Pembangunan berkelanjutan industri kelapa sawit bisa memberi manfaat bagi Indonesia

Indonesia – Hujan yang ditunggu akhirnya datang di beberapa wilayah di Indonesia yang mengalami kebakaran hutan dan lahan. Hujan melepaskan kekhawatiran di lokasi yang sebelumnya diselimuti asap beracun. Seperti biasanya, pasca masa kebakaran berakhir, perhatian dunia lalu beralih pada industri kelapa sawit. Mempersiapkan lahan dengan membakar memang lebih murah dibanding cara-cara lain, menjadinnya sebagai metode…

Rupununi region in Guyana rides ecotourism wave

Tourism in Guyana’s southern Rupununi region has long been a small business aimed at foreign visitors. But growing demand for experiences that mix wildlife watching with cultural activities is creating opportunities of benefit to local communities. Now a purring economic engine, the industry not only creates jobs in rural villages where employment opportunities are scarce,…

Biocarburants : l’huile de palme dans nos moteurs, cauchemar des forêts

Cauchemar des forêts, mais rêve de Total : l’intégration d’huile de palme dans ce que le pétrolier appelle les “biocarburants” engendre une déforestation massive. En Indonésie, l’équivalent d’un terrain de football est massacré toutes les 25 secondes. Mais le jeu en vaut la chandelle pour Total, qui touche des subventions. Avec la bénédiction du gouvernement,…

Getting Ethiopia REDD+ ready

Ethiopia – Forest protection is not usually a huge money spinner. Logging, mining, clearing forests for grazing, or building a new city – these are ways trees are often turned into easy dollars. But rampant deforestation represents the largest share of the land use changes that are responsible for 13 percent of global greenhouse gas…

¿Se están secando los bosques templados de Sudamérica?

Por Álvaro Gutierrez, Universidad Austral de Chile y Programa Bosques Andinos. Un fenómeno global emergente que involucra una disminución del crecimiento y mayor mortalidad de árboles se observa hoy, y es atribuido al aumento de sequías y déficit hídrico en diferentes ecosistemas. Se espera que para el año 2100 las regiones mediterráneas-templadas sufran un aumento…

Karbon Biru harus ada dalam agenda iklim, ini alasannya

Karbon yang tersimpan dalam magrove dan lahan basah (dikenal sebagai karbon biru) makin berperan dalam diskusi mengenai anggaran emisi dunia. Meskipun begitu, masih banyak pertanyaan mengenai bagaimana lingkungan pesisir menyimpan dan melepas CO2 serta perilakunya dalam perubahan iklim. Sebuah penelitian terbaru yang dipublikasikan Nature Communications menelaah masa depan karbon biru, dan menggarisbawahi perlunya pemahaman lebih baik mengenai…

Trees and water: don’t underestimate the connection

Trees have extraordinary powers. They provide shade, cool the local climate, draw carbon dioxide from the air, and can repair and replicate themselves while running on little more than sunlight and rainwater (Pokorný 2018). They also contribute numerous goods and services like fruit, wood and soil improvement with a wide choice of species and varieties…

Sustainability can be an advantage for Indonesia

Indonesia – The long-awaited rains have finally arrived in parts of Indonesia devastated by forest and peatland fires, bringing relief to regions that had recently been blanketed in toxic smoke. As is often the case during bad fire years, the world’s attention turns to the palm oil industry. Preparing land by burning is cheaper than…