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Forest conservation is key to battling wildfire in a warming world

Florida Wildfires Highlight Benefits of Prescribed Burns, Conservation Measures

More than 2,100 wildfires are burning across some 170,000 acres in Florida. A rain deficit of 12 inches and above-normal temperatures throughout the state are the main culprits, and the National Weather Service doesn’t see much in the way of relief, even if the rainy season starts soon, the US Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) highlights in a news report.

Haiti “For Profit” Sustainable Agroforesty Program Bears New Fruit in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Having achieved an initial goal of engaging local smallholder farming communities in planting 5 million trees, Haiti’s Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Timberland continue down an extraordinary path that’s helping smallholder farmers in southwest Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew and promoting revivial of smallholder farm cotton production in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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A Study in Contrasts: Honey Bees and Mega Malls in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Forest has finally begun to reclaim land at the $200mm Dragon Mart mega-mall proect site in the Riviera Maya, while the local chapter of Mexico’s beekeeper association expects a bumper honey harvest this year,

Latest Projections of Regional Sea Level Rise Emphasize Need for Ongoing Research, Adaptation Planning

Sea level rise along all U.S. coasts barring Alaska is projected to be higher than the global average in the three worst-case scenarios — 0.3-1 meter or more come 2100 — according to the latest projections from a public-private climate research partnership led by NOAA

Mangroves for the Future, FAO Launch Regional Sustainable Financing Project

With field projects under way in South and Southeast Asia, the MFF-FAO program aims to develop a low-cost mechanism for mangrove conservation and sustainable development to supplement the sale of carbon credits.

Conserving biodiversity

Nations Accelerate Plans to Realize UN Biodiversity Conservation Goals

Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?

Timberland Study Leads to Plans to Revive Haitian Smallholder Cotton Farming, Export

Building on the success of an innovative and successful for-profit agroforestry development project in Haiti, Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance have joined forces and undertaken efforts that may revive cotton farming and export, once Haiti’s fourth largest agricultural export.