A broad partnership of indigenous coalitions and land rights and research organizations today launched LandMark, the first online, interactive global platform to map lands collectively held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities. The platform was created to fill a critical gap in indigenous and community rights and make clear that these lands are not vacant, idle or available to outsiders.
The relatively modest investments needed to secure the forest rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities will generate significant returns—economically, socially and environmentally—according to a working paper, which finds that protecting forest rights in Guatemala and Brazil will avert 5.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The world’s legally recognized community forests hold about 37 billion tonnes of carbon, about 29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world.
Los bosques tropicales del mundo están en problemas serios, así lo confirman los nuevos análisis satelitales de la Universidad de Maryland y Google, publicados hoy en Global Forest Watch.
Les forêts tropicales du monde sont menacées, confirme des nouvelles données satellites de l'Université du Maryland et Google et publiées aujourd'hui sur Global Forest Watch.
The world lost 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of trees in 2014, more than half of it in the tropics.
Sete anos atrás, a Polícia Ambiental do Estado de São Paulo iniciou um plano para combater o comércio ilegal de madeira por meio de melhorias na fiscalização. Em 2011, durante uma de suas mais ambiciosas operações de fiscalização, agentes da Polícia Ambiental inspecionaram quase 350 caminhões e mais de 60 serrarias em apenas dois dias. Descobrindo diversas infrações, os agentes emitiram 50 autuações e aplicaram um total de R$2,2 milhões (US$ 1,4 milhões) em multas.
Thanks to an innovative program, Brazil’s São Paulo State Environmental Police inspected nearly 350 trucks and more than 60 lumberyards in just two days, issuing 50 violation notices and $1.4 million in fines.
Local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America can lose access to critical resources when land rights are weak, threatening food and incomes for more than two billion people. Three fundamental goals must be achieved to improve land rights.