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Southeast Asia has more than 27 million hectares of forest
ed peatland, and peat releases devastating amounts of methane and carbon when drained or burned. Approximately 80% of the world's peatland is in Indonesia, and much of it is slated to be ...
Watch, a new, free online monitoring and alert system for forest
management, was launched Thursday by more than 40 organizations, including the World Resources Institute, Google and the UN Environment Programme.
The mapping ...
fires that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate
scientists -- and experts and activists ...
The recent appointment of a new head for Indonesia's fledgling REDD
+ Agency, tasked with reducing climate
-changing emissions from deforestation, is expected to accelerate tree planting and other efforts to protect forest
s in the Southeast Asian ...
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 ...
Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest
loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is ...
Almost eight years after the idea was first mooted, climate
change negotiators have thrashed out an agreement of a deal to channelise funds – necessarily for developing countries – to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and ...
Indonesia expressed mixed reactions following the conclusion of the Climate
Change talks in Warsaw, Poland which reached a consensus on the commitment to a global climate
change adaptation program.
“With the conclusion we can hope that ...
The global convergence Reclaim Power, along with the No REDD
in Africa Network, have named this week a week of action against false solutions. We offer this blog post as a contribution to that effort.In the landscape of global ...
Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatlands are deforested and converted to oil palm
and paper plantations. No longer a carbon sink, Indonesia’s peatlands are now a globally ...
The plantations spreading over Sumatra aren't spreading onto empty land; poor rural villages often get swept up in big decisions made in Jakarta for Indonesia's forest
s. Mitra Taj reports from Teluk Kabung, where the arrival of the pulpwood ...
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 Philosophical Transactions of the ...
Deforestation is one of the strongest causes of the rise in global carbon emissions. The loss of forest
, which occurs most in the tropics, releases carbon stored in biomass and soil into the atmosphere. Between 1970 and 2010 almost one-fifth of ...
My guest this week is Frances Seymour, our newest senior fellow at the Center and one of the world's top authorities on the complex issues at the intersection of tropical forest
s, development and climate
change. Before joining CGD, Frances was ...
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.
Historically, Indonesia’s smoky season has peaked at the end of ...
Record-high air pollution hit Singapore and Malaysia this week, as winds blew smoke northward from forest
fires raging in Sumatra, western Indonesia. Demands from the city-state that Indonesia take tougher action prompted retorts by officials who ...
The launch of the largest project in the world to preserve forest
carbon under the UN REDD
+ scheme could help attract funding for similar projects, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) expert.
REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from ...
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.
The 64,000-hectare forest
At a national workshop on Indonesia’s moratorium hosted by the United Nations earlier this month, noted Indonesian ecologist Sonya Dewi likened the moratorium to a durian. She spoke of its polarizing effect. People either love it or hate it. ...
A few weeks ago the Skoll World Forum hosted an online debate on how increased global consumption can be balanced with sustainability. The debate asks how a rapidly growing world that is ever consuming can hope to feed everyone, and at the same ...
At least US$7.3 billion has been pledged for REDD
+ over the period from 2008 to 2015, with $4.3 billion pledged for REDD
+ readiness during the fast-start period alone (2010-2012). In addition to these funds, private investors, private ...
In Indonesia, the name for the island of Borneo is Kalimantan. It is the third largest island in the world, renowned for its lush tropical rainforests, one of only two strongholds for the intelligent, endangered orangutan.
Biofuel refinery in new industrial zone in Tapachula, an exporting city on the coast of Chiapas. With plans for expansion, there is a coffee plant to its left and an oil
refinery being built on its right. Mexico is currently laying the foundation ...
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world's tropical forest
s. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012.
There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were ...