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Forest-water linkages to be highlighted at the World Forestry Congress 2015

31 August 2015, Foresteurope news - Around 80% of the world's population live in areas where the availability and quality of water resources are insecure.  At the same time, forests play a fundamental role in the hydrological cycle.  They influence the amount and quality of water available and reduce water-related risks (floods, droughts, landslides...).

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Climate change to kill off many of Australia’s cloud forest species

25 August 2015, Mongabay news - For over 40 million years, pockets of ancient rainforest have survived on the eastern coast of Australia, sheltering a bewildering array of plants and animal found nowhere else – many believed to be relicts of a bygone era. This little lost world, known as the Wet Tropics of Queensland, has survived multiple climatic and biological upheavals – including the arrival of Homo sapiens – but new research in Biological Conservation has found that a good number of these species may be already doomed due to human-caused climate change.

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Industrial concessions causing massive deforestation in Cambodia

26 August 2015, Mongabay news - Land concessions for large-scale agricultural plantations are stripping off Cambodia's forest cover, according to a new report by Forest Trends, a U.S.-based environmental protection group.

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Southeast Asia sees little progress on haze as fires rage

28 July 2015, Jakarta Post news - Southeast Asian nations meeting Tuesday to discuss the problem of haze that shrouds the region's skies every year made little progress, as the number of smog-belching forest fires was on the rise in Indonesia.

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India's forest cover 21 percent of geographical area

6 August 2015, Business Standard news - India's forest cover comprises over a fifth - 21.23 percent - of the country's total geographical area, parliament was told on Thursday.

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Forest data platform now mobile-ready

5 August 2015, Mongabay news - Global Forest Watch, a platform that maps a wide range of forest data, is now optimized for mobile users, potentially extending the tool for ground-based forest monitoring and deforestation detection.

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Special forests for beekeeping increasing nationwide

15 July 2015, Dailysabah news - As part of the project "Bal Ormanı Eylem Planı" (Forest Action Plan for Honey Production) carried out for the development of beekeeping and forest protection, 233 special forests for honey production were established in 64 provinces, so far. According to the General Directorate of Forestry, the main aim of the project is to protect forests, avoid possible problems on beekeeping fields and increase the income of beekeepers between 2013 and 2017. The forests spread across an area of 30.843 hectares. The trees, which were planted by the end of June, are suitable for the region's climate and honey production. A total of 270 honey production forests, which are planned to be established soon, will contribute to decrease the migration and avoid possible problems in forests, prevent erosion, protect biological diversity with the help of pollination and the country's economy.

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Avon the latest major palm oil user to make zero-deforestation pledge

27 July 2015, Mongabay news - Cosmetics giant Avon promised today to purge its palm oil supply chain of deforestation and rights abuses, making it the latest in a wave of major producers and consumers of the commodity to do so.

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Peru boasts green credentials, slashes deforestation protections

29 July 2015, Mongabay news - Lima hosted the COP-20 climate summit last December, proclaiming its freshly washed green credentials to the dignitaries of nearly 200 visiting countries. Peruvian president Ollanta Humala called on the assembly to abandon past false comparisons between "economic growth or conservation of the planet," saying we must have both.

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New Lending and Investment Tool Sets Agricultural Supply Chain on Sustainable Path, Reducing Deforestation Threat

29 July 2015, UNEP news - A new lending and investment policy tool for financial institutions, unveiled today, aims to reduce the deforestation risk caused by the unsustainable production, trade, processing and retail of soft commodities, especially soy, palm oil and beef.New research by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Natural Capital Declaration highlights the critical need to fundamentally strengthen how financial institutions view, address and manage deforestation and degradations risks.

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