Forests : Features

There are 42 documents in this section.

  • Forests - a planetary treasure

    1 August 2000

    The decline of tropical forests represents the biggest land-use change of its scale and speed in human history. It may soon by followed by a similar decline of boreal (northern) forests. Yet, says Norman Myers we have scarcely begun to ask ourselves what we are losing along the way. Here he explores the real nature of this forest treasure house and tots up some of the damaging consequences of grandscale destruction.

  • Helping people to save the forests

    1 August 2000

    The destruction of the world's forests can only be halted if governments and foresters rediscover the historic links between forests and people says Jeff McNeely in this global overview.

  • Global action

    1 August 2000

    Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud reviews the major international efforts developed over the past decade to save the world's forest.

  • Where do we go from here?

    1 August 2000

    How can local efforts to save the forest feed into and be supported by national and international policies? Here Don Gilmour suggests ways to create new two-way links.

  • Forests of hope (also see our 7 country reports below)

    1 August 2000

    Christian Kuchli introduces our reports from around the world on people-centred successes in caring for the forest.

  • Tanzania - a second garden of eden

    1 August 2000

    The 'tree gardens' of the Chagga people of Mount Kilimanjaro provide an inspiring model of how tropical rainforests can be sustainably managed. Here Christian Kuchli describes what makes the economic system of the Chagga so successful, despite growing numbers.

  • Costa Rica - restoring hope in the clouds

    1 August 2000

    The largest tract of cloud forest in Central America, spanning the Talamanca mountains in Costa Rica and Panama, is under pressure from a rapidly growing population. Lisa Bowen travelled to the area to report on a project which aims to help people in the buffer zone improve their incomes and protect the forest.

  • Canada - saving the wilderness

    1 August 2000

    A small band of Aborginal people in the interior of British Colombia in Canada have won a famous victory in saving some of their ancestral land and protecting a unique 1000 square kilometre wilderness from the loggers. Jon Tinker reports.

  • Papua New Guinea - saying 'no' to Asian loggers

    1 August 2000

    Unlike many politicians, the desperately poor Bainings people in the mountains of Papua New Guinea have found the courage to resist the bribes of Asian loggers. Nicola Baird explains how.

  • Brazil - struggle for the Indian Amazon

    1 August 2000

    Throughout the Amazon region, small and apparently powerless indigenous groups have in recent years forced government recognition of their land rights and, in many cases, halted destructive development of their lands - expansion of cattle ranching, illegal logging, goldmining, and the construction of large hydroelectric plants.Stephan Schwartzman reports.