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…

Humans and Trees

How many trees are there for each person on the Planet?

A RECENT report by an international team of scientists contained the most detailed assessment yet of the number of trees on the planet.

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New threat to Britain’s Ash Trees

As if British ash trees did not have enough to contend with, they are now threatened by a wood-boring beetle from Asia which experts fear could be even more devastating than ash dieback. The emerald ash borer, which can kill trees in two to three years, is spreading fast through North America and Russia.  The…

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 announces new Africa Drylands Programme projects

We are delighted to announce that we have selected four projects in three countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal – to receive grants under the latest round of ITF’s Africa Drylands Programme (ADP).

ADP provides funding to support small organisations that may have little experience in securing funding, for projects to support natural resource management and improve nutrition, food security and local livelihoods, in some of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world – the arid and semi-arid lands around the Sahara Desert.

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Elm trees return to English countryside

The majestic elm tree, once a quintessential part of the British countryside, is beginning to make a comeback thanks to a new project supported by ITF. Elm trees were all but wiped out by Dutch elm disease in the 1960s and 1970s. Now ITF partner the Conservation Foundation is planting saplings in Sussex propagated from…