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Unsung heroes: the life of a wildlife ranger in the Congo

via MongaBay | Thu November 03, 2011
The effort to save wildlife from destruction worldwide has many heroes. Some receive accolades for their work, but others live in obscurity, doing good—sometimes even dangerous—work everyday with little recognition.

Bolivia cancels controversial Amazon highway

via AFP | Sun October 23, 2011
Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Friday he was scrapping a hugely controversial plan to build a highway through an Amazon ecological reserve that has triggered widespread protests.

Indonesian President vows to dedicate himself to forest preservation

via Eco-Business | Wed September 28, 2011
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said, during the last three years of his presidency, he would dedicate himself to efforts to preserve the country’s forests.

New program to compensate poor for environmental protection

via MongaBay | Tue September 13, 2011
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has introduced a new program, Bolsa Verde (Green Allowance), to compensate the poor for environmental protection, reports Globo News.

Doubling of wintering Monarch butterflies in the Mexican Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

GNN staff | Tue August 09, 2011
Deforestation has decreased and reforestation initiatives have resulted in more than five million organically planted trees since 1997. Along with economic alternatives for the local communities as well as effective law enforcement against harmful practices, the future for the wintering Monarch butterflies seems bright.

Tasmanian Forest Deal Brings End to a Conflict While Saving Trees

GNN staff | Fri August 05, 2011
The federal Australian government has signed a deal with Tasmania which ensures the preservation of, at least, 430,000 hectars of ancient high conservation value forests.

Indonesia to recognize rights of forest communities, indigenous peoples

via Mongabay | Fri July 15, 2011
Indonesia will 'recognize, respect and protect' the rights of traditional forest users, including indigenous people, as it works to slow deforestation, reports the Rights and Resources Initiative, a coalition of NGOs.

Palm oil labeling bill passes in Australia’s Senate

GNN staff | Sun July 03, 2011
A bill recently rejected by the Senate Community Affairs Committee was passed by the Australian Senate. The bill called the Amended Truth in Labeling requires all products containing palm oil to be explicitly labeled as such. The bill was originally the incentive of Independent senator Nick Xenophon, as a means for Australian consumers to be aware of products containing palm oil.

Congo to plant a million hectares of trees by 2020

via Reuters | Sat July 02, 2011
The Republic of Congo will plant 1 million hectares of trees by 2020 to restore degraded forest and provide wood for paper and fuel, the president said on Friday.

European forests protection backed by a legally binding agreement

GNN staff | Sat June 18, 2011
Delegates from 46 different nations have come together and signed a legally binding agreement on forest management. Forest ministers from across Europe have gathered for a three day summit - the sixth Forest Europe conference - in Oslo to shape a resolution regarding the management of Europe's forests, which is estimated to cover 50 percent of the land surface area.

FAO reports a 25 percent reduction in global rainforest destruction

GNN staff | Fri June 03, 2011
The last decade saw the decrease in rainforest destruction by 25 percent according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The deforestation of the worlds three largest regions of rainforest, the Amazon, the Congo and the Borneo Mekong dropped by a quarter between 2000 and 2010.

States unite to protect primeval European forests

via WWF | Sun May 29, 2011
Europes largest areas of old growth forests outside Russia are to be protected across the seven country span of the Carpathian Mountains.

Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights

via PV Pulse | Tue May 24, 2011
With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth, which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans.

Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

Story contains video via Mongabay | Tue May 17, 2011
Cole Rasenberger's quest to save forests in the US South started as a school assignment to 'be an activist' about something important to him. However, after learning from Dogwood Alliance that coastal forests in North Carolina are being destroyed to make throw-away paper packaging for big fast food companies—such as McDonalds and KFC—Cole Rasenberger, at the age of 8, became more than an activist; he became an environmental leader!

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