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Monday, June 8th, 2015

Exploring Whether More Woody Biomass Can Be Harvested from European Forests

June 8, 2015—The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and other services that forests provide to humans.

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Major New Research Project to Study How Tropical Forests Worldwide Respond to Climate Change

April 2, 2015—Tropical forests play major roles in regulating Earth’s climate, but there are large uncertainties over how they’ll respond over the next 100 years as the planet’s climate warms. An expansive new project led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) aims to bring the future of

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Science Paper: First Guidebook for Ecosystem Services

NEW YORK, MARCH 12, 2015—A team of investors, development organizations, conservationists, economists, and ecologists have published in the journal Science six natural science principles to ensure success of Payments for Ecosystem Services, mechanisms that have helped preserve carbon stocks stored in Madagascar’s rainforests, maintain wildlife populations important for tourism in Tanzania, and protect watersheds in

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

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