News and discussion about forest mapping and land tenure in the Congo Basin

Actualités et analyses sur la cartographie et les droits aux terres dans le bassin du Congo

News Round-up: Feb 17 – March 2, 2014

News Round-up: Feb 17 – March 2, 2014

SOCO to be exempt of tax for Virunga operations – February 17, 2014 A stabilisation clause in the agreement signed between oil exploration company SOCO International and the DR Congo government in 2010 means that SOCO is exempt from tax and environmental protection legislation in the country. http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2014/soco-to-be-exempt-of-tax-for-virunga-operations/   Conservation groups launch new whistleblower site for wildlife and forest crimes…

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News Round-up: Jan 20 - Feb 9 2014

News Round-up: Jan 20 – Feb 9 2014

Cultural constraints, dearth of data limit forests’ role in food security – January 28, 2014 Forests can play a larger role in sustainably feeding a growing global population, but their contribution is hampered by cultural factors and limited data on the nutritional composition of forest food sources, a new review says. http://www.trust.org/item/20140128011424-j2arf/?source=hppartner Through careful management, indigenous people have shaped Asian…

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News Round-up: January 6-19, 2014

News Round-up: January 6-19, 2014

All of Earth’s problems in one interactive view (including deforestation but you will need the Google Earth Plug In) – January 6, 2014 Every now and then a scientific paper or independent study publishes findings that detail the extent of our planet’s problems. Pollution at an all time high. Greenhouse gases causing global warming. Extreme climate phenomena. Nuclear radiation leaks….

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News Round-up: December 9 – 22, 2013

News Round-up: December 9 – 22, 2013

World Bank Approves Rules Unlocking $390 Million For Forest Conservation – December 9, 2013 The World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility today approved the methodological framework for its Carbon Fund, laying the foundation for the disbursal of nearly $390 million to pilot performance-based conservation programs in the developing world http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10100&section=news_articles&eod=1 Forest loss in the Congo is up to 40% higher…

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News Round-up: Nov 25 – Dec 8, 2013

News Round-up: Nov 25 – Dec 8, 2013

Africa: Help the People, Save the Trees – December 3, 2013 Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is being described by many as the “Forest COP” http://allafrica.com/stories/201312051327.html…

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