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ITTO project aims at promoting SFM through REDD+ in Cambodia

28 July 2015, ITTO news - An ITTO project launched earlier this month aims at promoting research, development and training in carbon stock assessment to improve the management of tropical forests in Cambodia under REDD+ mechanisms.

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Investing in Forestry Sector Can Reverse Estimated US$3.5 Billion Economic Drain of Deforestation, Alleviate Poverty in Tanzania

9 July 2015, UNEP news - Deforestation in Tanzania could cost the national economy 5,588 billion Tanzanian Shillings (US$3.5 billion, based on 2013 exchange rates) between 2013 and 2033 on current trends, highlighting the importance of investing in the forestry sector to alleviate poverty and boost growth, according to a new report released today.

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Scientists call for more protection for red-listed tree species in Vietnam

9 July 2015, Mongabay news - Conservation areas, such as national parks and nature reserves, are a key component of tropical forest conservation, safeguarding natural ecosystem processes and threatened species. However, many designated conservation areas include human settlements and other disturbance, which in some cases leads to conflicts between socio-economic and conservation objectives.

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Sustainable conservation in the Ibity Massif: a new protected area in Madagascar

9 July 2015, Mongabay news - The rate of deforestation and species extinction are increasing worldwide, and substantial efforts are being made to establish new protected areas (NPAs), build local environmental organizations and improve management of new preserves.

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New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest

26 June 2015, Mongabay news - A tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California's Yosemite National Park  is officially more protected, with formal declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa  Regional Conservation Area (RCA) made last week in Lima. Those involved with the  reserve's formation hope it will safeguard the area's biodiversity as well as  the ancestral homeland and way of life of local indigenous communities.

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Latin American experts gather in Peru to protect forests

16 June 2015, Telesurtv news - Forest experts from the public and private sector of 20 Latin American countries met again in the town of Tarapoto, Peru to define criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management in the Amazon. They had met there 20 years ago with the similar objectives.

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Urban forest creation guide unveiled in Melbourne in bid to increase Australia's green spaces

25 Jun 2015, ABC news - Backed by the Melbourne City Council and the Victorian Government, the 10-step "How to grow an urban forest" plan is aimed at giving local councils the tools they need to increase greenery.

It includes information about everything from the benefits of heat mapping and thermal imaging to selling the tree change to the community.

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FAO and ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

29 May 2015, FAO news - 29/05/2015 Bangkok, ThailandThe UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today formalized its collaboration with the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), at FAO's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

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Scientists, local conservationist oppose burning forests

29 June 2015, Narooma news - CONSERVATION groups have warned the Abbott Government and the cross bench Senators poised to pass laws to woodchip and burn native forests as a clean energy source under the Renewal Energy Target (RET) that they will be remembered as environmental vandals.

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Experts warn 'artificial' forest regeneration plan WON'T revive stricken green spaces

28 June 2015, MailOnline India news - The Union environment minister has a plan to regenerate the degraded forests of the country. But experts are warning that it may not revive India's lost wildlife and biodiversity, because artificial ecosystems cannot be a substitute for the natural process.

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