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Norway pays Brazil $1B to fulfill pledge for curbing deforestation

16 September 2015, Mongabay news - The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country's success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

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Rogue oil palm company must pay $26m, rules Indonesia’s Supreme Court

14 September 2015, Mongabay news - Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from oil palm developer PT Kallista Alam, which had been ordered to pay a staggering 366 billion rupiah ($26 million) in fines and reparations for cut-and-burning forest in the Tripa peat swamp region.

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World Forestry Congress sets out vision for future of forests

11 September 2015, FAO news - The world's forests must be recognized as "more than trees", the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa, concluded today. Instead, forests hold vast potential to play a decisive role in ending hunger, improving livelihoods and combating climate change. The largest gathering on forests this decade set out its vision of how forests and forestry should look in 2050, adopting the Durban Declaration after a week of debate. The vision calls for the forests of the future to be "fundamental" for food security and improved livelihoods. Forests and trees must also be integrated with other land uses such as agriculture in order to address the causes of deforestation and conflict over land, according to the declaration. Finally, sustainably managed forests must be an "essential solution" to combating climate change, optimizing their ability to absorb and store carbon while also providing other environmental services.

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U.N. data suggests slowdown in forest loss

8 September 2015, Mongabay news - Highly anticipated data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) shows that global forest loss has slowed significantly over the past five years relative to the 1990s and 2000s.

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Oil palm firm in hot water after Jokowi drops in on forest fires

10 September 2015, Mongabay news - With forest and peatland fires raging across large swaths of Indonesia, an oil palm developer in South Sumatra faces having its permit revoked after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo paid one of his trademark impromptu visits to its concession on Sunday.

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5 African countries agree to combat illegal timber trade

10 September 2015, Mongabay news - The governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique have agreed to work together to combat the illegal timber trade that is plaguing East and Southern Africa, reports WWF.

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Boreal forests challenged by global change

20 August 2015, Phys news - Management of boreal forests needs greater attention from international policy, argued forestry experts from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Natural Resources Canada, and the University of Helsinki in Finland in a new article published this week in the journal Science. The article, which reviews recent research in the field, is part of a special issue on forests released in advance of the World Forestry Congress in September.

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Forest Service hosts Peruvian officials to learn natural resource management

27 August 2015, Summitdaily news - Peruvian natural resource managers have questions about how to protect their country's forests, and they came to Summit County for answers.A U.S. Forest Service division called International Programs, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation in foreign countries, brought top-level Peruvian officials for an educational tour that started Monday in Washington D.C. and ends Friday in Denver.

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Global forest loss reached 46 million acres in 2014

2 September 2015, Mongabay news - Global forest loss amounted to 18.7 million hectares (46 million acres) in 2014, a decline of about 9 percent relative to 2013 and 20 percent compared to 2012, according to data released today by a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and Google.

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Indonesia pledges to cut emissions 29 percent by 2030

3 September 2015, Mongabay news - Indonesia will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030, the environment and forestry minister announced yesterday.

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