News - Forests and Climate Change

Civil society calls for vote on drilling in Ecuador’s Yasuní Park

24th Aug 2013
The Ecuadorean government’s decision to allow oil drilling in the Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, has caused alarm among environmentalists and indigenous people, who are calling for a referendum on the issue. (Meléndez / IPS)

Straightening out accounts on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

20th Jun 2013
Between August 2011 and July 2012, 4,571 square kilometres in the Amazon were deforested – the lowest annual rate since the Institute of Space Research (INPE) began satellite monitoring in 1988, and 27 percent lower than in the previous 12-month period. (Frayssinet / IPS)

Addressing sustainability and justice in rural Indonesia

23rd May 2013
Indonesian Constitutional Court, responding to a petition from the National Alliance of Customary Communities (AMAN), declared unconstitutional provisions in the 1999 Forestry Law that denied the rights of customary communities (adat) to their land and forests. (Jakarta Post)

Cutting trees, not traditions

21st May 2013
The demand for sustainable timber is colliding with the needs of Central Java farmers (Lagaida / Inside Indonesia)

Indonesia’s tropical forests set to benefit from further clearing ban

10th May 2013
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expected to sign extended deal to help restore habitat of tigers and orangutans. (The Guardian)

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