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From Desert to Forest: Indigenous Communities Restore 20,000 Hectares of Forest in Mexico

Written by: Juan Mayorga In Tepejillo, on one of the many hills in the southern Mexican municipality of San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca, extreme erosion has transformed the earth into bare rock, making it difficult to imagine that the area used to be home to a...

Healing Coral: Harnessing the Power of NFTs to Fund Coral Restoration

Written by: Stella Muzin Healing Coral doesn't want to save the planet, they want to heal with it. This initiative, officially launched in April of 2022, is not just talking about what they plan to do but actually taking action. By creating ocean-based artworks and virtual...

3 Ways Colombians Are Making an Income While Restoring the Amazon Rainforest

Written by: Victoria Masterson The bioeconomy is becoming big business in Colombia. By protecting and restoring the Amazon rainforest – and cultivating some of its 80,000 plant species – communities are replacing work that once relied on deforestation. Here, we detail three businesses in Colombia that are...

The Great Amazon Land Grab – How Brazil’s Government is Turning Public Land Private, Clearing the Way for Deforestation

Written by: Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, Cynthia S. Simmons, and Robert T. Walker Imagine that several state legislators decide that Yellowstone National Park is too big. Also imagine that, working with federal politicians, they change the law to downsize the park by a million acres, which...

Rights of Nature: Ecuador’s Highest Court Bars Mining Activity in Los Cedros Protected Forest

Written by: Kimberly White  Ecuador has moved to bar mining activity in the Los Cedros Protected Forest in a landmark case. The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has ruled that plans to mine copper and gold in the protected cloud forest violate the rights of nature.  Spanning...

U.N. Science Panel Releases Initial Findings of Upcoming Overview of the Amazon

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Natasha Vizcarra An international panel of 200 scientists has called for a halt to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, saying the biome plays a critical role in global water cycles and regulating climate variability and therefore must be protected. “We are scientists who...

Indigenous Groups Accuse Brazil’s Bolsonaro of Genocide, Call on the ICC to Investigate

Written by: Kimberly White Indigenous groups in Brazil are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for genocide and ecocide.  The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples from Brazil (APIB) filed a statement with the ICC accusing the Bolsonaro administration of genocide and...

Amazonian Deforestation Could Cost Brazilian Agribusiness Hundreds of Billions by 2050

Courtesy of Landscape News Written by: Augusta Dwyer A new study published in Nature Communications has quantified for the first time exactly how much deforestation decreases rainfall in the Amazon rainforest – and has put a price on it.  According to the analysis carried out by scientists at the Centre...

Gabon and Costa Rica: International Environmental Law Must be Strengthened to Tackle Wildlife Crime, Prevent Future Pandemics

Written by: Kimberly White  Gabon and Costa Rica have joined together to call for more ambitious international environmental law to tackle wildlife crime.  The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reports that more than one million species already face extinction. Biodiversity decline can...

Lessons Learned From a Decade of REDD+ in Guyana

Courtesy of Forests News Written by: Gloria Pallares Guyana, meaning “land of water,” is one of the smallest, most densely forested countries in South America. It is also an important part of the Amazon biome. In 2009, the country made a landmark pact with Norway to maintain...
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