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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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Waves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIn Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
Olga Vargas next to the greenhouse with which the Quebrada Grande de Pital Women’s Association began to revitalise its sustainable business, whose priority is reforestation. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIsabel Michi carefully tends seedlings in the greenhouse on her small organic farm in the settlement of Mutirão Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Fabíola Ortiz/IPSVegetation is beginning to cover the dunes separating the sea from the mouth of the  Aguán river. Thanks to the recovery of the dunes, the town is more protected from the wind, and less vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSThe mural of scraps of plastic and other recyclable materials made on the community centre wall by the people of Santa Rosa de Aguán to celebrate their way of life and the beauty of Garífuna women, and remind the town of the need to mitigate climate chang

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