Nature’s role comes through in historic climate agreement

Mountains in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. (© Giuseppe Milo/Flickr Creative Commons) Climate negotiators in Paris approved a landmark climate change agreement on Saturday, with the role of nature featured prominently as a solution to climate change. The pact was widely praised by environmental and scientific organizations, including Conservation International (CI). Among the accomplishments of the negotiations were the overall inclusion of nature…

Despite Political Unrest, Conservation Work Continues in DRC

Female orphan bonobo at a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By advancing the Bonobo Conservation Concession initiative, CI and partners hope to preserve bonobo habitat while building more sustainable livelihoods for local communities. (© Cyril Ruoso/JH Editorial/Minden Pictures) Nearly 15 years of working in the environmental field have made clear to me that executing conservation projects and programs requires careful planning ……

5 Years Later, Peruvian Farmers Reveal New Attitudes Toward Forest Protection

Deforestation pressure from small-scale agriculture in Peru’s Alto Mayo region is being reduced through innovative livelihood programs like CI’s Conservation Stewards Program. (© CI/photo by Carmen Noriega) I first visited Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest in 2008. At the time, deforestation rates there were among the highest in the country. CI-Peru wanted to find a way to help communities and Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected…

What I’ve Learned about Protecting Indonesian Forests from Rural China

I work on a sustainable agriculture project in North Sumatra that aims to balance agriculture development and conservation of critical ecosystems. I recently learned some valuable lessons that could impact my work from an unexpected source: a Chinese village with remarkable similarities to my own. Tea plantation on the edge of the forest in rural China. CI’s Conservation Stewards Program provides incentives for local communities to keep…

In the Colombian Amazon, Men and Women Share Conservation Benefits

This blog is the eighth post in Human Nature’s “Gender + Conservation” blog series. In Colombia, CI recently spent two months conducting interviews with community members in the Amazon region to better understand how men and women are impacted by conservation efforts. (© Conservation International/photo by Erwin Palacios) Deep in the Amazonian rainforest of southern Colombia, the thunderous Rio Caquetá winds through the…

A big winner in the Paris Agreement: Forests

Rainforest in Papua New Guinea. The world’s tropical forests store as much as a quarter of global carbon; their protection is vital to fight climate change. (© Trond Larsen) Forests scored a crucial victory in the Paris Agreement. While its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol, did not create or endorse any specific method for incentivizing reductions in deforestation, the new agreement explicitly endorses a nature-based initiative called REDD+….

Paris climate pact to enter into force ahead of schedule

Early morning mist envelops a forest in Papua New Guinea. Tropical forests are incredibly effective at storing carbon — they hold as much as a quarter of the world’s carbon and represent at least 30 percent of the solution to limiting carbon emissions. (© Conservation International/photo by Russell A. Mittermeier) What was once heralded as impossible has happened: The Paris climate agreement will officially enter into force in early November….

Despite Challenges, Progress Toward Fisheries Recovery in the Colombian Amazon

In December 2012, I blogged about a cool community project in the Colombian Amazon’s lower Caqueta and Apaporis river basins. Camp site recently built by a community in the Colombian Amazon to house villagers while they patrol their forests, rivers and lakes. (© Conservation International/photo by Margarita Mora) Through the implementation of conservation agreements, this initiative addresses over-harvesting by commercial fishermen and improves…

What on Earth is a ‘non-timber forest product’?

A forest in the Queretaro Province of Mexico. (© Robin Moore/ iLCP) Editor’s note: From “climate adaptation” to “blue carbon,” from “landscape approach” to “ecosystem services,” environmental jargon is everywhere these days. Conservation International’s Human Nature blog looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series we’re calling “What on Earth?” In this installment, we break down “non-timber forest products,” which benefit…

For critical climate change action, Paris Agreement just the beginning

Red mangroves in the Bahamas. Protecting and restoring ecosystems is an important part of the solution to climate change; not only do mangroves, tropical forests and other ecosystems absorb carbon from the atmosphere, they also can help communities adapt to climate change impacts. (© Jeff Yonover) Editor’s note: In December, the world’s nations made the biggest commitment to climate change action to date with the Paris Agreement . The global…

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