Some farmers in Ghana kill saplings on their land over fears their food crops will one day get damaged by loggers who come to clear the trees.
And in Cameroon, while communal forests can generate up to 50 times more income than what they did under state control, almost none of that money goes to families or toward roads, schools and other projects that benefit the community as a whole.
Studies published in a special issue of the journal Conservation and Society say despite reforms designed to promote community-managed forests in Africa, local people often have little incentive to preserve them.
In the face of unprecedented deforestation and biodiversity loss, policy makers are increasingly using financial incentives to encourage conservation.
However, a research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that in the long run, conservation incentives may struggle to compete with future agricultural yields.
Their findings were first published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 15 April 2013.
On Tuesday, 26 February, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) board formally approved its US$4.5 million co-funding for the new Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management program in the Heart of Borneo.
This funding is part of a program that was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council in November 2012. In addition to the ADB’s US$4.5m, the GEF will provide US$2.5m, the Government of Indonesia US$0.5m and WWF US$2m. The GEF program is an example of the power of collaboration with public sector partners, which has resulted in several new funding mechanisms directed at the Heart of Borneo program.
The Kamchatka peninsula , far east of Russia, is home to steaming geysers, simmering volcanoes, snow-capped mountains and a wide variety of plants and animals. The rare Steller’s sea eagle soars through its skies, while the only population of sea otters in the Western Pacific finds shelter along its coast.
The peninsula is recognized by UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and ranked by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as one of the world’s most important ecological regions.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), the company at the center of a decades-long campaign against its logging activities, committed to end all deforestation of natural forests on Tuesday.
The company published a new "Forest Conservation Policy" on Tuesday committing it to end development of all natural forested areas, including peat forests, improve its peatland management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and work more closely with local communities and other stakeholders.
Institutions that focus on fewer activities strictly targeting conservation or development are more likely to achieve their goals, according to a new book looking at both successes and failures of conservation and development projects in Southeast Asia.
And collaborations between like-minded organisations with different skill sets may be the best way to preserve biodiversity and meet livelihood goals in forest conservation areas.
“Collaborations could help meet the targets of state, private and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), while enhancing the participation among local forest users and forest-dwellers,” says Luke Preece, a PhD student at Charles Darwin University who co-authored several chapters of Evidence-based Conservation: Lessons from the Lower Mekong.
A few years ago in Papua New Guinea on a holiday I was lucky enough to spend a day with a fisherman who took me out on his dugout canoe. For hours we slowly skimmed along the surface of the ocean, the clear water providing a wonderful lens to the world below teeming with life. Fish, starfish, coral, eels, plants—a world beyond my wildest imagination.
As a very poor country, Cambodia is forced into a trade off between economic development and the conservation of its natural resources.
At least that's the conventional wisdom that sees short term profit take precedence over long term environmental sustainability.
But Dr Tim Killeen argues it doesn't need to be that way.
Listen to the program: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asi...
A vulnerable ethic minority village inside Cambodia’s remote Seima Protection Forest today became one of the first in Cambodia to receive a collective land title, which will help villagers fend off threats to their land and culture while also strengthening conservation goals.
Read more: http://www.newswise.com/articles/conservation-helps-secure-land-rights-in-cambodia
In my 36 years of work in conservation, I have never before witnessed as much attention and concern being paid to the deteriorating health of our oceans, and the resulting consequences of that deterioration for people everywhere. Ocean issues have grown from being a concern of environmental organizations to an urgent topic in corporate boardrooms and the offices of heads of state -- an important shift in attitude that gives me reason for hope.