“Conversations With the Earth”: Why We Should All Listen to Indigenous Peoples More in 2018

Welcome to 2018.  With a new year comes new thinking, and along those lines I'd like to focus on the "Conversations with the Earth" project by biologist and traditional knowledge researcher Gleb Raygorodetsky (who is also author of the new book  Archipelago of Hope). Conversations with the Earth features videos and photo stories of indigenous communities who are... Continue Reading →

More Evidence that Community-Managed Rainforests are Best at Preventing Deforestation

With tropical deforestation rates so high these days and many of the world's species in peril as a result of a man-made global Sixth Extinction Event in the making, it can be difficult to remember that there are many promising new strategies to permanently protect the world's forests. These range from corporate zero-deforestation pledges to new satellite monitoring... Continue Reading →

People are the Solution: Three Examples of Community-Based Conservation that are Thriving even under the Most Difficult Conditions

There has been a lot of talk recently about the Earth's impending (or current) 6th Mass Extinction event, climate change and our ever-increasing human population — and especially how the increase in the number of people on the planet is driving the former two crises. While it is undoubtedly true that more people means more use of... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

“Nature Needs Half” — How to Protect the Earth, Support Indigenous Communities and Avert the Global Extinction Crisis

An exciting new study just came out that explores the opportunity to protect half of the world's natural habitat and thus avert the current global extinction crisis — and the good news is that in most of the world this goal is still in reach. Scientists, conservationists, lovers of wildlife (and plants, fungi and other life forms!) have been... Continue Reading →


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