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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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Forests Rescue Plan Riddled with Uncertainties

Posted on 23 November 2010 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 23, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Deforestation rates have slowed in Brazil and elsewhere in expectation of a windfall of green gold from billions of dollars of carbon credits being mobilised for climate protection, some experts believe. Continue Reading

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Summit Host CancĂșn No Model for Climate Change

Posted on 09 November 2010 by admin

Aerial view of the Moon Palace hotel, to host COP16, where an aero generator is to be installed without an environmental impact study. Credit:Courtesy of Mexican Centre for Environmental Law (CEMDA).

By Emilio Godoy*

MEXICO CITY, Nov 9, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – The beauty of the Mexican Caribbean resort city of CancĂșn may have been one reason for choosing it to host the upcoming global summit on climate change. But CancĂșn has little to recommend it as a model for adapting to the challenges posed by climate change.
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MALAWI: Un herboriste adhÚre à la lutte contre la déforestation

Posted on 02 November 2010 by admin

Unsustainable use of forests is a problem across the Southern Africa region. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS.

Collins Mtika

MZUZU, Malawi, 2 nov (IPS/TerraViva) – Des dĂ©cennies de culture itinĂ©rante par les agriculteurs ruraux ont menacĂ© les forĂȘts dans le district de Karonga, dans le nord du Malawi. La perte du couvert forestier a Ă©galement menacĂ© les moyens de subsistance de Benjamin Kalowekamo, un herboriste qui dĂ©pend des plantes locales pour prĂ©parer ses dĂ©coctions servant Ă  guĂ©rir des maladies.
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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 MejĂ­a/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/IPSThe expansion of pineapple cultivation to the north of the capital San JosĂ© has put pressure on forests in Costa Rica. There are pineapple plantations and a packing plant right behind the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
In 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/IPSOlga 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/IPS

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