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More attention needed to maximize benefits of urban forests

3 October 2011, Rome -  Focused policies and investments aimed at protecting and managing forest and trees in and around cities are needed to strengthen urban livelihoods and improve city environments, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized. This was the message offered today on the occasion of World Habitat Day by the international Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), of which FAO is a member.

As an increasing share of the world's population now lives in cities and their surroundings, the CPF called on countries to pay more attention to managing and protecting urban and peri-urban forests.

In addition to improving the quality of urban environments, forests in cities can also mitigate severe weather impacts by shielding buildings from strong winds and flooding and can help cities save energy by acting as a buffer from hot weather.

"The accelerating rate of natural disturbances affecting cities such as storms, droughts, floods and landslides reminds us that resilience to disasters is of critical importance and that trees play an important role in protecting city environments," said FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry Eduardo Rojas-Briales. "Good practices in urban and peri-urban forestry can contribute to building a resilient city in terms of mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change."

Urban forests also improve the well-being and health conditions of citizens by cooling the environment, particularly in arid zones.

Read more on the FAO Website

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Brazil’s Forest Code has been a controversial discussion topic lately; revision of this law could clear the way for massive destruction of the country’s remaining forests.

Yet in the face of these threats, there have also been local victories. The municipality of Luis Eduardo Magalhaes in Bahia state, for example, is launching a campaign that will restore permanent protected areas which have been degraded. This is the first initiative of its kind that could set a model to be copied by other municipalities and states throughout Brazil.

Western Bahia is located in the heart of the Cerrado, the most biologically rich savanna grassland in the world. The Cerrado contains one-third of all Brazilian biodiversity, including some 10,000 plant species, more than 4,000 of which are found nowhere else. The second-largest biome in the country after the Amazon, the Cerrado is the birthplace of waters that form the country’s three major river basins: the Amazon, São Francisco and Paraná/Paraguay.

About a quarter of a century ago, all the land in Western Bahia was Brazilian savannah. In recent years, its grasses and woodlands have been disappearing twice as fast as the Amazon rainforest, giving way first to cattle pastures and then to endless fields of corn, soy, cotton and coffee.

Read more on Conservation International's website

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (29 September, 2011)_Indonesian business leaders have urged the government to clarify guidelines for private sector involvement in REDD+, signaling their readiness to engage in the climate change initiative to protect the nation’s forests and cut carbon emissions.

Speaking at the Forests Indonesia Conference on Tuesday, which drew nearly 1,000 participants from government, civil society and industry, Shinta Kamdani, Vice Chair on Environment and Climate Change at the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), said companies needed to understand how to incorporate REDD+ in their business operations and how they would benefit from the program.

“The private sector finds it very difficult to assess the feasibility of REDD+ projects and how to make them implementable,” Shinta said at the conference hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). “We need a clear value proposition that businesses can move forward.”

Shinta said the business community was eager to work with all stakeholders to develop a framework for translating REDD+ into “a realistic and workable” plan.

Read more on the CIFOR's website

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28 September 2011 – The increasing demand for ecotourism can play a vital role in saving endangered forests, a United Nations-backed partnership said today, while also warning of the potential damaging effects if its expansion is not effectively managed.

According to the findings of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which consists of 14 international organizations and secretariats, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the benefits of ecotourism flowing to local businesses are dramatically higher than those from mass tourism, providing an incentive to local communities to take care of their environment.

“Ecotourism has a far greater potential for contributing to income and livelihoods in poor rural communities than what is realized,” said FAO’s Edgar Kaeslin, a forestry officer in wildlife and protected area management.

The CPF found that standard all-inclusive package tours typically deliver just 20 per cent of revenue to local companies, while the rest is captured by airlines, hotels and large tour companies. Local ecotourism operations, however, can return as much as 95 per cent of earnings into the local economy.

The CPF also noted that ecotourism can motivate local communities to maintain and protect forests and wildlife as they see their income directly linked to the preservation of their environment.

Read more on the UN's website

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Old growth rain forests are comprised of massive trees — centuries-old behemoths that tower above the biological exuberance thriving beneath. Scientists have long known that these forests are irreplaceable, supporting countless species that can live nowhere else on Earth.

However, around the world, vast tracts of forest now exist where these large hardwoods have been selectively removed by conventional logging practices. What is the biological value of these forests, and what are the economic and ecological tradeoffs of conserving them?

In Southeast Asia, pioneering research is answering this question for the first time. In a historically rare case of ecologists and economists working together, researchers from Conservation International, Princeton University and collaborating institutions have quantified the tradeoff between biodiversity conservation and financial returns from logging.

Read more on Conservation International's website

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