Global climate action is nothing without local backing

Global climate negotiations take place on the international stage, bolstered by countries’ national policies. But preventing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and other land-use changes requires work at the local level. For those efforts to be effective, it is important to understand who is involved at each level and in every sector, and how they…

Peatlands for today and tomorrow

Peatlands are increasingly playing a bigger role in forest conservation thanks to their extraordinary proficiency at carbon sequestration. In November Forests News reported that the ‘bogs’ had finally been given the spotlight. The newly established International Tropical Peatlands Center (ITPC) is set to open its doors in 2019, to bring ‘researchers, governments, civil society and…

El reconocimiento de los territorios indígenas como estrategia REDD+: un ejemplo desde la Amazonía peruana

Peru – Un reciente reporte de  Rights and Resources  brinda evidencia convincente sobre la importancia del reconocimiento y protección de los derechos indígenas para mitigar las emisiones producidas por la deforestación y reducir el calentamiento global. Como estudiante de doctorado a cargo de la coordinación de la tercera ronda de recolección de información del Estudio…

Your top 6 stories of 2018

In 2018, Forest News covered some of the year’s most controversial environmental issues, with science at the heart of our reporting. The year began with an EU rethink on bioenergy, proceeded with a deep dig on oil palm plantations, catapulted to a clarion call on climate change (yes, that IPCC report), and ended on the…

Seis recomendaciones para avanzar en la gestión sostenible de las turberas de aguajales de Perú

Peru – Las turberas, un tipo particular de humedal, son ecosistemas de gran relevancia mundial pues constituyen grandes reservorios de carbono, proveen importantes servicios ecosistémicos y albergan gran biodiversidad local. Esto las convierte en pieza clave frente al cambio climático y por ello es urgente avanzar hacia su gestión sostenible. En el Perú, una de…

“Evaluation must be done”

Scientists attending the U.N. Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, discussed potential solutions to slow global warming and stay below targets laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Since 2005, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) has been part of the negotiations, given the…