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)... 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 →

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 →

As Support for Corrupt Dams Collapses, the Indigenous Movement in Honduras Rises For the Sake of Us All

The Guardian recently reported that all international financial  support for the Agua Zarca dam has been withdrawn — which is an important victory in the struggle against the dam and for life, peace and justice in Honduras! The Agua Zarca dam is particularly infamous not just because it was planned  without the consent of the local community and... Continue Reading →

Study Shows Fulfilling Indigenous Land Rights Leads to Greater Protection of Forests

A great study just came out that confirms what indigenous activists and environmentalists have been saying with increasing force in recent years: indigenous communities are the front-line protectors and stewards of the world's natural ecosystems, and supporting indigenous land ownership rights will be absolutely essential to protecting the world's ecosystems and sustaining the Earth's biodiversity in the 21st century... Continue Reading →

A Ray Of Hope For Forests: REDD+ Is Included In Paris Climate Agreement

I just read an interesting article on Mongabay.com that says that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) has made it into the final Paris climate agreement- offering a sign of hope that deforestation may be slowed and perhaps stopped in the upcoming decades. REDD+ is a scheme to pay developing countries, and especially forest-dwelling communities within... Continue Reading →


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