Liberia’s defence minister, Brownie Samukai, told the UN Security Council this week that Ebola is “spreading like wildfire”. The international response so far has been slow and inadequate.
Late in 2013, the Guyana Forestry Commission released a series of annual reports from 2005 to 2012. The oldest of these reports was already eight years old.
Over the past two weeks, a series of articles has appeared in the Kaieteur News about Chinese logging company Bai Shan Lin’s operations in Guyana. The articles accuse Bai Shan Lin of operating illegally. The Guyana Forestry Commission responds that “there is no circumventing of Guyana’s logging laws by Bai Shan Lin”.
PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) is an Indonesian palm oil company, that is clearing forest in West Papua to make way for an oil palm plantation. George Tahija is a commissioner of PT ANJ and a member of both The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Chapter Advisory Board and the TNC Asia Pacific Council.
“The Tropical Forestry Action Plan is fatally flawed. Far from curbing forest loss, the Plan will accelerate deforestation.” That’s Marcus Colchester and Larry Lohmann writing about another plan to save tropical forests.
Earlier this month, more than 100 people flew to Peru to take part in a meeting in the Hilton Hotel in Lima. While they were there, “they demonstrated that innovative climate finance models can help protect forests and mitigate global climate change”.
In recent years, Brazil has massively reduced its rate of deforestation. Understanding how these reductions came about is important if similar successes are to be achieved elsewhere.
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists claims to show “how a substantial number of developing countries … have reduced deforestation.” The report is based on peer-reviewed quantitative data. Good news!
“The Oddar Meanchey REDD project model is centered on local people’s participation in forest management,” said Ty Sokhun, head of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration in 2009. Five years later logging is rampant in the project area. Local people and the project developers are powerless to stop it. The Cambodian government does not seem interested.
Gold mining in Guyana is booming. It’s the country’s biggest export. Last year Guyana exported gold worth US$1 billion. But government is failing to address the serious environmental and social impacts caused by gold mining.