The politics of peat and fire

On a recent visit to Riau, a province on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, Indonesian President Joko Widodo surveyed the damage from this year’s peat and forest fires and the resulting haze that has blanketed parts of Southeast Asia. As in previous years, the haze from the burning peat has triggered health concerns and cross-border tensions…

The race to save rosewood

Africa – Long hidden in the shadows of informal trade, an African tree species known locally as mukula is now under an international spotlight. A decision by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to include Pterocarpus tinctorius in its Appendix II list of species will make it…

Scientists on Indonesia’s polluting haze

While the eyes of the world have been fixed in horror on the Amazonian forest fires, the rainforests of Indonesia on the other side of the planet are now also in flames. In the first eight months of 2019, over 300,000 hectares of land were burned by fire, and the past week has seen a…

¿Por qué es importante conservar los bosques periurbanos?

Por Ana Belén Hurtado-M, Juan Camilo Muñoz-Camacho, María Ángela Echeverry-Galvis y Natalia Norden. Colaboración del Programa Bosques Andinos. Nota del editor: Todos los puntos de vista aquí vertidos son responsabilidad de los autores y no representan las del Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional. ************************************************************************** Los ecosistemas tropicales resguardan una inmensa biodiversidad, lo cual representa…

Enraciner le développement durable dans l’industrie forestière

Située sur la route cahoteuse qui relie le vétuste aéroport international de Bangoka et la ville de Kisangani en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), la scierie de la Compagnie forestière et de transformation (CFT) est un exemple de changement positif. Une visite aux installations de cette société d’exploitation forestière révèle une entreprise engagée vers la durabilité…