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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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Attitudes towards biodiversity - Eurobarometer 2013 (Reports III)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Monday, December 16, 2013, In : European Union 
Flash Eurobarometer 379 on "Attitudes towards biodiversity"
Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment 
Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Research and Speechwriting” Unit)

New Flash Eurobarometer survey shows attitudes towards biodiversity in the EU. The awareness of biodiversity increases in Europe, especially Austrians and Germans are street-smart with the w...

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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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Should we turn deserts into carbon-sucking tree plantations?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Climate change 
Not all scientists agree that planting more and more trees can help with the climate change and CO2 problems, but here is an interesting idea about tree planting in deserts, presented at grist.org by John Upton.


To fight climate change, some scientists think we should vegetate the hell out of deserts. The latest such idea calls for large plantations of a hardy species of Central American tree to be planted in near-coastal desert areas and irrigated with desalinated water.

While forests soak up ...


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The World’s Most Amazing Trees!! (You'll love this!)

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Global 
In this website you can enjoy a wonderful collection of photos of "the world's most amazing trees"!
I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining I was there, touching these trees!

Here are some of them (in the above link, you'll find many more):


The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree



The Circus Tree



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Encouraging news from the US: wild animals stand by each other!

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Environment 
Happy August everyone!
I read this encouraging piece of news on Reuters

The return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park may be helping imperiled grizzly bears to survive by keeping elk herds on the move and preventing them from destroying berries that are a staple food for grizzlies, according to a new study.

In the mid-1990s, the U.S. government released fewer than 100 wolves into the park and the wilderness near Salmon, Idaho, to restore an iconic Western animal that had been hunted, trap...


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Forests, health and climate change: what is the way forward?

Posted by Maria Spiliotopoulou on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Climate change 

Forests are essential to our survival and well-being. Forests clean our air, our water, our soil and they regulate our climate, amongst many other things. Trees and forests are not always associated with urban landscapes. However, there too they provide invaluable, often invisible, services. Simply by acting as 'green oasis' in our concrete jungles, they offer recreation and health services for many European citizens.

How many of us love strolling through parks and green spaces in cities, te...


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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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