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Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in CaliforniaEmissions Hit a New Record High

Phys.Org | 02.12.22

However, our new satellite analysis reveals what researchers have suspected for years: Forest offsets might not actually be doing much for the climate.

Despite 11% drop in 2022, Amazon deforestation rate has soared under Bolsonaro

Mongabay | 02.12.22

An area equivalent to the size of Qatar was cleared in the Brazilian Amazon between Aug. 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022, according to data from the country’s National Space Research Institute (INPE).

Doubling finance flows into nature-based solutions by 2025 to deal with global crises – UN report

UNEP | 01.12.22

Nature-negative flows from public sources, which are 3 to 7 times larger than investments into nature-based solutions, need to be phased out, repurposed or reformed.

Brazil: Amazon deforestation drops, but devastation still rampant

Aljazeera | 30.11.22

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen in the 12 months through July, new government data showed, as incoming President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva seeks to restore protection for the vital rainforest.

Report calls on palm oil firms to make up for nearly 1m hectares of forest loss

Mongabay | 29.11.22

Palm oil companies across Southeast Asia are liable for the recovery of a Puerto Rico-sized area of forest because of their history of environmental harm, a new report shows.

How Forests Near and Far Benefit People in Cities

WRI | 29.11.22

A growing body of research shows that even forests located far away from urban centers provide tremendous benefits in regulating the global climate, water and biodiversity systems that are essential to people’s health and quality of life.

Animals are key to restoring the world's forests

Max-Planck Gesellschaft | 29.11.22

By dispersing seeds, animals can rapidly reestablish plant diversity in degraded forests.

Forest management tool could help rein in rampant wildlife trade in Bangladesh

Mongabay | 28.11.22

The pilot program follows the success of SMART technology used in the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, where a University of Calcutta study shows illegal logging and poaching have dropped significantly since the introduction of the tool.

New analysis finds pandemic didn't dampen deforestation

Phys.Org | 28.11.22

Despite the massive upheavals in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, deforestation globally proceeded more or less as expected from the trends established over the last 15 years, according to a recent study from researchers at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.

Journal Articles & Publications

OUTSTANDING DEBT: Why and how downstream buyers should contribute to recovery of past harm in oil palm dominated landscapes

Earth Qualizer | 11.22

This report was written to inform the Forest Positive Coalition of the Consumers Goods Forum (CGF) and other downstream supply chain actors regarding the nature and scale of the palm oil industry’s past non-compliance with NDPE policy, and what should be done to compensate for past environmental harm.

Rethinking the drivers of biotechnologies: a paradigm for holistic climate change solutions 

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability | 11.22

Sustainable development goals are not met by fixing climate change alone.

Has global deforestation accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

CGIAR | 11.22

To better understand how the pandemic influenced tropical deforestation globally, this study used historical deforestation data (2004–2019) from the Terra-i pantropical land cover change monitoring system to project expected deforestation trends for 2020, which were used to determine whether observed deforestation deviated from expected trajectories after the first COVID-19 cases were reported.

Better Forests, Better Cities 

WRI | 11.22

This report is the first of its kind comprehensive resource on the connection between cities and forests, synthesizing hundreds of research papers and reports to show how all forest types can deliver a diverse suite of benefits to cities.

Other Info & Tools


CIFOR | 07-19.12.22

The key objective of the conference is to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework that defines targets and pathways for the sustainable use of biodiversity for the coming decade.

Child- and Youth-Sensitivity in NDCs

CIFOR | 07.12.22

Join us on December 7 at 8:00 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. CET) for an overview of UNICEF’s latest research brief “Child-Sensitive Climate Policies for Every Child” to explore how Nationally Determined Contributions can be more inclusive and rights-based for children and young people and ensure child-critical social services are climate and disaster resilient.

2nd Forest Restoration Talk with Bart Muys: “Biodiversity as a key asset for forest restoration in Europe”

GLF | 07.12.22

Targeting researchers, practitioners, NGOs, policy makers and other interested stakeholders, the webinar series will investigate forest restoration questions from diverse scientific perspectives, with alternating focus on the global and European levels. This includes exploring practical forest restoration approaches, experiences and challenges worldwide.

China’s Role in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development

IISD | 16.12.22

This UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15 side event is organized by the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). IISD manages CCICED's Secretariat International Support Office.

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