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8 October 2017
  • A new $100 million initiative will help indigenous peoples and local communities in rural areas secure rights to their traditional lands.
  • The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, formally launched launched week, was conceived by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
  • The Tenure Facility is a mechanism for scaling up recognition of rights to collective lands and forests.
  • The tenure facility aims to secure at least 40 million hectares of forests and rural lands for local and indigenous communities.
13 September 2017


Leaders of Cameroon's indigenous forest peoples say their survival is at risk if they are further deprived of access to the lands that are the source of their livelihoods.

Speaking in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, indigenous representatives said they had experienced increasingly serious violations of their land rights by palm oil and other agro-industries, mining firms and timber concessions, as well as the process of creating protected areas on their ancestral lands.

19 June 2017

The Amazon basin faces irreversible environmental disturbance on an enormous scale due to hydroelectric dam development. Hundreds of existing and planned dams in both the Amazonian lowlands and the Andean headwaters are already impacting, and will continue affecting, waterways, floodplains and the estuary by disrupting sediment and nutrient flows.

This is the message of a new study, published in Nature, which quantified the impacts of dams on the hydrology and geography of each of the Amazon’s 19 major sub-basins.




Governmental institution

Our forests and woodlands are a treasure. We promote their sustainable management – for Scotland's economy, people and environment.

We support Scotland's forests through guidance, grants and regulations, and by shaping forestry policy.

Imazon (Imazon)

Civil Society Organization

O Imazon é um instituto de pesquisa cuja missão é promover o desenvolvimento sustentável na Amazônia por meio de estudos, apoio à formulação de políticas públicas, disseminação ampla de informações e formação profissional. O Instituto foi fundado em 1990, e sua sede fica em Belém, no Pará. Em 25 anos de existência, o Imazon publicou 648 trabalhos técnicos, dos quais quase um terço foram veiculados como artigos em revistas científicas internacionais.

Governmental institution

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes.


Society of American Foresters logo

The profession of forestry started to take hold in the United States in late 1800s. In 1889, George Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot (pictured at right), a young forester educated in Europe, to manage the forest at the Biltmore Estate. It was the nation’s first professionally managed forest. 

In 1891 Congress passed the Forest Reserves Act, which created a reserve of 40 million acres of forestland in the United States. Six years later in 1897, Congress passed the Organic Act, which served as the basis for management of the newly created forest reserves.

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