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Forest cover at Tesso Nilo, Indonesia, decreased by 65% between 2000 and 2012 (Photo: A C Shapiro)

An area the size of Scotland lost from the world’s most important sites for nature

Fri, 05/02/2016 - 00:01

In a pioneering study, scientists from the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and BirdLife International have analysed satellite imagery to measure forest loss remotely across the global network of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

Worldwide Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) - Middle East

Woodfuel is a multi-billion dollar business in Sub-Saharan Africa  © A. Schenk

A burning issue: woodfuel, public health, land degradation and conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mon, 25/01/2016 - 13:17

Wood is a key source of energy that has been used for millennia for cooking, boiling water, lighting and heating. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 90% of the population relies on woodfuel. In November 2015, Dr. Mary Njenga, a scientist in bioenergy from the World Agroforestry Centre, held a presentation on the subject at the BirdLife Africa Secretariat in Nairobi, outlining the issues related to the use of woodfuel and viable local solutions.

Africa

SAVE Brasil calls upon the President to veto 'retrograde' changes to forest law

Fri, 27/05/2011 - 12:20

Reforms to Brazil's forest code will significantly increase deforestation.

Worldwide

Agreement close on REDD+ at Cancún

Fri, 10/12/2010 - 21:44

An agreement on REDD+ is close at climate talks in Cancún. This which would provide a mechanism for delivering financial incentives to developing countries to conserve and restore their forests.

Worldwide

Rubber plantations are erasing Thailand's lowland forest

Fri, 23/07/2010 - 14:09

“Rubber plantations are like a creeping cancer for biodiversity-a sterile green blanket that holds almost no food for either insectivorous or fruit-eating birds. Expansion of rubber plantations will further exacerbate the ongoing decline in wild bird populations”

Asia