Research from WRI reveals the most impactful steps that President-elect Biden and the new Congress can take to harness the carbon-removing power of trees and forests in the United States. Taking these steps can turn bipartisan rhetoric supporting tree restoration into tangible action.
This year's New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) assessment shows that the world failed to halve deforestation by this year, and is severely off track to end deforestation by 2030. Efforts must be made to speed up progress in order to reach the 2030 goal.
New research shows that climate action is happening far too slowly for the world to meet its emissions-reduction targets – and in some cases, we’re moving in the entirely wrong direction.
This paper describes new methods for estimating the area of forest replaced by commodity production, and presents results for seven key commodities from 2001 to 2015.
A new report from World Resources Institute and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) reveals that mining operations in the Amazon basin now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities and endangering critical ecosystems across 450,000 square kilometers.
Un nuevo informe del World Resources Institute y la Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG) revela que las operaciones mineras en la cuenca del Amazonas cubren ahora más del 20 % de los territorios indígenas, amenazando así a cientos de comunidades aborígenes y poniendo en peligro a ecosistemas críticos en una superficie de 450.000 kilómetros cuadrados.
This new WRI report estimates that legal and illegal mining in the Amazon now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands – over 450,000 square kilometers. It also finds that Indigenous lands with mining experienced higher incidences of tree cover loss than on those without – at least three times greater in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Yet national laws continue to favor companies over Indigenous communities, the study’s legal analysis reveals. It sheds light on this uneven playing field and offers recommendations for Amazonian governments and mining companies.
An embargoed press call on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PET / 15:00 CEST will preview the findings in a new report from World Resources Institute that assesses how mining threatens the lands and livelihoods of Indigenous communities in the Amazon.
New research shows that natural forest regrowth, as opposed to reforestation through tree planting, can capture more carbon dioxide from the air than previously thought.
Brazil is facing a convergence of health, economic and environmental crises, all while grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study shows that by opting for a low-carbon recovery can allow Brazil to address critical constraints to its long-term growth and social development.
Tracking tree growth will help us understand whether campaigns like the Trillion Trees Initiative are working and whether efforts to fight climate change are on the right track.
The Trillion Trees initiative and major corporations are looking to invest in tree-planting. TerraMatch connects these investors with trusted local experts who grow trees responsibly and at scale.
The 2019 data reveals that several countries suffered record tree cover losses, and fires created astonishing impacts in primary forests and beyond.
Join WRI for a press call with global forest experts to preview 2019 tree cover loss data and analysis on Thursday, May 28 at 10:00 AM ET/16:00 CEST.
Frances Seymour is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at WRI. In her individual capacity, Frances serves as Chair of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) Board.
The Sustainability Index for Landscape Restoration introduced in this report is a field-tested tool for measuring the impact of restoration efforts. It offers easy-to-use visual metrics to display biophysical and socioeconomic indicators that measure the health of a landscape. It also describes how these metrics have been used to convene dialogues among diverse stakeholders who must actively collaborate to restore the land.
As the avocado industry continues to grow in Mexico, particularly in Michoacán and Jalisco, deforestation, water stress and social challenges compound.
Certified sustainable palm oil makes up only 20% of global trade value. How can producers and consumers work together to raise that number, and why is doing so important for Indonesia and the world?
During the 2010s governments and companies set unprecedented commitments to curb deforestation, but have fallen short. As the 2020s begin, here's what has changed for forests and what to look for in an uncertain new era.