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Non-Wood Forest Wealth 2.7 Times Greater than Previously Estimated

A team of researchers from the World Bank, Resources for the Future, Applied Geosolutions and others have released three working papers that set out wealth valuation methodologies spanning all the commercial wood, non-wood and ecosystems services forests provide and incorporated them in a global sustainable forest management database.

Yosemite: the jewel of the national park system

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces $95 Million in Land and Water Conservation Fund Projects

The news comes during National Park Week (April 16-24) and as Secretary Jewell prepares to deliver a major speech on the Obama Administration’s approach to conservation and the need for a change in course in order to assure the health and integrity of public lands, water and wildlife.

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Oxford Examines Africa Mobile Payments and Sustainable Water Finance

Leveraging the popularity of simple, text message-based mobile payments and wireless POS terminals could make it easier for water utilities in Africa to obtain sustainable finance to expand and improve water infrastructure and services, according to a new study from Oxford University.

World Wildlife Day: The Future of Our Wild Heritage is in our Hands

World Wildlife Day: Building the Ark for the Future of Our Wild Heritage

The future of wildlife is in our hands – The UN named March 3 as World Wildlife Day at its 68th General Assembly on December 20, 2013. The designation aimed to coincide with adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) on March 3, 1973. CITES is an international agreement regulating the commercial trade in wild plant…

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Mimicking Nature, Suriname Permeable Dam Project Prevents Coastal Erosion

A Suriname university professor and students are building permeable dams along the Surinam coast, reclaiming land and facilitating mangrove reforestation that protects coastal areas and communities from erosion.

Hurricane Patrick fueled by unprecedented warm waters in the Pacific

Western U.S. Braces for Onset of El Niño Storms

This year’s strong El Niño is wreaking havoc around the world, including in the U.S., where Californians are bracing for the onset of a series of expected storms.

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Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Ground Zero for Sustainable Development

Acknowledging the broad-based value Quintana Roo’s diminishing forests afford society, state Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced a 15-year strategic plan to restore 700,000 hectares (1,729,000 acres) of forest. With ongoing expansion of the tourism-driven Maya Riviera economy, prospects for success hinge on the ability to reconcile tensions and conflicts of interest inherent to notions of sustainable development.