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World forest cover is still on decline...

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Forests & Land Management 
From The Earth Policy Institute, by Emily E. Adams

Forests provide many important goods, such as timber and paper. They also supply essential services—for example, they filter water, control water runoff, protect soil, regulate climate, cycle and store nutrients, and provide habitat for countless animal species and space for recreation.

Forests cover 31 percent of the world’s land surface, just over 4 billion hectares. (One hectare = 2.47 acres.) This is down from the pre-industrial area of...

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Forests are crucial to green growth and sustainable societies (new UN report)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, March 31, 2014, In : Forests & Land Management 
Reproduced from: http://phys.org/news/2014-03-forests-crucial-green-growth.html


The value of forests and tree-based ecosystems extends far beyond carbon sequestration; they are the foundation of sustainable societies. (Photo credit: Maria Spiliotopoulou, Nymfeo 2007)

A new report, launched in Jakarta, Indonesia on 21 March - the International Day of Forests – promotes REDD+ (*) and the Green Economy as together providing a new pathway to sustainable development that can benefit all nations. I...

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A certified community forest enterprise in Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 
This video tells the story of Ixtlán de Juárez, an indigenous community in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The community is operating its own forestry company and was awarded FSC certification in 2011. The video celebrates the success of the community and shows the benefits brought by FSC.
Certification has built confidence within the community and improved workers conditions with regard to salaries, social security and safety. Ixtlán has also developed impact assessment plans and enhanced th...

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How Google Earth helped find Mozambique's lost forest of Mount Mabu

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 

Deep within the heart of the African nation of Mozambique, there stands a mountain.
Unknown to scientists and mostly undisturbed by humans since, well, since perhaps the dawn of our species, this mysterious mountain, clothed in dense green virgin rainforest, rises up from a golden ocean of savannah.
In addition to the ecological isolation by the surrounding savannah, the mountain is isolated due to political events; the civil war that ravaged parts of Mozambique from 1977 to 1992 also helped ...


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Land take Assessment by the European Environment Agency (June 2013)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, June 27, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 
Land take by the expansion of residential areas and construction sites is the main cause of the increase in the coverage of urban land at the European level. 

Agricultural zones and, to a lesser extent, forests and semi-natural and natural areas, are disappearing in favour of the development of artificial surfaces. This affects biodiversity since it decreases habitats, the living space of a number of species, and fragments the landscapes that support and connect them. 
The annual land take in E...


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World Forests Summit, March 2013 – Achieving sustainable forest management on a global scale

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, February 21, 2013, In : Forests & Land Management 

March 5th-6th 2013 • Stockholm, Sweden.

The World Forests Summit, organised by The Economist, will gather leading experts from around the world to identify common ground and discuss mechanisms for forest stakeholders to work together differently.

Industry leaders, government ministers, scientists and activists will meet to agree the framework for future sustainable management of a precious global resource.

Confirmed speakers include:
• James Astill, Political Editor, The Economist (auth...


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Restoring world’s forests proven to boost local economies and reduce poverty

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN). A 5-year programme to restore forest landscapes in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has demonstrated their crucial role in creating jobs and boosting incomes for local residents.

Implemented between 2007 to 2011 by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) with the support of the Netherlands government, the Livelihoods and Landscapes strategy was designed to strengthen the resilience of forest landscapes...


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Top 10 Reasons Why Trees Are Valuable and Important

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, December 14, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Trees are essential to life as we know it and are the ground troops on an environmental frontline. Our existing forest and the trees we plant work in tandem to make a better world.

1. Trees Produce Oxygen

Let's face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don't realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breathe.

2. Trees Clean the Soil

The t...


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Forests and reforestation (article in Greek)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Friday, August 3, 2012, In : Forests & Land Management 

Το δάσος…

  • είναι ένα σπάνιο οικοσύστημα που εκτελεί χιλιάδες λειτουργίες και φιλοξενεί χιλιάδες ζωντανούς οργανισμούς

  • παράγει πολλά από τα προϊόντα που χρησιμοποιεί ο άνθρωπος

  • αυξάνει τη βροχόπτωση και φιλτράρει, συγκρατεί και αποθηκεύει το νερό

  • συγκρατεί τους δ...

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