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Jul 2, 2012 posted by Judith Nzyoka by Michelle Kovacevic of Center of International Forestry Research Forests have been largely ignored or ambiguously mentioned in the Rio+20 outcome document, yet again postponing progress on integrating forests into sustainable development objectives, said CIFOR scientists at the conclusion of the Rio+20 summit. “If you look at this […]

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Who said carbon cannot pay for water? PRESA facilitated the expansion of Ecotrust’s work on Trees for Global benefits to enable farmers growing trees in the River Mobuku watershed in Uganda to access carbon payments. Mobuku River watershed lies at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Before a carbon project is implemented, a lot of […]

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A scheme to pay people in developing countries for reducing carbon emissions from deforestation is plagued by ‘leakage’ — trees that aren’t cut down in one forest are just cut down in another to provide people with the resources they would have foregone. A study by an international team of scientists has come up with […]

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By Gerald Kairu Communities engaged in the Trees for Global Benefits carbon project in western Uganda are getting additional income from the medicinal values of a particular tree, but the lucrative benefits are putting the tree in danger, as criminals reap where others have planted. The carbon project, implemented by the Environmental Conservation Trust of […]

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By Gerald Kairu Over 40 farmers in western Uganda are benefiting from a bee-keeping project supported by PRESA and its partner organization. The project enhanced the production and marketing of ecolabelled honey (eco-honey) as an incentive for greater community involvement in managing the River Mobuku watershed. Eco-honey is certified honey that is harvested using environmentally […]

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From the Science for Environment Policy news service Humans are more dependent upon ecosystem services and biodiversity than ever before, according to researchers. A new study has demonstrated that human well-being derived from three major ecosystem services has been increasing, particularly in countries considered to be biodiversity hotspots. The ecosystem services are water provision, biodiversity […]

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By the BBC United Nations climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, have reached a deal to curb climate change, including a fund to help developing countries. Nations endorsed compromise texts drawn up by the Mexican hosts, despite objections from Bolivia. The draft documents say deeper cuts in carbon emissions are needed, but do not establish […]

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The Albertine Rift in western Uganda rises from an altitude of 700 metres to 5,000 metres at the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is a nature paradise of trees, plants, animals, birds and fish. Population increase, and the resultant demand for agricultural land and timber, necessitates ensuring that ecological resources are not exploited to […]

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A carbon project in Malawi where participating farmers get cash for growing trees is the subject of a radio script by Farm Radio Weekly. The script can be used by broadcasters to create a radio programme. Farm Radio Weekly (FRW) was interested in a story on some of the ways smallholder farmers benefit from PRESA. […]

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Amidst worldwide concern over climate change largely blamed on emissions from fossil fuel, there is an appreciation of the role of trees in absorbing carbon dioxide from the air (carbon sequestration). Ongoing destruction of forests is, however, reducing the carbon sequestration services of trees and thereby accelerating climate change. Coffee trees provide income to farmers […]

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