GFW News Roundup: Forest stories from around the world that demonstrate the power of spatial analysis and open data in improving management of forest landscapes.
This News Roundup was in collaboration with the Forest Legality Alliance.
Top Reads of the Week:
“How Indonesian forest law is being used against poor people,” 16 August, Jakarta Post
At A Glance: Indonesia’s Forest Law No. 18/2003 on Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction, ostensibly intended to protect the forests from organized crime and illegal logging, is instead being used to criminalize Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
“Commentary: Can Certification Save Borneo’s Forests?,” 16 August, Jakarta Globe
At A Glance: The future of Borneo’s environment lies in its forests. These harbor wildlife, provide free meat and products to people, prevent floods and erosion, and, oh yeah, they allow us to breathe oxygen and keep the rising global temperature under control to some extent. Whatever politicians, business people or others tell you, without forests, the island of Borneo as a functioning system would be lost.
“Trees at risk in warming Andes upland forests,” 17 August, RTCC
At A Glance: Scientists have known for years that, in a warming world, many living things try to move uphill to seek survival where the air is cooler. But not all species are able to move fast enough. Unlike animals, trees and other sorts of vegetation cannot move quickly to escape the heat. And for some of them, it seems, there is no survival option available. They simply die.