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2010

Stepping Stones over the River Mole, Box Hill, Dorking

Local control is key to the sustainable use of forests. Locally controlled forestry is essential because local people generally value forests for more than cash alone, which gives them a reason to manage it sustainably and resist converting forests purely to satisfy distant consumer demands within the global economy. Duncan Macqueen, 22/12/2010 [1]

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Indonesia to stop handing out permits for companies to chop down rainforests and drain peatlands for two years, but deal does not protect millions of hectares of rainforest, Greenpeace, 27 May [2]

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The Battle for Khimki Forest, Yevgenia Chirikova, 17 March [3] “The plan to construct a section of the new Moscow-St.Petersburg motorway through the legally-protected Khimki Forest Park will destroy a rare eco-system. Dogged local resistance has turned this into a national, even international issue. But it has not derailed the plan.” place

2008

  • Eliasch Review on International deforestation shows "a dangerous lack of ambition and vastly underestimates the scale of the action needed to tackle climate change", Greenpeace, October 14 [4] "... allowing forests to become a get out of jail free card for the big polluters would be extremely bad news for the fight against climate change."

2007

  • The only way to save the rainforest is to save the Indians, by recognising their land rights, says Brazilian shaman. October 10 [5] "...you want to buy pieces of rainforest, or to plant biofuels. These are useless. The forest cannot be bought; it is our life and we have always protected it. Without the forest, there is only sickness, and without us, it is dead land. The time has come for you to start listening to us. Give us back our lands and our health before it’s too late for us and too late for you." Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, winner of the UN Global 500 award, who is traveling to London and Germany, to launch a report by Survival about the crisis in indigenous peoples’ health. Research from Survival shows that more than 162 million hectares of the Amazon rainforest - over 15,000 times more rainforest than is involved in the Cool Earth scheme - have already been secured – through their protection as indigenous territories. Research by Brazilian and USA scientists shows that the most effective way to stop logging in the Amazon is to protect Indian lands, which occupy one fifth of the Brazilian Amazon. But the lands of many tribes remain unprotected.


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2010

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Marcamasi [es] reports that in Peru more than 8,000 people managed to plant 27,166 trees in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, achieving a new Guinness record, 6 June 2010. This also marks the beginning of a national campaign called “Toward 180 million trees” (”Rumbo a los 180 millones de árboles”) with the theme “Let's change our attitude, let's sow a plant” (“Cambiemos de actitud, sembremos una planta”). [6]
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Canadian Forest Industry and Environmental Groups sign world’s largest conservation agreement applying to area twice the size of Germany, May 18 [7] place
  • 20,000 tree seedlings planted in the Kiptunga area of the Mau Forest Complex, Kenya, 15 January [8] Mau, the largest indigenous forest in East Africa and Kenya's most vital water tower, covers some 270,000 hectares. After Mau, restoration will also take place in Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Mt. Elgon and the rest of Kenya's forests and water catchment areas with the aim of increasing the forest cover from the current 1.7 percent to 10 percent by the year 2020.

2009

  • Bolivia: deforestation rate is 20 times the global average. December 19 [9]
  • USA pledged to contribute $275m to a forest protection fund in 2010, 19 November [10]
  • Kenya aiming to restore vital Mau forest, September 9 [11]
  • Volunteers from Pakistan set new tree planting world record, July 16 [12] With 541,176 young mangroves trees planted by 300 volunteers from the local fishermen communities just in one day, the total broke the previous 447,874 record held by historical rival India. The mangrove tree planting event was held in the vast wetland ecosystem of the Indus River Delta in the Southern Sindh Province, some 150 km south east from Karachi ­ a unique sanctuary of biodiversity designated in 2002 by the Government of Pakistan as a Ramsar Site (Wetland of International Importance), with support from WWF International Freshwater Programme.
  • Billion Tree Campaign passes four billion mark, on way to target of seven billion trees planted by the end of 2009, June 2 [13]
  • Extensive forest fires are affecting several of Kenya's key moisture reservoirs including the 400,000-hectare Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest and the source of water for at least twelve rivers. , March 25[16] Important Rift Valley Lakes, including Lake Victoria, the source of the River Nile, depend on the rivers which are fed from the forest. Noor Hassan Noor, the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner said that between 25 and 35 per cent of the eastern Mau forest has been lost so far as a result of the fire. place

2008

  • 70% deforestation cuts for Brazil, December 1 [17]
  • Greenpeace unveils Forests for Climate plan to halt the destruction of rainforests by 2015, May 20 [20]
  • Billion tree campaign to grow into the seven billion tree campaign, May 13 [21]

2007

  • Uttar Pradesh attempting to set a world record by planting 10 million trees in a single day, July 31 [22] place
  • France Joins the Billion Tree Campaign. UNEP, January 18


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References

  1. iied.org, 07/01/2011, iied.org, 22/12/2010
  2. greenpeace.org.uk, 27 May 2010
  3. Veronica Khokhlova, Global Voices Online, a website that translates and reports on blogs from around the world, 17 March 2010
  4. Greenpeace, October 14
  5. Survival International, October 10
  6. Global Voices Online, Written by Silvia Viñas, 6 June 2010
  7. Greenpeace International, May 18, 2010
  8. United Nations Environment Programme, 15 January 2010
  9. Global Voices Online, December 19th, 2009
  10. Greenpeace, 19 November 2009
  11. United Nations Environment Programme, September 9, 2009
  12. United Nations Environment Programme, July 16, 2009
  13. United Nations Environment Programme, June 2, 2009
  14. BBC news, May 26, 2009
  15. United Nations Environment Programme, March 30, 2009
  16. United Nations Environment Programme, March 25, 2009
  17. BBC news, December 1
  18. News Distribution Service, October 14
  19. United Nations Environment Programme, September 24
  20. Greenpeace, May 20
  21. United Nations Environment Programme, May 13
  22. BBC news, July 31

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