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Can development and conservation go hand in hand in Colombia’s Orinoquia region?

by Glenn Hyman| Aug 10, 2017 A diverse group of environmental and private sector specialists met in Bogotá last week to discuss how to achieve sustainable development in Colombia’s Orinoquia region. Meeting participants explored possible scenarios of sustainable development that reconcile nature protection and improve human well-being. Organized by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), …

ASEAN calls for agroforestry guidelines

BY ROB FINLAYSON · JULY 11, 2017 Agroforestry guidelines are to be established by ASEAN to help its member states share the benefits with their 650 million citizens thanks to the leadership of the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry. The development of the guidelines for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formally …

Land-rights policies in Latin America still fall short, studies show

By: BARBARA FRASER JUNE 18, 2017 Scientists present their findings on forest tenure and land use at a major conference in Peru Peru – Latin American countries have made progress in granting land rights to communities in recent years. Nevertheless, policies often fail to consider the diversity of those communities and the different ways they use their land. …

Researcher examines biochar use in forests

Reported by: Matthew Weaver Research is underway that could lead to more uses for waste wood, a U.S. Forest Service researcher says. Instead of thinning stands to boost productivity and burning the resulting slashpiles, researchers believe turning it into biochar — a supplement made of charred biological matter — would be better for long-term carbon storage …

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