Deforestation

Read Full Story A UK-based conservation watchdog, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), has released a report that claims about 22.8 million cubic meters of wood, with an estimated total value of USD8 billion, was exported from Myanmar over the past 13 years.
Unspoilt Aru Islands forest and devestating plantation plan
March 17, 2014
The Indonesian Government, which is supposed to be committed to protecting natural forest, is facing a test of that obligation on the Aru Islands, located in the Arafura Sea southwest of New Guinea and north of Australia. Last year Indonesian forestry minister Zulkifli Hasan said the government was extending a moratorium, in place since 2011, on issuing permits for conversions of natural forests or peatland. The moratorium is crucial to the country’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020 but sugar cane plantations are exempt.
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change.
UNEP Forest Watch
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with Google, World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 environmentalists to launch a “near real-time” forest monitoring system to track deforestation worldwide. The new on-line forest monitoring and alert system, dubbed Global Forest Watch (GFW), will show tree losses around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates, UNEP said in a statement.
Three European Union (EU)-funded projects worth EUR3 million (USD4.12 million), which aim to support Vietnam and four other SE Asian countries in combating illegal wood exploitation, were officially launched at a ceremony in Hanoi yesterday.
REDD+ Investment
February 05, 2014
A new report has revealed that demand for carbon emission reductions from REDD+ could be as little as 3 percent of the supply between 2015 and 2020, which would result in the United Nation’s key initiative to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation being, essentially, still born. The report, Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emission Reductions: The Need for a Strategic Intervention from 2015 to 2020, explains the risks of doing nothing, and outlines a suite of options for increasing demand.
7 biggest emitters
A new study by Canadian researchers from Montreal’s Concordia University pins the majority of blame for global warming square on the shoulders of seven countries: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom. The study “National contributions to observed global warming”, published yesterday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reveals that these countries were collectively responsible for more than 60 percent of pre-2005 global warming.
Indonesian law enforcement agencies and ministries have applied multiple laws to net dozens of companies accused of being involved in forest fires, illegal logging and mining activities in protected forest areas, reports The Jakarta Post.
Sustainable Palm Oil
Read Full Story Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader, last week announced a no deforestation policy in response to pressure from NGOs and consumers around the world The Singapore-listed company – which controls 45 per cent of the global production of and trade in palm oil – said it would ensure that both its own plantations and companies from which it sources would only provide products that are “free from links to deforestation or abuse of human rights and local communities,” reported the Financial Times on Friday.
COP19 Reforestation fund
Norway, UK and the US yesterday announced a USD280 million fund to protect forests and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) at COP 19 in Warsaw. Working with the World Bank, the three partners announced the funding for a new initiative called ‘BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes’ which is a joint public-private partnership established to help to combat the loss of the world’s forests and significantly reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation before 2020.