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The Irrawaddy: Loopholes in Myanmar’s Forest Sector Cost Govt Million in Revenue

YANGON—Internationally known for forestry products such as teak, timber extraction in Myanmar is lucrative. The website of the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) boasts that the “forestry sector in Myanmar is one of the major contributors to the national economy.” A new report from the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) reveals that the forest sector […]

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Gestión: Lima could increase water availability by 35% with pre-Inca hydraulic system [In Spanish]

Sistemas utilizados hace más de 1,400 años podrían aumentar la disponibilidad de agua durante la temporada seca en Lima capital del Perú, según una nueva investigación publicada esta semana en la revista científica Nature Sustainability, liderada por investigadores del Imperial College London, iMHEA (Iniciativa Regional de Monitoreo Hidrológico de Ecosistemas Andinos), CONDESAN, SUNASS, FONAG, Forest Trends, PUCP, […]

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Financial Times: Vietnam under pressure to clear out illegal wood

Vietnam may be a big winner of Donald Trump’s trade war but its success is not cost-free. As the country takes more business from China-based exporters, so Hanoi’s currency practices draw more scrutiny, while its growing trade dependency leaves it more exposed to a global downturn.

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VietnamNet: Vietnam’s wood exports to U.S. at risk due to trade tensions

Vietnam’s wood and wooden product exports to the United States may be subject to higher import duties due to a surge in export revenues and China’s foreign direct investment in the local industry, experts said at a recent seminar in Hanoi.

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The Hill: Americans deserve better coverage of carbon finance

Australian researchers recently warned that without “immediate drastic action,” climate change will degrade our forests, farms, and ecosystems to such a degree that civilization as we know it could collapse as soon as 2050. Such dire climate projections are increasingly common, as is unwarranted cynicism about climate solutions.

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Fast Company: The Simple, yet Elusive, Key to Fighting the Climate Crisis

A new scientific report finds human behaviors are driving the extinction of non-human species at a rate so severe that the subsequent disappearance of life will soon be a threat to human health and prosperity. Habitat destruction on land, over-fishing in the seas and overconsumption across much of the globe, among other things, now threaten […]

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Phys.org: Territorial management and governance of the Columbian Amazon by indigenous people

In the Colombian Amazon, we find an indigenous organization that manages the protection of around two million hectares of rainforest. As we covered in a previous article, this organization, called Azicatch, worked in association with WWF-Colombia and Fundación Puerto Rastrojo in 2016 to identify its territory’s ecosystem services and the risks of losing them using […]

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Thompson Reuters Foundation: Chinese logging takes heavy toll on farmers in Guinea-Bissau

GAMAMADU, Guinea-Bissau, May 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before the ban, Chinese loggers drove straight through Gamamadu village to harvest its most important resource: the rosewood forest. “So many Chinese came here. We were praying for a means to stop it,” said Braima Djassi, a small, white-haired farmer in the village in central Guinea-Bissau, a tiny […]

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Khmer Times: Rise in Timber Exports to Vietnam

The value of logs and sawn wood exported from Cambodia to Vietnam last year increased by about $31.5 million compared to 2016, customs data has shown. The Vietnamese data, obtained by Khmer Times yesterday, said about 163,071 cubic metres of Cambodian logs were imported to the country last year, worth about $39.5 million.

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The Wall Street Journal: The Nemesis of the Rainforests: Peace

When Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with leftist guerrillas in 2016, it ended one of the world’s longest-running conflicts and inspired hope for the country’s future. It also had an unexpected downside. The return of normalcy led to a spike in rainforest-clearing, as landowners mowed down former guerrilla hide-outs to establish cattle ranches and […]

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