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Debate por nuevo acuerdo contra deforestación al rojo vivo

Posted on 03 December 2010 by admin

La hotelería de Cancún eliminó manglares costeros. Crédito: Diana Cariboni/IPS

Por Emilio Godoy*

CANCÚN, 2 dic (IPS/TerraViva) – Un posible convenio internacional sobre Reducción de Emisiones Provocadas por la Deforestación y la Degradación de los Bosques (REDD), que surgiría de la COP 16, provoca descontento en un nutrido grupo de organizaciones sociales. Continue Reading

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OUGANDA: Le fonds carbone pourrait ne pas profiter aux communautés forestières

Posted on 02 December 2010 by admin

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons

Par Rosebell Kagumire*

KAMPALA, 2 déc (IPS/TerraViva) – L’Ouganda a perdu plus de deux millions d’hectares de forêt depuis 1990; la plus grande partie a été convertie en terre agricole par une population croissante de petits producteurs. Le fonds carbone, à travers le programme REDD, est souvent présenté comme un moyen d’arrêter cette destruction, mais seulement à condition que les avantages aillent réellement à la base. Continue Reading

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Food Versus Biofuels Debate Continues in Africa

Posted on 01 December 2010 by admin

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

MBABANE, Dec 1, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – “We’re going to Cancun no better off than we were in Copenhagen,” said Thuli Makama, the director of Friends of the Earth Swaziland, as she prepared to leave for the climate negotiations in Mexico. Continue Reading

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UGANDA: Carbon Finance May Not Benefit Forest Communities

Posted on 30 November 2010 by admin

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons/

By Rosebell Kagumire*

KAMPALA, Nov 30, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots. Continue Reading

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Ártico: Fuente potencial de conflictos

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Maurice Strong

Por Maurice Strong *

BEIJING, 29 nov (IPS/TerraViva) – Como el Ártico se convirtió en preocupación de la opinión pública mundial recientemente, nos falta mucho para comprender la verdadera naturaleza y la magnitud de los cambios que están afectando al Ártico. Continue Reading

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Joyas naturales se fugan de Chile

Posted on 24 November 2010 by admin

Garra de león, Leontochir ovallei, flor nativa del desierto de Atacama y comerciada en el exterior.  Crédito: Cortesía INIA

Garra de león, Leontochir ovallei, flor nativa del desierto de Atacama y comerciada en el exterior. Crédito: Cortesía INIA

Por Daniela Estrada

SANTIAGO, nov (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – Cactus, flores, arbustos y un sinnúmero de otros organismos genéticos salen cada día de Chile para ser estudiados, mejorados, patentados y comercializados. A falta de regulación, el país sólo los mira pasar. Continue Reading

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Cracks in Costa Rica’s Green Image

Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

A cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit:Germán Miranda/IPS.

By Daniel Zueras*

SAN JOSÉ, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – For many, Costa Rica embodies the notion of a country committed to taking care of its natural environment. But Costa Rican activists beg to differ, and have a list of the actions that contradict the country’s green “for-export” image.
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CHINA: Great Green Wall Rises, But Questions Remain

Posted on 23 September 2010 by admin

By Mitch Moxley *

BEIJING, Sep 23, 2010 (IPS/TerraVIva) – Dubbed “The Great Green Wall,” a human-made ecological barrier designed to stop rapidly encroaching deserts and combat climate change is coming up across China. By 2050, the artificial forest is to stretch 400 million hectares – covering more than 42 percent of China’s landmass. Continue Reading

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Indian activist Suryamani Kumari Bhagat has been fighting state officials in the eastern state of Jharkhand to protect tribal people’s forest rights. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSCarolina Baiza, coordinator of environmental projects at the Eco Hotel Árbol de Fuego, standing on the roof of the family business in San Salvador, in front of the hotel’s solar water heaters.  Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPSStudents from Kisule Primary School in Kampala at the International Climate Change Conference for Children (ICCCC)Shea Picture
Trucks transport logs out of Riau, Sumatra, which has the highest deforestation rate in Indonesia. Credit: Sandra Siagian/IPSJosé María Arévalo, Héctor Berríos and Juan Hernán Molina (left to right), on the bank of the Titihuapa river, are three inhabitants of the Salvadoran town of Llano de La Hacienda, who are fighting against the El Dorado mine. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPSHawaii is home to many of the world's rarest plants and animals, recognised globally as a 'biodiversity hotspot.' The IUCN announced that Hawaii will host the 2016 World Conservation Congress, the first time the global conference will gather in the UnitedThe high level of pollution in the Rocha river, which runs across the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba, is clearly visible during the dry season. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS

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