Traditions and Technology Combat Illegal Logging

  Indigenous groups in Northern Brazil are taking matters into their own hands to protect the Amazon Rainforest. Areas close to the Ka’apor’s indigenous territory, within the Alto Turiaçu region, have been targeted by illegal loggers. The roughly 2,000 person tribe is now embracing new innovations to combat rapid deforestation near their homes. These groups of “forest guardians,” as they refer …

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Turning the Desert Green

Can deserts be turned back into arable land? Yes, according to the Sahara Forest Project. Their solution uses what we have enough of, like deserts, saltwater and CO2, to produce what we need more of: sustainably produced food, freshwater and energy.

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A Simple Farming Technique Improves Yields and Restores the Environment

Recurrent drought in the Sahel has become the norm in the past decade, resulting in agricultural decline and periodic famine. There is general recognition that drought-resistant practices are critical, but conventional Western methods are commonly applied to solve these problems. The World Agroforestry Centre is using a technique, called farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR), which promises to address the issue in a unique way.

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Norway and Liberia Form an Agreement to Stop Deforestation

Deforestation has become a major issue around the world as trees are being cut down faster than they can be replanted. This past summer, Canada became the world’s leader in deforestation. Canada’s native Boreal Forest is in severe danger, as are others worldwide, including the Amazon and Mangroves throughout Asia. Forests are extremely important because they help trap carbon dioxide and keep …

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The Technology Trap: I Spy Black Market Logging

Actors at the institutional level and the NGO level are utilizing technology in different ways to track illicit logging activity in the Global South, and they are depending on local populations to help them do it. Read more to learn how a US-based NGO manipulated a cellphone to trap loggers and funded the whole thing (and them some!) on Kickstarter.

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Model Forests; Much More Than Forestry

  The term Model Forest refers to a territorial management concept that integrates all stakeholders and sectors across a landscape to ensure the sustainable management of the territory. Its an esoteric concept, so let me break it down. Model Forests are a governance platform that serves to manage the interests and relations present in a given territory. That base can be …

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Local Entrepreneur Brings Clean, Sustainable Fuel to Uganda

Over-dependence on wood for fuel is one of the leading causes of deforestation and desertification across Africa. Over 4 million hectares of forest are depleted each year, which is double the global average. According to the FAO, roughly 575 million people (between 75 – 80% of Africans) rely on wood fuel for household light and cooking. Aside from the rapid …

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Sustainable Rubber Harvesting is Great News for Safe Sex

  A Brazilian company called Natex has developed a way to manually harvest rubber trees deep within the Amazon rainforest. This new innovative technology not only helps curb the growing amount of deforestation, but also helps produce roughly 100 million condoms per year. These condoms are then purchased by the Brazilian federal government to be freely distributed throughout the country …

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