Scandal of Indonesian Forest Fires

Thousands of fires started deliberately so land can be used to grow Palm Oil The scale of forest fires spreading across Indonesia’s rainforests is now so great that they are being described as the worst manmade environmental disaster since the BP gulf oil spill. The fires are being started deliberately so the land can be…

Support for Smallholders needed to avoid catastrophic Food Shortages

SUPPORT is urgently needed for small-scale sustainable farming to tackle the twin challenges of increasing demand for food and climate change, according to a worrying new report by leading agriculture and global development experts.They warn that without decisive action there could be catastrophic consequences for millions of people across the African continent – including major food shortages, child malnutrition, increasing poverty and unplanned mass migration.

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UN report on the World’s Forests glosses over need for Radical Change

THE LATEST latest official report on the state of the world’s forests, launched at September’s World Forestry Congress in Durban, is surprisingly upbeat. According to the UN Global Forest Resource Assessment, the rate at which forests are being cleared has been halved over the past 25 years. This is based on figures showing net annual rate of forest loss has slowed down from 0.18 per cent in the early 1990s to 0.08 per cent in the period from 2010-15. It notes that an increasing amount of forest areas have come under protection while more countries are improving forest management.

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ITF’s Trees Journal published

The latest edition of Trees journal, ITF’s annual magazine, is published online today.

The magazine is packed with the latest news on our projects in Africa and the UK – including preparations for the launch of our centenary campaign – to plant 20 million trees in Kenya’s forests.

Featured articles include an investigation into what is possibly the most destructive industrial process in the world, Alberta’s tar sands industry, and an analysis of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals.

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