A traditional and long-held view holds that the best way to conserve forests is to lock them away in protected areas. However, the results of a new study have added to a growing challenge of this approach suggesting that tropical forests designated as strictly protected areas have annual deforestation rates much higher than those managed by local communities.
Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world and this sustained tree loss has resulted in severe desertification. This loss of fertile land has worrying implications for the livelihoods of people living in these districts but there is also hope that the trend can be reversed after women in northwest Ghana have successfully regenerated about 1,000 acres of barren land for agriculture and other purposes.
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Forests soak up one-third of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere each year via burning fossil fuels — roughly 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a benchmark study has found.
A new study has revealed that genetically identical forest trees raised in different environments react differently when exposed to drought conditions.
As part of their Royal tour within Canada, Prince William and Kate Milddleton have planted a Eastern Hemlock to commemorate their recent marriage. The tree was planted at Rideau Hall, the home of Canada’s Governor-general in a ceremony that has become traditional for visiting royals.
On the 2nd July 2011 the UN celebrates the 17th International Day of Cooperatives (UNIDC).
The aim of this day of observance is to increase awareness on cooperatives and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.
ITF have received a very positive annual report from the Cluny Wildlife Trust who are managing the Improvement of Livelihoods of Rural People project on Likoma Island in Malawi.
The Rural Community Forestry Project has submitted a very encouraging interim report. The initiative is managed by Our Lady of Mercy Community Services based in Accra, Ghana and aims to plant 1000 mango trees in community orchards and provide training to local people on planting and cultivation of the trees.
The Independent Panel on Forestry was established on 17 March 2011 by the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, to advise government on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England and on the role of the Forestry Commission in implementing policy.