Responsible forest governance and forest tenure security are crucial in helping to reduce deforestation, combat climate change, and sustain the planet.
The world at a glance
BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — For Erasdus Jefwa Lazaro, a smallholder farmer and father-of-eight in rural coastal Kenya, the small stand of quick-growing eucalyptus and native malia trees on his land is better than money in the bank.
Three years on from planting their seedlings, the family have already thinned out the smaller trees and used the money to improve their house and install electricity.
“We feel as if we’re combatting an organized criminal gang,” said Everton Barros Dias, head of forest monitoring for the Environment and Sustainability Secretariat (SEMAS) in the Amazonian state of Pará. He explained how “impotent” he feels, as his agency engages in an “unequal fight” to combat a rising wave of illegal deforestation in this key Amazonian state.
WASHINGTON (Landscapes News) – When establishing environmentally and socially responsible forestry projects in new areas, taking time to listen to the locals and understand the context really pays off, said Paula Guimarães at a discussion forum about how the public sector can support private sector investments in sustainable and productive landscapes, at the recent Global Landscapes Forum