Terra-i snapshots #1: A quick tour of some deforestation hotspots… and at least one reason for optimism

8 May, 2013 by (comments)

Tucked away at the back of the one storey building that is CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, is a door marked E0-30. Inside is a warren of offices, one of which is the Terra-i nerve centre. Here programmers and GIS experts use images from satellites hundreds of kilometres above Earth to track deforestation in Latin America inRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Eye in the sky: Terra-i keeps track of deforestation

14 February, 2013 by (comments)

The recent launch of Terra-i, a near real-time deforestation monitoring system for Latin America, brings the hotspots of forest loss into sharp focus. Based on satellite information from NASA, Terra-i can zoom-in on the region’s forests to a resolution of 250m x 250m. It’s smart enough to distinguish between natural losses and those caused by human activity – andRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

A Clearer Picture of Farms and Forests at Rio+20

20 June, 2012 by (comments)

Though farms and forests are often described in terms of black and white, shades of grey would appear to be the more appropriate palette for depicting the complex links between these two sectors. Two events taking place this week alongside Rio+20 drove home that message. One was a science discussion panel on forests, energy, food, and income, which formedRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

Making REDD work – CIFOR story doesn’t dodge the difficult questions

1 August, 2011 by (comments)

If you remember the series of photos I shot in the Amazon back in April, you’ll probably be interested in this article – just published on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Green website. The pictures were to accompany a project by CIAT’s CGIAR sister center CIFOR (International Center for Forestry Research), to document the ongoing efforts to implement the conceptRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil gov set to crack down on illegal logging

24 May, 2011 by (comments)

Brazilian authorities are taking serious action on illegal deforestation in response to new satellite images showing an almost 30% spike in logging between August 2010 and April 2011, compared to the same period last year. The reports have shocked the government, according to The Guardian, as they follow a period of achieving the lowest levels of Amazonian deforestation ever.Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

254,863 Flickr hits – Thank you!

25 April, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s photo gallery on the picture sharing website Flickr has now received over a quarter-of-a-million hits. The landmark figure was reached last week, while I was deep in the Amazon Rainforest – one of the few places left in the world without wireless internet access, hence this slightly delayed post. At the time of writing, the CIAT gallery –Read More …

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Filed Under: Multimedia @en