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How Spatial Analysis Can Benefit Wetlands and Reduce Poverty in Uganda

Drawing on Uganda’s rich baseline of wetland data and poverty mapping, this report provides a detailed examination of the links between ecosystem services and the location of poor communities and presents practical lessons for policy-makers across government.

Ecosystem Services

A Guide for Decision Makers

Presents various methods that use ecosystem services—the benefits of nature such as food, fuel, natural hazard protection, pollination, and spiritual sustenance—to enable decision makers to link ecosystems and economic development.

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Cameroon: Logging Titles 2006

This map shows forest land allocation in the national forest estate in Cameroon as of June 2006. It includes information about the different categories of land use within the permanent and the non permanent forest estates.

Forest Carbon Work On-the-Ground in Indonesia

The choice of Bali as the location for the 2007 U.N. climate conference, currently underway, is significant because Indonesia is home to the world’s third largest remaining intact tropical forest (following only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo). This makes it crucial in the fight against global warming.

At this year's conference, there has been much focus on offsetting carbon emissions by preventing deforestation -- a concept known as "avoided deforestation" or Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

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Assessing U.S. Farm Drainage

Can GIS Lead to Better Estimates of Subsurface Drainage Extent?

Extensive subsurface "tile" drainage systems on Corn Belt farmlands have important implications for nutrient pollution in surface water, notably the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent. Can a map-based...

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