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Norway pledges $50m to fund Indonesia’s peat restoration

5 February 2016, Mongabay news - The government of Norway announced on Wednesday it would continue its environmental funding partnership with Indonesia, offering $50 million to support the archipelago's newly created Peat Restoration Agency.

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'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming

5 February 2016, BBC news - The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study. Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.

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Hunting pressure on forest animals in Africa is on the increase

9 February 2016, Phys news - Since about 25 years, animal species in West and Central Africa are no longer being hunted solely for the purpose of local self-sufficiency, but increasingly also for sale in urban areas several hundred kilometres away. As a consequence, many populations have dramatically decreased or already disappeared altogether. A team of European researchers led by Goethe University Frankfurt has now predicted hunting pressure for the Congo Basin and produced a detailed map, which could help in regional planning.

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Nigeria: Why Nigeria Must Invest Heavily in the Forest Sector - Stakeholders

9 February 2016, Allafrica news - Stakeholders in the forest sector, have urged governments at all levels to invest heavily in the sector because of its huge potential in addressing the nation's emerging environmental, social and economic challenges.

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Researchers find the world’s forests are fragmenting at a quick pace

4 February 2016, Mongabay news - Recent research by the U.S. Forest Service finds that the world lost interior forest at three times the rate of forest loss as a whole. They write that this fragmentation could severely jeopardize the ability of remaining forests to provide critical wildlife habitat and other ecological functions.

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New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity

2 February 2016, Mongabay news - The lower Las Piedras River, in the far west Amazon rainforests of the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru, is an incredibly biodiverse area — but it's also the site of an increasing amount of deforestation.

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Most ‘frontiers of plantation expansion’ are losing far more trees to deforestation than harvesting

26 January 2016, Mongabay news - Nearly all of the recent tree cover loss in several "frontiers of plantation expansion" is happening outside established plantation boundaries, according to a study released Monday by the World Resources Institute. The study finds 90 percent of that loss is coming at the expense of natural forests in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Liberia.

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Forest loss increased annually for 25 years at oldest Amazon mega-dam

14th January 2016, Mongabay news - Researchers examining changes in forest cover encircling the Amazon's oldest mega-dam have found that hundreds of square kilometers of forest have been lost each year of the dam's 25-year history. The study, published in Applied Geographylate in 2015, was undertaken by an international team from the US, Brazil, and the Netherlands. They describe the Tucuruí dam, constructed in the 1980s, as "an ideal case for understanding the long-term impact of mega-dams on rainforest loss."

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Global wood production shows a record high elevation

6 January 2016, MNA news - The press release of the FAO Representation in Iran shows growth in wood products in 2014, including industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels and pulp and paper, ranging from 1 to 5 percent, surpassing the pre-recession levels of 2007. The fastest growth was registered in Asia-Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean.

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Widespread death of evergreens predicted in American Southwest

20 January 2016, Mongabay news - Researchers published a paper last month in the journal Nature Climate Change predicting widespread death of needleleaf evergreen trees in the Southwest United States by the year 2100 due to global warming.

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