The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem. It is almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations. A Cerrado accord breakthrough could be at hand, conserving Brazil’s biodiverse savanna, and setting a new conservation precedent protecting its mosaic of ecosystems.
Articles Tagged: Deforestation
New map interface on Global Forest Watch makes it easier to use and customize forest data
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. The tool provides access to near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. This week, GFW launched a new user interface making it easier to explore, analyze and customize forest data.
The deforestation risks lurking in the banking sector
Are financial institutions overlooking a critical climate risk? Deforestation and forest degradation account for around 15% of human-made emissions, second only to fossil fuel combustion. More than half of deforestation is the result of the production of commodities such as soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, and cattle products. Read more from Celine Herweijer, UK PWC partner.
Nature-based solutions are the real climate-resilient route to water security
We experience the effects of climate change through water, whether that is through droughts and scarcity, increased extreme weather, flooding, or their impacts on water and sanitation infrastructure. TNC’s report ‘Beyond the Source’ shows that source water protection delivers significant water security improvements.
Why is Ghana counting every tree?
The government of Ghana is on a mission to register every shade tree planted on farms which grow the West African country’s most economically important crop, cocoa. What’s the reason behind such an ambitious venture?
Getting to the ‘How’ of Tackling Deforestation
With the deadline fast approaching towards 2020 – the date by which hundreds of companies have committed to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp – many admit that knowing what must be done and then actually doing it, is a gap.
UN says trees provide critical solution to climate change, as world continues dramatic loss in 2017
Despite international efforts to reduce deforestation, the world’s tropical forests lost 39 million acres of trees in 2017, an area roughly the size of Bangladesh, according to new data from the environmental monitoring group Global Forest Watch.
Sprint to 2020: Getting deforestation out of commodities – how far are we from the finishing line?
How far we are from achieving the commitment to eliminate deforestation from commodity supply chains by 2020? From companies, government to civil society – forest communities gathered at the TFA2020 General Assembly in Accra to discuss.
Sprawling Soy: Can an online tool help manage soy’s growing footprint?
Soy is a valuable commodity and staple in global food supplies—but it also has a growing footprint on many landscapes. Agroideal is a new tool that helps farmers and businesses identify the best areas to plant soy to achieve minimal environmental and social impacts.
Five instances in which Peru won the battle against deforestation
The main activities that have threatened forests in these areas include illegal gold mining and the advancement of industrial agriculture.