31 Dec '14, 10pm

Surprising reasons to be optimistic about saving forests

5 reasons to be hopeful Changing drivers of deforestation makes activists more influential than ever before. New technology improves monitoring and enforcement. New leaders are emerging at national, sub-national, and community levels. Indigenous and local communities are getting a greater say in resource management. Leaders are increasingly recognizing the value of services afforded by healthy ecosystems. And 5 reasons to be pessimistic Increasing demand for natural resources from rising population and consumption. Climate change is threatening ecosystem resilience. Companies can clear forests faster and exert more political clout than small farmers. Replacing forests with plantations is a net loss ecologically. Protected areas aren't working as well as they should, while poorly-planned road and infrastructure projects put forests at risk.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1114-reasons-to-be-optimist...

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