Forests : Features

There are 42 documents in this section.

  • South African plantations need further controls

    23 March 2007

    Up to 40 per cent of all timber plantations in South Africa may be illegal. This is partly due to the lack of plantation legislation before 1972. But even now, with the new Water Act legislation, older plantations may not go through the full licencing process, despite the fact that they cause a great deal of damage to the environment and rural communities. Wally Menne, chairman of the environmental organization, Timberwatch, reports.

  • New plan to save Costa Rica's national parks

    17 July 2006

    Twenty per cent of Costa Rica's terrority has been granted 'protected status', yet conservationists worry that biodiversity remains threatened without long-term financial commitment to the country's national parks.

  • Marketing Ghana's forests with care

    5 June 2006

    Less than 10 per cent of Ghana rainforest - part of one of the world's richest and most diverse ecosystems - survives. And what is left is under grave threat, jeopardising the country's economic future and the wellbeing of its people. But now an effort is being made to manage what is left in a sustainable way, as Julia Cass reports. _

  • New guide to sustainable wood flooring

    28 March 2006

    The darker shades of exotic hardwoods are the new fashion inflooring and manufacturing companies are turning to tropicalcountries to satisfy consumer demand. But, says the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), shoppers should beware of false claims that the flooring is from sustainable sources

  • SUCCESS STORY: A forest is born in India

    14 October 2005

    Seeds obtained from the droppings of civet cats and other animals can give birth to a rainforest. This simple truth has been put into practice by the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), working in the Anamalai ranges at the tail end of India's Western Ghats. The Foundation has successfully demonstrated how denuded rainforests can be restored, with the dual objective of biological conservation and creating a transit corridor for animals.

  • Brazil's other disappearing rainforest

    29 September 2005

    Brazil's gigantic Atlantic Forest contains more species of birds than in the whole of Europe. But it has been decimated to a tiny fraction of its size over the past few decades - and the destruction is continuing even now, says this graphic report from Aljazeera.

  • Good news among the gloom from Asia's forests

    12 April 2005

    Asia's forests, covering nearly 700 million hectares - or about 18 per cent of the world's total - are being destroyed at an alarming rate. But says a new book there is also a lot of good news about forest conservation in the region.

  • Unchecked deforestation endangers Malawi ecosystems

    17 December 2004

    Deforestation for charcoal burning, slash and burn cultivation, and tobacco curing is threatening human survival and the entire ecosystem of this African rift country. Fresh water has turned saline along the shore of Lake Malawi, and wildlife habitat is disappearing as a result of widespread logging, reports Charles Mkoka.

  • Profile: Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

    21 October 2004

    The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize was this month awarded to Professor Wangari Maathai, for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace." Here we republish a profile of the founder of the Green Belt Movement which has planted more than 30 million trees across Africa. This first appeared in the millennium issue of People & the Planet magazine soon after the first anniversary of her successful battle to save Karura Forest,­ a vital lung for Kenya's ever-expanding capital. Dr Maathai now serves as assistant minister of environment, natural resource and wildlife in the Kenyan government of President Kibaki.

  • Chocolate offers new hope for saving endangered rainforest

    11 December 2003

    Good news for chocolate lovers: your sweet tooth could help save one of the world's most endangered rainforests, the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. In a study released by the Worldwatch Institute, researchers Chris Bright and Radhika Sarin outline how cocoa-the main ingredient in chocolate-could be grown in a way that would help restore the northern part of the Atlantic Forest biome, while encouraging other forms of development that preserve forest instead of destroying it.