Forests Archive

  • Gorillas

    It’s up to us – 1

    Great ape populations are declining at an alarming rate worldwide. The surviving great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans – all live in the forests of Africa and Southeast...

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  • Orangutans

    It’s up to us – 2

    TUNZA spoke to biologist and GRASP Chief Consultant Ian Redmond about the great apes, our nearest relatives in the animal world. TUNZA: Conserving great apes is not just about the...

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  • BGCI–1

    REDD+: a natural progression

    Forests cover a third of the Earth’s surface and play an essential role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But deforestation and forest degradation – including through agriculture, subsistence...

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  • © N Dickinson - Still Pictures

    Norway leads on REDD


    Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is a mechanism being negotiated under the United Nations climate change convention. It is intended to offer developing countries financial incentives to...

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  • Editorial-1

    A different way of thinking

    We all know that timber, fibres, foods and medicines from forests have a price. But the services forests provide – often referred to as ecosystem services, such as regulating water...

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  • Editorial-2

    Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

    The UN’s initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD, www.un-redd.org) is a mechanism that facilitates the flow of funds from the developed to the developing world to...

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  • Editorial-3

    What ecosystem services are worth

    (per hectare per year) Cameroon’s forests services Climate regulation $842–2,265 Non-timber forest products: $41–70 Flood regulation $24 Hawaii, USA Groundwater recharging services of the forested Ko’olau watershed: $35,500–$65,750...

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  • Richmond Park - London - England

    The urban jungle 1

    ‘The measure of any great civilization is its cities; and the measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces — its parkland...

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  • Jungle 2

    The urban jungle 2

    São Paulo Urban forests are important for protecting watersheds around cities. The 5,000-hectare Reserva Estadual da Cantareira in São Paulo – which includes remnants of the Atlantic forest – is not...

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  • Ginkgo biloba

    The urban jungle 3

    What sorts of trees do best in cities? This depends on the city, of course, but generally they must be resistant to toxins and able to live for a long...

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