07 Jun '11, 2pm

Sustainable Forests Grow But Large Areas Remain Unmanaged

07 Jun 2011: Sustainable Forests Grow But Large Areas Remain Unmanaged A new report finds that the area of sustainably managed forest in the world’s tropical regions increased from 36 million hectares (89 million acres) to 53 million hectares from 2005 to 2010, but that 90 percent of the planet’s tropical forests remain either poorly managed or not managed at all. In a comprehensive survey of forestry management in 33 countries — including nations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America — the Japan-based International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) found that efforts to preserve forest resources had a significant impact over the last five years, including campaigns to stimulate demand for sustainably harvested timber. The ITTO also said that the UN-based initiative known as REDD, for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, was leading to improved ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/sustainable_forests_grow_but_...

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