CIAT workshop means Latin America is ready for REDD

27 May, 2011 by (comments)

Latin American governments are now better prepared for the next round of climate change negotiations, following a REDD-related workshop at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia. The week-long event, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), UN-REDD and the World Bank, focused on ways to calculate the opportunity costs of land use change and deforestation. OverRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

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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“Anthropogenic cocktail” the real threat to biodiversity

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

If you’re interested in finding out how biodiversity is being affected by not only climate change but also other human-induced threats such as habitat destruction, deforestation, and over-harvesting, listen here to a radio interview with biodiversity expert and author Richard Pearson. Dr. Pearson says that nature has the ability to respond to a changing environment however these additional pressuresRead More …

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Deforestation ban could cost farmers billions

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

A complete ban on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean could cost farmers in the region more than US$12 billion over the next two decades, according to a new study from the Inter-American Development Bank. While a ban would play a key role in stabilising world greenhouse gas emissions, it would come at significant cost to smallholder farmersRead More …

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Forests in the spotlight in 2011

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Year of Forests 2011 was officially launched in New York this week, at a meeting of the UN’s Forum on Forests. The year aims to raise awareness of the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and as reported by Reuters Alertnet, it is “the first major international meeting on forests afterRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Interactive Amazon map could help protect rainforest

13 January, 2010 by (comments)

A new online tool for studying land-use in the Amazon could help decision makers and researchers design incentive-based approaches for managing the region’s ecosystem services. Developed by CIAT and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Amazon Initiative Interactive Map Server, is the first freely-available web-based application of its kind. By using satellite imagery and digital geographic information, it allowsRead More …

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Hi-tech tool reveals extent of deforestation

23 November, 2009 by (comments)

Shocking new statistics on natural habitat loss released by CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program have been picked up by the Colombian newspaper Semana. DAPA has been working on a system of near real-time monitoring of land cover across Latin America, using a new PARASID tool, jointly developed by CIAT and The Nature Conservancy, which combines satellite imageryRead More …

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