenous People of Panama pulled out of UNREDD’s national program in February and have called on the United Nations to close the program. Rhett Butler 9.411129 -79.003544 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11608 2013-06-13T23:42:00Z 2013-06-18T13:03:58Z Peru opens deforestation data to the public, shows drop in Amazon forest clearing Peru has made its comprehensive deforestation data available to the public. Rhett Butler -8.494105 -74.402847 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11533 2013-05-30T23:42:00Z 2013-06-10T02:15:19Z Indonesia's first REDD project finally approved Rimba Raya, the world's largest REDD+ project, has finally been approved by the Indonesian government and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), a leading certification standard for carbon credits. Rhett Butler -3.099721 112.033911 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11532 2013-05-30T22:48:00Z 2013-06-10T02:15:29Z Indigenous carbon conservation project gets verification, will start generating credits An effort by an Amazonian tribe to protect their rainforest home against encroachment and illegal logging has finally been validated and verified under a leading carbon accounting standard, enabling it to begin selling carbon credits. Rhett Butler -11.092166 -61.206665 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11531 2013-05-30T22:34:00Z 2013-05-30T22:48:07Z Market for REDD+ carbon credits declines 8% in 2012 The market for carbon credits generated from projects that reduce deforestation and forest degradation &#8212; a climate change mitigation approach known as REDD+ &#8212; dipped eight percent in 2012 according to an annual assessment of the global voluntary carbon market. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11448 2013-05-17T18:41:00Z 2013-05-18T04:43:22Z Indigenous association to sue to shut down Panama's REDD+ program Panama's largest association of indigenous people will sue the Panamanian government to shut down the country's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program. Rhett Butler 8.97461 -79.536896 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11442 2013-05-16T03:33:00Z 2013-05-16T04:00:10Z Analysis: Indonesia renews moratorium on logging, palm plantations Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made a bold and courageous decision this week to extend the country’s forest moratorium. With this decision, which aims to prevent new clearing of primary forests and peat lands for another two years, the government could help protect valuable forests and drive sustainable development. Rhett Butler -6.556668 106.756525 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11434 2013-05-15T04:56:00Z 2013-05-18T03:32:06Z Indonesia officially extends forestry moratorium The Indonesian government has officially extended its moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions in 65 million hectares of forests and peatlands for another two years. The move, which had been expected, was announced Wednesday by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Rhett Butler -6.225204 106.841354 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11400 2013-05-09T21:07:00Z 2013-05-10T00:55:08Z Microsoft puts price on carbon, buys credits from forest conservation project Microsoft is 'offsetting' some of its greenhouse gas emissions by buying credits generated by a forest conservation project in Kenya. Rhett Butler