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Des forêts et des Hommes - GoodPlanet30 November 2011, Rome - A new, satellite-based survey released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides a more accurate picture of changes in the world's forests, showing forest land use declined between 1990 and 2005.

The findings of a global remote sensing survey show the world's total forest area in 2005 was 3.69 billion hectares, or 30 percent of the global land area.

The new findings suggest that the rate of world deforestation averaged 14.5 million hectares per year between 1990 and 2005, which is consistent with previous estimates. Deforestation largely occurred in the tropics, likely attributable to the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land.

On the other hand, the survey shows that worldwide, the net loss in forest area between 1990 and 2005 was not as great as previously believed, since gains in forest areas are larger than previously estimated.

Read more on the FAO website

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Des forets et des hommes - GoodPlanet As we head into the final quarter of the International Year of Forests 2011, the FAO would like to invite you to submit a photo of the forests that you know and love.  Therefore they are asking you to send a photo that shows your connection to the forest.  They want to get an impression or image which best explains what the forest means to you and why you decided to devote your life to serve forests.  They would like to get a better idea of you, the people who work in forests and what links you to the forest.

The best photographs will be included in the next Unasylva publication, and added to the FAO forestry photo library.

Learn more on the FAO website

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A new Ecologist-produced film, to be screened at the forthcoming Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Japan, highlights how the rights of indigenous peoples and their sustainable use of natural resources are being ignored by the Bangladesh Government

The part of the Sunderbans located in Bangladesh covers an area of six million hectares, consisting of about 200 islands, and is separated by about 400 interconnected tidal rivers, creeks and canals. Various local communities that depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihoods live in villages at the edges of the forest, using it for wood, honey and food.

The Ecologist Film Unit - working in association with the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) - has produced a short film highlighting how the use of the forest by the local indigenous communities is being threatened by a combination of mismangement, corruption and over-exploitation.

Speaking in the film, Professor Dr Dilip Kumar Datta, head of environmental science at Khulna University said the national Government was more concerned with revenue than the views of indigenous peoples.

Read more on The Ecologist's website

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Goodplanet - des forets et des hommesArticle from BBC News

Involving local groups has been a key factor in halting the loss of forest cover in the Asia-Pacific region, a UN study has concluded.

The report found that low-cost projects offered communities an incentive to protect the habitats in return for job opportunities and income sources.

Such schemes also enhanced ecosystems, restored biodiversity and increase carbon storage, the authors added.

The results were published at the start of the UN Asia-Pacific Forestry Week.

Despite the threats from illegal deforestation, forest fires and climate change, the Forest Beneath the Grass report - produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - said the region had "not only stopped the drastic decline in forest cover of the 1990s", but had actually increased tree cover over the past decade.

"The Asia-Pacific region has accomplished this feat of reversing the trend of forest loss faster than any other region in history," said Eduardo Rojas, assistant director-general of the FAO's Forestry Department.

Read more on the BBC website

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Read the good and the bad news on forest conservation, learn why we need forests to survive and find out some suprising facts and figures from the world of forests on the IUCN's website

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Brésil - Des forets et des hommes - GoodPlanet BOGOR, Indonesia (20 October, 2011)_While women in many of Brazil’s extractive reserves do not play a large role in decision-making processes, a recent study conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and National Council of Extractivist Populations (CNS) has found that Amazonian women are pushing for greater roles in generating income from forest products and safeguarding areas that serve as a principal source of food and medicine for their families.

“Women in extractive reserves are in need of leadership experience in order to be able to shape policies that more adequately address their specific needs,” said Trilby MacDonald, co-author of Brazil’s Social Movement, Women and Forests: A Case Study from the National Council of Rubber Tappers, published in a special gender themed edition of the International Forestry Review.

Women in the Brazilian Amazon are highly dependent on forest resources to provide food and medicines for their families and communities, but decisions regarding land use and forest management in extractive reserves (areas of land where access and usage rights are allocated to local groups) remain the exclusive domain of men. Women members of the CNS, a leading force in the Amazonian social movement, are working hard to change that.

Read more on the CIFOR's website

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Source : UNEP

Bringing the green economy closer to citizens sounds like a drag, but it shouldn’t be. Millions of Europeans are already deeply involved in green economy initiatives. The challenge is spreading the word through our own networks with interesting, funny, quirky, or completely odd-ball ideas and suggestions that pique interest. Or at the very least spark debate.

GreenUp is greening our economy in and we’re challenging Europeans to take up actions each month until Rio+20.

The first action relates to Forests. European forests may be expanding by around 7,000 hectares a year but many are still under threat from fragmentation as a result of felling, fires and conversion to agricultural land according to experts with the United Nations. These isolated and fragmented forest systems are not only more vulnerable to climate change, they are less able to support wildlife, stabilize soils and supply sufficient water to the cities, companies and communities that rely on such ecosystem services.

GreenUp’s first action on forests is vital to address climate change, ensure green’ corridors across the region to protect habitats, maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has created a Tree-shirt, to restore ecological connectivity, protecting forest biodiversity and as she puts it “helping animals to party’. All proceeds go to reforestation activities in Europe.

Learn more about GreenUp on the UNEP's website



GoodPlanet - des forêts et des Hommes - indonésie BOGOR, Indonesia (13 October, 2011)

Understanding the different roles and responsibilities of women, and increasing their opportunities to participate in forest management could help address gender imbalances in the forestry sector – a move which could have a positive impact on the sustainable management of forests – says a special gender and forests themed journal issue featuring the work of several CIFOR scientists.

“We already know that men and women use the forest in different ways but their relationship with the forest is constantly changing. With climate change, traditional gender based roles are becoming more fluid, which is creating opportunities for women to engage in activities that not only improve livelihoods, but allow them to better adapt,” said Esther Mwangi, senior scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research and co- author of the introduction to the special issue of the International Forestry Review.

Read the article on the CIFOR website

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The Orang Rimba are an indigenous people living in Jambi, Indonesia in a forested area that is under conflict. They believe that God manifests inside animals in the forest, one is God Mergo – “God Tiger” – whom they worship. They never used to have a permenant home, whenever they felt there was bad luck or a death occured they would move through the forest usually in groups of around 30 people. Their houses often came in the shape of “rumbia” – a kind of coconut tree, whose leaves they used as their roof. Since the Orang Rimba believe they are part of nature, part of the forest, sometimes they go so far as to sleep under the stars, unprotected. Despite living and depending on the forest this way, we haven’t heard any stories of the Orang Rimba coming into conflict with animals like the Sumatran tiger, or hunting them for their fur.

We wanted to pay our respects to them, so Greenpeace Indonesia’s “Tiger Eye Tour” decided to go to meet the Orang Rimba in the forests around Pemayungan Village, Jambi. We ended up circling the village for quite some time, finding that Sinar Mas Group had blocked some of the roads leading there. Sinar Mas Group is an Indonesian conglomerate engaged in clearing rainforests, its pulp and paper division is Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), and it owns rights to land around the village we were trying to reach. We had already been warned that visiting the Orang Rimba would be difficult by a village elder, since they had moved deeper into the forest to avoid the conflict that began in 2009 between villagers who want to keep the forest and the company, PT Lestari Asri Jaya (LAJ) owned by Sinar Mas Group, who wants to clear the forest to create a plantation.

Read more on Greenpeace's website

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We all know that break ups are hard. Especially when they involve secrets – like the shameful secret that broke up Barbie and Ken back in June: she had destroyed rainforest in her toy packaging. Her manufacturer, Mattel, was using products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a pulp and paper company notorious for destroying Indonesian rainforests, including the habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger. Ken was understandably distraught.

It wasn’t pretty. But all the drama that followed: Ken’s shocking interview, a public Twitter feud between the former couple, inappropriate photos of Barbie with a chainsaw, over 500,000 emails sent by you to Mattel – all of it has a silver lining. It helped bring the continuing destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests for pulp and paper out into the open and forced action.

Mattel recognized it couldn’t allow its supply chains to include products coming from deforestation and that toy packaging shouldn’t come at the costs of rainforests and tiger habitat. That was made very clear by the strong response from people all over the world to the revelation that Barbie was wrapped up in rainforest destruction. Today Mattel has brought closure to the couple’s drama by dropping deforestation: releasing a global policy that will keep rainforest destruction out of its supply chains.

Read more on the Greenpeace website

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Photo credit : June 7th 2011 Greenpeace activists dressed as "Ken" dolls unfurl a giant banner on Mattel headquarters in California. Image: David McNew