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Deforestation

We have 20 items tagged with ‘Deforestation’.
  • Cutting down trees, especially for livestock grazing, can lead to soil erosion, as seen on this hillside outside Addis Ababa (Photo: Aaron Minnick/World Resources Institute, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Shaping the future of forest and farm landscapes in Africa

    As part of a new interdisciplinary partnership, IIED will be working with sector experts, scientists and practitioners to better understand and manage the growing competition for land in Sub-Saharan Africa, as governments seek to balance food production with forest conservation targets

    21 August 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A goal worth scoring: Lessons from winning football teams can improve the supply chains of commodities that drive deforestation. Credit: Cusia-Inc

    Football’s winning ingredients can help forests in Kenya and Tanzania

    Teamwork, competition and game-changers are all needed to transform the commodity chains that drive deforestation.

    20 March 2014 | Blog | Forests
  • A batch of palm oil fruit bunches in Borneo. Demand for palm oil is set to double by 2030. (Photo: Rainforest Action Network)

    Reducing forest footprints

    The Reducing Forest Footprints project aimed to reduce incentives for deforestation and the forest footprint of agricultural commodities

    12 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Flooded sugar cane fields near Colombia's third largest city, Cali, during an intense rainy season.

    What does low-carbon resilience look like in Latin America?

    Many Latin American countries are showing how the pursuit of low-carbon strategies can create ‘win-win’ scenarios for economic growth and forest protection.

    4 April 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • REDD+ in Mozambique: new opportunity for land grabbers?

    Land is cheap and is perceived to be abundant in Africa. A scramble for its land, following the food and fuel crisis three years ago, is on. European and North American companies have been acquiring land to grow export and biofuel crops and to supply their need for pulp and paper. Now they’re being joined by newly emerging economies – in particular Brazil, India and China – which are also increasingly acquiring large tracts of land and searching for other natural resources, in particular water and minerals.

    15 September 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Biomass in the red – but can we put biomass into REDD+?

    Commercial forest rights that create incentives for Malawians to plant trees on farm for food and fuel are essential for REDD+ and climate change adaptation.

    18 July 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: a series of short films

    A series of short films that ask: who gets to decide about forests? With deforestation causing such havoc for biodiversity, the climate and the livelihoods of millions of forest-dependent people around the world, it is an important question

    15 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Ghana

    This film looks at how the Forest Governance Learning Group team in Ghana is exploring solutions to the problem of chainsaw logging

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Uganda

    This film documents the fight to save a forest reserve from being sold

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Vietnam

    This short film looks at community forestry in Vietnam

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Justice in the forests: Malawi

    This short film, entitled 'Burning issues', looks at charcoal production in Malawi and presents the case for community managed forests

    7 April 2011 | Article | Forests
  • Forest Connect: championing local forest enterprises

    Last week (16–18 February), I joined the Forest Connect alliance at a meeting in Ethiopia to learn from the country’s experience in locally controlled forestry and reaffirm our vision that poverty reduction and forest conservation can go hand in hand if locally controlled forest enterprises can be made profitable and sustainable.

    24 February 2011 | Blog | Forests
  • Tick tock — it’s the year of forests

    The UN has declared 2011 as the international year of forests — although more than a billion forest-dependent poor will probably not see it that way. Spiralling global demand for food, energy, fibre and water spell trouble for these people’s forests.Schemes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) may have been agreed at last month’s climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, but without locally controlled forestry this, in itself, will not stop the pressure on our forests. If you listen carefully you can still hear the forest clock ticking down…

    22 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • A pinch of salt from Namaacha

    Strengthening local communities’ rights to and capacity for sustainable forest management is critical to making REDD work in developing countries.

    17 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Mother Brazil: a way forward for the rainforest?

    Dubbed “mother of the nation”, Dilma Rousseff was elected as Brazil’s first female president this month. But this has been an election of two women. Taking the reins at a time of increasing growth, prosperity, and public works expansion in Brazil, will one woman’s touch alone be enough to bring new ways of combating destruction of the Amazon?

    29 November 2010 | Blog | Climate change
  • You are what you (m)eat

    Understanding the impacts of meat and dairy productionThe production of meat and dairy – particularly industrial and large-scale production systems - have numerous negative social and environmental impacts. Nevertheless these large-scale systems have been credited with producing 'affordable' animal protein for consumers. But a closer analysis of what affordable really means – and for whom – is vital.

    7 October 2010 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • The Nazca's folly: a pattern that won't go away?

    Some might say that archaeology is all about potsherds and old bones. But digging into the past can be a way of uncovering patterns of human behaviour with real relevance for our own time. And recently a group of archaeologists did just that, by unearthing an earlier culture that is an uncomfortable echo of our own. A study by this University of Cambridge group claims that the Nazca — a people famed for creating the gigantic ‘Nazca Lines’, patterns on a Peruvian desert that can only be seen from a plane — precipitated their own decline through excessive deforestation.

    15 March 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Did the bankers do the Amazon a favour?

    Deforestation rates in Brazil nearly halved recently — the largest fall in two decades. Not bad for the country that, back in the 20th century, was so often portrayed in the media as losing a chunk of rainforest ‘the size of Wales’. That’s just one example of how the impacts of recession on the environment can tell us an awful lot about the way our economy works.

    22 February 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • REDD: Protecting climate, forests and livelihoods

    Deforestation is a global issue. Beyond its destructive impacts on biodiversity and the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, it is a major driver of climate change and accounts for roughly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. REDD — 'reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation' — could offer a way forward, as IIED's growing body of REDD research and reports reflects.

    14 May 2009 | Article | Forests
  • Ideas matter but time is short

    Under a bright blue sky, we spent the day perched on lecture hall benches in Poznan’s University. A one-day immersion on everything you need to know and more about forests and climate change.

    7 December 2008 | Blog | Climate change
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