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Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

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Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

28 May 2020

Khonoma, Nagaland, India

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Despite the lockdown and loss of tourism income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the village of Kohonoma in India has been able to maintain a high level of food security for its people. Because of previous legal changes ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Klaus Sieg

28 February 2020

Hamburg, Germany

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The Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber in Germany is using innovative methods to help determine timber products’ origins in order to stop illegal wood trading. Scientists can identify wood’s anatomical featu...

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Monica Pelliccia

29 January 2020

Desulo, Sardinia, Italy

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Sardinia's vast forests are seeing the comeback of an ancient farming practice known as silvopasture which has potential as a climate solution. The ancient technique combines trees with forage plants and livestock and...

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Leilani Chavez

28 November 2019

Sebaste, Antique, Philippines

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In order to protect the endangered rufous-headed hornbill, endemic to the islands of Antique and Negros in the Philippines, an organization has teamed up with local schools to extend its conservation efforts. Each sch...

Mongabay

Fred Kockott

19 November 2019

Mozambique

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Protecting forests requires collaboration between conservation groups and government authorities. In Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation is working with support of the Mozambique government to protect the Zinave Na...

The Christian Science Monitor

Thomas Shults

30 July 2019

India

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Wildlife sanctuaries and monitoring technologies are helping to protect endangered species. In India, a decade of policies aimed toward increasing the number of Bengal tigers is proving effective, in some areas leadin...

The New York Times

Jose A. Del Real

24 June 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FireMap is a new program that uses real-time data to predict the direction of wildfires. In Southern California, where the tool is being tested, there is a huge potential for positive impact - fires in California swep...

High Country News

Chris Berdik

13 May 2019

Forks, Washington, United States

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In an effort to decrease noise pollution in natural spaces across the country, Quiet Parks International is seeking to certify wildlife places that are noise-free. Using data collection, the organization is able to me...

Undark

Michele Catanzaro

1 May 2019

Budongo forest, Uganda

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In Western Uganda’s Budongo forest, the Budongo Conservation Field Station is saving chimpanzees by giving poachers the opportunity to do something different. The organization operates on two levels: First, employing ...

Mongabay

Wudan Yan

23 April 2019

Kyaiklat, Myanmar

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Recycled waste from rice mills offers an alternative to mangrove forests as a fuel source. In the Irrawaddy Delta in Myanmar, rice mills are beginning to use their byproducts to create rice-husk briquettes. The logs, ...

The New York Times

Margaret Renkl

22 April 2019

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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In Nashville, a city better known for its music than its wildlife, a flock of sheep has become a tool for environmental preservation. It’s a way to “manage invasive vegetation in a safe, ecologically sensitive and cos...

Pacific Standard

Kimberley Brown

16 April 2019

Ecuador

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The indigenous Cofan community in Ecuador, battling miners and other seeking to use their ancestral land, have a new tool to fight them: mapping. By working with non-profits who trained locals to use data and GPS tech...

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Adele Peters

15 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The technology company Pachama has developed a way to combine “satellite, drone, and lidar images” to estimate the size of trees and forests around the globe. Its founders were motivated by the carbon offset industry....

Mongabay

Jorge Rodríguez

11 February 2019

Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala

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Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala, is known for its potatoes. The produce is especially good because of a consistent supply of high quality water from its forests, as well as the use of leaf litter as organic fertil...

Hakai Magazine

Leslie Anthony

22 January 2019

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada

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On the British Columbia group of islands called Haida Gwaii, a project called Restoring Balance is working to lessen invasive mammals and restore the ecosystem to what it once was. A key part of this was the targeted ...

Mongabay

Shreya Dasgupta

3 January 2019

Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Bioacoustics, a method for studying sound in forests, has some powerful implications for conservation. For example, the U.S.-based non-profit Rainforest Connection used a remote smartphone network to discover logging ...

Mongabay

Anna-Catherine Brigida

12 December 2018

Río Sarstún, Guatemala

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After initially not involving the indigenous Q’eqchi community in designating land for the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area – land that this community lives on – the government and the Q’eqchi since partnered together to...

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Nithin Coca

6 December 2018

Japan

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Nishiawakura, a village in Japan, was once the site of complete forest devastation due to the need for timber during and after World War II. Through trial and error, the country has learned what does and doesn't work ...

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Virginia Gewin

23 October 2018

Lima, Peru

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At Expo Amazonica in Lima, chefs are working to build a taste for traditional Amazonian foods, in an effort to promote biodiversity conservation and slow deforestation. But against a huge global demand for palm oil, g...

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Jacky Achan

30 September 2018

Uganda

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Clean cookstoves can reduce indoor air pollution, along with a host of other social and environmental benefits. However, uptake has been slow in countries such as Uganda because such stoves tend to be more expensive f...

Mongabay

Rishika Pardikar

25 September 2018

Karnataka, India

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In rural communities, firewood extraction hurts both human health and wildlife habitat. In India, a group of conservationists are helping villages switch from wood-burning to liquified petroleum gas. While logistics a...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 September 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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Moving from an ineffective approach of using pit toilets, communities in Rwanda are finding success through the implementation of a biogas system. This effort, part of a government-led initiative to reduce deforestati...

Daily Monitor

Bill Oketch

19 September 2018

Otuke, Uganda

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In a town in Uganda, women are taking control of their financial stability by joining together to market shea butter. Through a team effort, the women are able to make and sell lotion, bathing soap, edible oil and jel...

High Country News

Carl Segerstrom

5 September 2018

Dufur, Oregon, United States

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In the town of Dufur, Oregon, local residents have been acting as firefighters to protect their fields and homes, using farming equipment to bury dry vegetation and tanks of water to put out the flames. While this has...

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