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Ecosystem Services

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

ESA Applies Earth Observation to Assess Ecosystem Services

Information from Earth-observing satellites is being used to protect and sustainably manage our natural resources. Located in Vietnam, on the eastern slope of the Annamite mountains, the Huong Son is a tropical forest subject to logging activities. While extracting timber from the forest is important to the local economy, unsustainable logging practices can negatively affect

Friday, May 9th, 2014

OpenTreeMap Launches in Canada, Adds Stewardship Activities and Green Infrastructure Tracking

Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, announces the launch of OpenTreeMap, its collaborative platform for crowdsourced tree inventory, ecosystem services calculations, urban forestry analysis in Edmonton, Canada.  Known as yegTreeMap , it is the first implementation of OpenTreeMap Cloud in Canada, and it already includes over 267,000 trees maintained by the City of

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

New Mapping Method for ‘Green Infrastructure’, Europe’s Vital Natural Areas

The EEA report, ‘Spatial analysis of green infrastructure in Europe‘, maps a network of natural and semi-natural spaces and other environmental features in Europe with a good capacity to deliver  ‘ecosystem services’. These include air filtration, erosion protection, regulating water flow, coastal protection, pollination, maintaining soil structure, water purification, and carbon storage. The report also

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Large Old Trees Grow Fastest, Storing More Carbon

Trees do not slow in their growth rate as they get older and larger — instead, their growth keeps accelerating, according to a study published today in the journal Nature.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Considering the Contributions of Forests in the Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Responsible management of temperate forests in the United States can play an important and ongoing role in climate change mitigation at a national and international scale. This RFF Seminar, co-sponsored by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF), will delve into some of the questions that surround carbon accounting and

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Changes in World’s Forests Portrayed in High Definition

A new study based on Earth-observing satellite data comprehensively describes changes in the world’s forests from the beginning of this century. Published in Science today, this unparalleled survey of global forests tracked forest loss and gain at the spatial granularity of an area covered by a baseball diamond (30-meter resolution).

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

REDD+ Requires Better Monitoring and Reporting

A functional measuring, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system is essential to assess the additionality and impact on forest carbon in REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) projects. This study assesses the MRV capacity and readiness of project developers at 20 REDD+ projects in Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam, using a questionnaire survey and

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

World’s First Verified “Triple Gold” Carbon Offset Distinction Earned by Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey Project to Prevent Deforestation

The Oddar Meanchey REDD+ Project in Cambodia is the first project in the world to earn the verified “Triple Gold” distinction under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards for its avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. SCS Global Services (SCS) independently verified the avoided emissions based on the project’s deforestation avoidance measures under both the

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

National Science Foundation Awards $19.4 million for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

How and why is tea quality vulnerable to changing climate conditions, and how do these changes affect farming communities and land-use strategies? Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will use tea production and consumption systems as a case study to explore the complex interactions

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

REDD+ Talks Convene in New York City

  Leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors convened at REDD+ Talks: NYC to discuss their experiences of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and the role of the private sector in advancing this critical mechanism to tackle deforestation and climate change.

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