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February, 2012

  • 8 February

    Signs of Hope on Climate Change – in Unexpected Places

    Remember the heady days of 2009? The world – or at least the world’s media – was rocked by such hot topics as the death of Michael Jackson, the spread of swine flu, the Iranian elections and the new Star Trek movie; as if that wasn’t enough, there was also something called climate change that was pushing us into global …

January, 2012

  • 6 January

    On the Trail of Timber Trafficking – Julian Newman, Environmental Investigation Agency

    Illegal logging is one of the most damaging and lucrative forms of environmental crime. In financial terms, the World Bank estimates that illegal logging costs developing countries $15 billion a year in lost revenue and taxes. But the cost of illegal logging goes far beyond financial loss; it exacerbates climate change, impacts ecological security through events such as floods and …

December, 2011

  • 21 December

    “The Real Chainsaw Massacre” on National Geographic Wild

    “The Real Chainsaw Massacre” follows the escapades of Julien and Faith, members of the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency, as they go undercover in South America and the Far East posing as traders to catch illegal logging at work. Learn about the ties between armies, politicians and the illicit destruction of the world’s protected forests in a trade that feeds an …

August, 2011

  • 15 August

    UK’s New Forest Boasts Colours to “Rival the Canadian Fall”

    As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Forests in 2011, the New Forest National Park, located to the West of Southampton in the United Kingdom, has boasted of having a seasonal display of burnished colour to “rival the Canadian fall”. Although the International Year of Forests was designed to highlight the importance of forests to biodiversity and combating …

  • 5 August

    Kenya: Environment Minister Announces Series of Measures to Protect Forest Cover

    In Kenya forest degradation has increased over time due to unsustainable human activities resulting in reduced forest cover, says the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Mr John Michuki. Mr Michuki says degradation is caused by the adverse effects of climate change. “This has slowly transformed some high potential areas into medium potential and previous Arid and Semi Arid Areas …

July, 2011

  • 22 July

    Kenya: National Environment Management Authority Striving to Curb Desertification


    The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was “important as a reminder about the need to conserve God-given environment especially in the Arid and Semi-arid areas of Kenya”, said the chairman of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Board of Management, Mr Francis Ole Kaparo. Mr Kaparo said that desertification, land degradation and drought is a phenomena whose effects are …

  • 20 July

    Kenya: Combating Desertification Through Afforestation

    Desertification in Kenya

    Desertification is intensifying and spreading in Kenya, threatening one third of the population and severely reducing the productivity of the land. Kenya’s Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Mr John Michuki, says that the recurring droughts have accelerated soil degradation and reduced per-capita food production. “Much of the problem is due to a growing imbalance between population, resources, development and …

  • 6 July

    Nepal’s CFP Selected for Global Award

    Nepal’s Community Forestry Programme, which is used as a role model among the world’s forest conversation initiatives, has been shortlisted for the 2011 Future Policy Award. The award is for the most inspiring, innovative and influential forestry policies worldwide. Forestry groups have been making money by absorbing carbon dioxide released through the burning of bio-fuels. The communities are being rewarded …