01 Dec '11, 10pm

Royal Society offers free special issue on rainforest conservation #Borneo #palmoil

Royal Society offers free special issue on rainforest conservation #Borneo #palmoil

Community mapping of African rainforests could show way forward for preservation, REDD (12/01/2011) A new initiative to place community mapping of central African rainforests online could prove key to local rights in the region, says the UK-based NGO Rainforest Foundation. Working with forest communities in five African countries, Rainforest Foundation has helped create digital maps of local forests, including use areas, parks, and threats such as logging and mining. The website, MappingForRights.org, includes interactive maps, photos, and video. Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN (11/30/2011) Global forest cover, as well as forest loss, is lower than previously estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to a new satellite-based assessment that replaces the self-reporting system previously used by the U.N. agency. Deforest...

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