Ten Central African countries agree to improve forest monitoring

A new regional initiative will help ten Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems, FAO announced today. The ten countries...

“No” to forestry in fynbos areas, says invasive species specialists

It may no longer make economic or environmental sense to pursue forestry endeavours using conifers in the Western Cape. If local plantations are to...

Tropical countries struggle to engage with REDD+

Most tropical developing countries are struggling to monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss, and will need international support to implement the UN REDD+ scheme,...

Brazil approves latest Forest Code

After two years of negotiations, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved the country's controversial 'Forest Code'. The legislationregulates land use and allows for the...

The countries of the Congo Basin are using geo-spatial technologies for the sustainable development...

The programme for the provision of SPOT images (satellites operated by Astrium), financed by the French Agency of Development (AFD) and implemented by IGN...

Value Ecosystems – Not Just Crops – When Managing Water Use, says UN Report

Recognising the valuable services provided by ecosystems such as wetlands and forests - and not only focusing on water productivity in agriculture - can...

Tanzania: Fighting Poverty With Butterflies

When one thinks of farming, butterflies are not the first commodity that comes to mind. But in Tanzania, this unlikely crop is cultivated to...

African Environment Day Renamed to Wangari Maathai Day

The 18th African Union Summit, which recently took place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, recognized Prof. Maathai as an outstanding personality and created...

Ghana: Forestry Sector Policy Review Underway

Ghana's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources is currently reviewing one of the sector's major policies the 1994 Forest and Wildlife Policy. The review has...

Road to Rio+20 – Fresh Opportunity to Scale-Up Sustainable Development?

2012 will mark some major milestones in the race to realize sustainable development as nations navigate the final laps on the Road to Rio+20. The...

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