The world's vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall.
The relevance of forests to rural well-being and poverty reduction remains a controversial issue. This paper examines patterns of association between household wealth, poverty, and livelihood dependency either on forest extraction or agricultural activities in Ucayali, Peru.
Since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo came to power last October, he has adopted important policies designed to further bring down poverty and reduce inequality. His decision to slash the decades-old fuel subsidy was a bold and necessary move. Not only does it reduce incentives to consume fossil fuel, but the US$23 billion freed up can be better used to boost public investments in much needed infrastructure and social programs to improve economic livelihoods and expand access to social services for the poor.
Government departments have joined hands with a wildlife NGO to ensure that poor villagers living close to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve no longer depend on jungle wood for cooking food. The move is aimed at bringing down the cases of mass illegal felling which is affecting the ecological balance of the tiger reserve.
Wildlife Alliance works directly with communities to create sustainable, alternative sources of income. Our community-based agriculture program helps communities develop businesses through land ownership, training in modern-practice farming and marketing, and irrigation projects. This project is based at Sovanna Baitong, in the Cambodian Cardamom Mountains, an area formerly ravaged by illegal logging and wildlife poaching. Through the project, landless slash-and-burn farmers now have the opportunity to achieve a better life for themselves and their children.