26 Sep '11, 6pm

Panama canal drives forest conservation, offers insight on value of ecosystems

Panama canal drives forest conservation, offers insight on value of ecosystems

Panama canal drives forest conservation, offers insight on value of ecosystems Rhett Butler, mongabay.com September 26, 2011 Rainforest in the Panama Canal Zone. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. As demonstrated by growing enthusiasm for conserving forests and the rise of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program, the public is increasingly aware of the role forests play in delivering ecosystems services — like clean air and water — that benefit mankind. Yet, science still lags conventional wisdom — researchers have yet to fully quantify much of what healthy forests provide. Bridging this gap is key to unlocking the full value of protecting and restoring tropical forests. An ambitious initiative in Panama is attempting to do just that. The Agua Salud Project is a joint effort between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Panama Can...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0926-agua_salud_stri.html

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