Forests : Features

There are 42 documents in this section.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Regaining paradise in Lombok

    27 November 2003

    A slump in the travel industry has left many on the Indonesian island of Lombok without employment. Forced onto the land, they have illegally cleared large swathes of forest in order to grow food - threatening the forests as well as the island's water supplies. But now the farmers are replanting trees, helping to protect the natural forest and at the same time improve their livelihoods, as Jeff Sayer reports.

  • Saving Madagascar's sacred forests

    19 September 2003

    Madagascar, one of the world's biodiveristy hotspots, has already lost at least 80 per cent of its original forest cover - with over half this loss in the last 100 years. A growing population has put pressure on the country's forests. Illegal felling of trees for firewood, charcoal and rice growing is threatening the country's unique plant and animal species. But the new management of Sakoantovo forest now in the hands of local Mahafaly people could show the way forward, as Richard Hamilton reports.

  • Mining threatens last of Ghana's forests

    24 March 2003

    Two million acres of forest land is lost annually to mining in Ghana, with mining concessions taking over 70 per cent of the total land area. Now gold mining companies threaten to destroy much of the remaining forest, according to a report from the World Rainforest Movement.

  • Greening the palm oil industry could help save Indonesia's forests

    16 December 2002

    The world's growing demand for palm oil - a major ingredient of soap, moisturiser, lipstick and food stuffs - is likely to lead to a doubling in the area of oil palm plantations in Indonesia, threatening the country's already dwindling forests, and the animals that depend on them. Jamie Grant and Emma Duncan report.

  • Put a cork in it!

    9 December 2002

    Cork harvesting has been a way of life in the Mediterranean for at least a thousand years. The forests are ancient, with cork oak trees living for up to 600 years. But the advent of plastic and screw top alternatives to natural cork stoppers is placing cork oak forests - and the people and wildlife that depend on them - under threat. Tanya Petersen reports.

  • Amazon forest faces climate catastrophe

    26 November 2002

    The Amazon basin - which contains 60 per cent of the world's rainforest - is threatened on two fronts: 'business as usual' emissions of greenhouse gases and accelerating deforestation for commercial development. The result, says a new authoritative report, could be devastating - not only for South America but for the global climate.

  • The nut that could help save the Amazon

    19 November 2002

    The Brazil nut tree is part of the delicate web of life in the Amazon - and its harvesters are seen as the 'guardians' of the forest. However, falling prices and high transport costs are threatening this industry run mainly by small family businesses. Stephanie Boyd reports from Peru on the plight now facing the Brazil nut harvesters.

  • High price of illegal logging

    1 August 2002

    Extensive floods in Indonesia during early 2002 killed hundreds of people, destroyed thousands of homes, damaged thousands of hectares of rice paddy fields, and inundated Indonesian insurance companies with flood-related claims. Rampant deforestation, much of it from illegal logging, has destroyed forests that stabilize soils and regulate river flow, causing record floods and landslides. Here Janet Larsen outlines the true economic and ecological cost of illegal logging.

  • Oil palm - spreading 'too fast'

    19 February 2002

    Oil palm plantations currently extend over millions of hectares of forest lands throughout the tropics. Further plantations are either being implemented or promoted in almost every Southern country where soil, water and solar energy fill the requirements of this palm. But says the World Rainforest Movement, most plantations result in deforestation, having even worse impacts than destructive industrial logging.

  • Bush meat: a disappearing abundance

    14 June 2001

    Villagers around Cameroon's Lobeke National Park speak of a time when there were so many animals they literally found their supper on their doorsteps. Now they have to go deep into the forests to find the animals to hunt. It is perhaps this fact more than any other that is helping to convince them not to poach if they are to continue to reap the benefits of the forest for generations to come.