Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology is Already Changing How we Protect the World’s Rainforests

Recently there have been many breakthroughs in commercially available satellite monitoring technology, and especially in how it’s used to protect one of Earth’s most precious terrestrial ecosystems — rainforests. Mongabay just reported on a new set of free, open-source software tools (Collect Earth) that lets any person monitor deforestation and landscape-level changes (and track their causes) […]

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 […]

Jaldapara National Park is a Huge Success Story for Rhinos and Humans

With all of the dire news about the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros recently, it is easy to forget that there are also conservation success stories for some of these species. Mongabay just published a great article on Jaldapara National Park in West Bengal, India, which has led a highly successful effort to protect the […]