Forest News, October 12-18


Emily Kaldjian

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Cry to save East Africa’s forests,” 12 October, MediaMax Network

Worried about the diminishing water catchment ecosystem that is essential for agriculture, two institutions want the East African Community (EAC) governments to step up vigilance on the region’s forests to curb further destruction. The East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) and the Center for International Forestry Research (Cifor) have subsequently called on EAC through the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) to fast track harmonisation of relevant laws in the management of forests and natural resources.

Selectively Logged Amazon Forests Recover Their Carbon Stock in 20 Years and Will Play Important Role in Climate,” 13 October, IUFRO

Selectively logged tropical Amazonian forest can recover their carbon stocks within a cutting cycle of 20 to 30 years, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology on September 21st. The findings show that sustainably logged tropical forests continue to play a key role in global carbon sequestration, with important implications for global climate. This study demonstrates that under current timber harvesting intensities, Amazon forests logged with reduced impact logging techniques shall recover their initial carbon stock in 7 to 21 years.

Illegal logging decimating birds in Ghana: ‘These numbers are shocking’,” 14 October, Mongabay

Thousands of studies have measured the impact of logging on tropical biodiversity, but few have looked at illegal logging. This, despite the fact that illegal logging represents anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of total timber harvesting in tropical countries, according to the United Nations Environment Program. But new research in Ghana’s highly-biodiverse Upper Guinean rainforests has found that a combination of illegal and legal logging has taken a tremendous toll on birds. The researchers, headed by Nicole Arcilla, a postdoctorate researcher with Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, found understory bird abundance fell by more than half in just 15 years.

Cocoa, community and the forest,” 14 October, Greenpeace

How can the increasing demand for cocoa help protect forests and improve the lives of farming communities around the world?

Rising seas will drown mangrove forests,” 14 October,

Mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, international research published today says.Even with relatively low sea-level rises, many mangrove forests had a poor outlook said Professor Catherine Lovelock, a University of Queensland ecologist.

Britain’s forests, soil and rivers worth £1.6tn, says environment secretary,” 14 October, The Guardian

Britain’s forests, soil and rivers are worth at least £1.6tn and should be quantified in the same way as the country’s man-made infrastructure, the environment secretary, Liz Truss, has said. In a move which embraces the natural capital agenda, Truss said that trees and bees should be valued as “national assets” in the same way as structures such as the Forth rail bridge in Scotland.

Forests: Protected and 'Intact' Forests Fell at 'Alarming' Rate 2000-2012, Says Study,” 15 October, Nature World News

A new study from Finland's Aalto University, King's College London, and UV University of Amsterdam says that too much forest fell in the first 12 years of the 21st century, and that some of it was "protected" trees, and that a good portion was lost in association with agriculture. From 2000 to 2012, the team says, we lost 3 percent of the world's protected forest, 2.5 percent of its intact forest, and 1.5 percent of the protected intact forest.

Study finds local people do forest monitoring as well as scientists,” 16 October, Mongabay

A recent study, published in BioScience, details successful efforts by local citizens to monitor natural resources, and finds that citizens do the job just as effectively as trained scientists. The study authors, inspired by these results, urge government and scientific agencies to implement training and programming in local communities as a cost effective alternative to expensive scientific surveys. The use of community volunteers is most effective when it highlights community benefits, data accuracy, and fosters wide community support, say the scientists.

Govt needs to face reality over forest preservation,” 17 October, Bangkok Post

Mention “Bang Kajao”, a green area next to Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng District, and what springs to mind? Some may think of an area that is the “lung” for Bangkok or a popular bicycle route that brings cyclists to a traditional orchard landscape. But for forest conservationists and local residents, Bang Kajao refers to a patch of land, stretching over 12,000 rai, that is testimony to the nation’s failed forest management policy.

Ex-official an illegal logging suspect,” 18 October, The Nation

As authorities yesterday continued their hunt for illegal eaglewood loggers who allegedly killed forestry official Prasit Khummoo during a clash on October 14 at the Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum's Khon San district, provincial Governor Chusak Treesarn urged police to act against a former official who backed this logging and others involved.