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World Religious, Indigenous Leaders Join in Launch of Global Initiative to End Deforestation

Religious and indigenous leaders from around the world gathered in Oslo, Norway June 19-21 to draw international attention to the growing threats and costs posed by ongoing tropical rainforest deforestation and take initial steps to stem the tide. Buddhist, Christian, Daoist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders were joined by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway in launching the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which was deemed an “unprecedented initiative” to end deforestation and protect our world’s tropical rain forests.

Better policy and monitoring is key to managing global deforestation

Managing Deforestation Through Policy and Monitoring

When combined with the right policies, new monitoring capabilities may significantly enhance our capacity to manage forests. As an homage to the International Day of Forests on March 21, here is a review of forest management policy recommendations and new global monitoring solutions. After a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2012, the International Day of Forests was observed for…

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Forest Carbon Emissions Decline With Reduced Deforestation

The first decade of the 21st century has seen a decrease in global deforestation, bringing with it a reduction in forest carbon emissions. According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for the first time on record a declining rate of deforestation, combined with the planting of new forests and natural regeneration,…

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UN’s State Of The World’s Forests Reveals Deforestation Is Speeding Up

The United Nation’s latest report on the state of the world’s forests shows an alarming increase in the rate of deforestation. Much of this is due to a rise in palm oil plantations used to make biofuels. An economic alternative must be found to protect the world’s forests and the biodiversity and other vital environmental services these ecosystems provide.