Study tracks global forest decline and expansion over six decades

Illegal sand and gold mining in West KalimantanSince 1960, the world has lost an area of forest larger than the island of Borneo, according to a recent study. That net loss of 817,000 square kilometers (315,000 square miles) of forest area, combined with the growth of the global population, means that there’s just half a hectare (1.2 acres) of forest for every […]

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Billions rely on wild species for food, energy and more: IPBES report

A Nepali honey collector.Some 50,000 wild species provide for many of the world’s people, according to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). But today, those critical services are threatened by the global biodiversity crisis, the authors found in their review of more than 6,200 sources. “The sustainable use of wild […]

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Young Indigenous leaders demand greater say in climate solutions at global youth strike

The 2022 Fridays for Future (FFF) International Meeting held in  Turin, Italy,  ended today with a climate strike. Among the demands for urgent climate action from young Indigenous leaders are calls for greater inclusion of Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) in climate solutions. Climate activist Greta Thunberg attended the meeting remotely, but said that […]

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A conservation failure in Sumatra serves a cautionary tale for PES schemes

A farmer in a village in the Kerinci region.The Kerinci Seblat landscape, a highly biodiverse rainforest in western Sumatra, is one of the Indonesian island’s crown jewels. Anchored by the 14,000-square-kilometer (5,405-square-mile) Kerinci Seblat National Park, its mountainous terrain is home to Sumatran tigers and elephants, more than 300 bird species, and the notoriously smelly corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum). Mount Kerinci, an active […]

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Mongabay’s new-look Reforestation.app makes finding the right tree-planting project easier

Employee from the MESCOT reforestation initiative showing a sapling in Sabah, MalaysiaReforestation initiatives are more popular than ever, with thousands of projects across the globe led by private companies, nonprofits, institutions, governments and communities. So how can an investor or donor decide what projects to support? What kinds of questions should be asked to assess tree-planting projects and ensure they deliver the results they promise? To […]

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