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Orangutans threatened by forest fire, deforestation in Borneo

On a typical day, veterinarians of International Animal Rescue (IAR) make their way through choking smoke, weighed down with medical supplies, a safety net, animal carrier and face masks. They are called out almost daily to rescue orangutans and other animals trapped by forest fires and attend to their medical needs. The forest had been burning for five days and ...

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Vicious circle of drought, forest loss in the Amazon

Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest loss would increase even more, an international team of scientists finds. If however there is a great variety of tree species in a forest patch, according ...

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Proposed wood source for Indonesian mill sparks conflict

A potential wood supplier for one of the world’s largest pulp and paper mills does not have the consent of local communities A joint investigation report released on Wednesday, March 8 2017 by Indonesian NGOs titled “Local Communities Reject PT. Bangun Rimba Sejahtera, Potential Supplier to APP’s OKI Mill”, details the opposition of local communities to the development of industrial ...

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The long, winding, super-controversial superhighway

The controversy surrounding the 260 km Superhighway proposed by the Cross River State government (CRSG) of Nigeria will not go away. Notably, the bulldozing of forests, farmlands and sundry properties commenced last year without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Curiously, the government issued an edict dispossessing individuals and communities of lands lying within an incredible 10 km width on ...

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Charcoal: To use, or not to use?

The rise in prices of cooking gas and kerosene is creating a demand for charcoal, whose price is likewise escalating – a development that translates to an increase in the felling of trees, a raw material for charcoal. The negativity in the use of charcoal surmounts the temporal alternative it serves in cooking. Felling of trees for production of charcoal ...

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Firm defeats activists in Uganda deforestation suit

The High Court of Uganda has cleared Bidco Africa Limited against claims of deforestation in the Vegetable Oil Development Programme in Kalangala district. Bidco is a manufacturer of edible oils, fats and hygiene care products. Established in 1985 the company has manufacturing units in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar and a footprint in 16 African countries. The public interest case filed ...

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Abuja, Calabar validation forums set stage for fresh REDD+ phase

Two separate validation workshops held recently within two weeks in Abuja, the federal capital city, and Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, have set the stage for a somewhat vital next-phase for the UN-REDD Programme in Nigeria. While the Abuja forum entailed a national authentication of the draft REDD+ document, the Calabar workshop focused essentially on state-related issues, ...

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African restoration commitments push Bonn Challenge beyond 100m hectares

Ministers from Guinea, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana have voiced their commitments to restore 11.5 million hectares of degraded forests at a high-level roundtable in Kigali, Rwanda. The “Africa High-Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable” was convened by the Government of Rwanda, the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to build regional ...

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DRC cancels logging concessions, Greenpeace applauds cautiously

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced the cancellation of logging concessions observers feel were illegally granted. Environment watchdog, Greenpeace, believes that its report on 12th July about several breaches of the DRC moratorium on allocation of new logging concessions influenced the government decision. Robert Bopolo Bogeza, DRC’s Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, announced in the ...

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Poland to evaluate impacts of felling in Bialowieza Forest

The World Heritage Committee has requested Poland to submit, by February 2017, an evaluation of impacts of forest management within Bialowieza Forest, known for its undisturbed ecological processes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) noted on Thursday at UNESCO’s annual meeting of the Committee that a new conservation plan is urgently needed, following an advisory mission to the ...

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