Colombia Adds 2,192 mi² of Indigenous Reserves to Stop Deforestation and Prepare for Climate Change

The Colombian government recently announced the expansion of the two indigenous reserves of Puerto Sabalo-Los Monos and Monochoa in Caquetá province by an amazing 567,890 hectares (2,192 mi²) — creating a connected area greater than the size of Honduras!  The primary aims of these new reserves are to help stop deforestation and forest degradation, connect previously isolated natural […]

How Smallholder Tree Plantations Are Contributing to the Sustainability of Vietnam’s Forests

The Shift toward Smallholder Production and Sustainable Plantations The Guardian recently ran a very interesting photo-essay on how smallholder tree plantations are helping prevent deforestation and “reforest” Vietnam.  This is somewhat surprising because tree plantations tend to be mono-cultures that support much lower levels of biodiversity than natural forests.  In addition, the foreign fast-growing species being planted in Vietnam are […]

Protection of the Greater One-Horned Rhino is a Great Conservation Success Story

The world has successfully brought the greater one-horned rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction and ensured it now has a stable and growing population of over 3,500 individuals. That is the topic of a recent Mongabay article telling the story of the rhino’s conservation in Nepal, which has involved everything from the deployment of 1,500 national troops […]

Innovative Community-Based Conservation Offers Hope for the Lacandon Rainforest

Mongabay recently published an excellent article by Jonathan Levinson about efforts to save the Lacandon Rainforest, which is one of the last, largest remaining natural areas in Mexico and Guatemala (comprising 1.9 million hectares or 7,335 mi²) and one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world. This rainforest region has an estimated 1,500 tree species, over 300 […]