Living Forests Report, deforestation fronts, NGP meeting, Check Your Paper, GFTN

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APRIL 2015

Welcome to the first issue !

The WWF Forest Sector Transformation newsletter is the leading information source on WWF’s work to promote a green forest economy. This quarterly newsletter will feature news, stories and updates from WWF, as well as unique insights from WWF experts, partner organizations and participating companies.
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Aerial view of the Cerrado and soy monoculture, Ribeiro Gonçalves, Brazil (© Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil)

Living Forests Report: 11 deforestation fronts likely to account for 80% of global forest loss

Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in 11 deforestation fronts if current trends continue. These 11 places – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80% of global deforestation by 2030, according to research by WWF.

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NGP meeting attendees discuss importance of communities (by Andrew Heald)

Making plantations work for people

Plantations can help to conserve landscapes and bring benefits to the people living around them: that was the premise discussed at the New Generation Plantations annual meeting in Santiago, Chile in March. But to realize the potential of plantations for people and nature, it's vital to rebuild trust between forestry companies and communities.

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Check Your Paper

The Environmental Self-check is a new feature of WWF's Check Your Paper, a public database of brands with high environmental standards. With the Environmental Self-check WWF provides an improved service to pulp and paper manufacturers globally for company internal usage. The five online steps to check the environmental footprint of pulp and paper brands can be filled out confidentially. 

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Artisanal logging in the Nze Vatican village, Gabon (by Sinziana Demian/WWF GHoA)

Community forests open economic pathways for locals

Community forests are slowly growing in Gabon, where forests cover about 80% of the country. Ebyeng, the first ever community forest in Gabon, demonstrates how locals can manage resources effectively while yielding economic benefits.

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Forest, Santiago, Chile (by Andrew Heald)


by Luis Neves Silva, Manager, Plantations & Landscapes

Drinking maqui juice and talking plantations

Long discussions are usually fuelled by coffee. But at the New Generation Plantations (NGP) annual meeting in Santiago, Chile, most of us were drinking maqui juice, a drink that boosts local communities' incomes while increasing the value of natural forests. 

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Varzea Flooded Forest, at almost the height of the annual flooding period, is a breeding ground for more than 200 fish species Amazonas, Brazil  (© Edward Parker / WWF)


Saving forests at risk

Can you imagine the earth without its lungs? That's what we stand to lose if forests continue to be deforested and degraded. Watch the video to see why action is urgently needed.

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Community Bamboo Plantations - A study tour in Shanghai, China

The New Generations Plantation study tour will give insight into how the China Green Carbon Foundation and the Zhengjiang Anji bamboo communities are working together to sustainably increase productivity.

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WWF France and Rougier to jointly advance responsible forestry
Paper too valuable to be wasted  a new film

More to conservation than APP's clearing halt

Green Heart of Europe sees boost in FSC certification

Largest forest concession in the Congo Basin receives FSC certification
 Trees, cows, sugar & 4 million people: Water security in the uMngeni river basin

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Photos and graphics: © Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil, © Andrew Heald, © WWF Check Your Paper, © Sinziana Demian / WWF GHoA, © Andrew Heald, © WWF Forests for Life programme

This newsletter is a production of the WWF Forests for Life programme, which aims to reduce the risk of deforestation and degradation and the linked loss of natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services globally. It has a solutions oriented, integrated and local to global approach and seeks synergies with relevant stakeholders to influence drivers of forest loss and degradation. For more information, visit the website.