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Vanishing Forests

Green Facts - Forests

Forests cover a third of our planet's land. They provide raw materials, maintain biodiversity, protect land and water resources, and play a role in climate change mitigation. Forests are heavily exploited, but important efforts are being made to use and manage them more sustainably. Find the facts: What is the current state of the world's forests? How much forest is there on the planet and at what rate is it disappearing?

American Forests - Protecting And Restoring Forests

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocates for the protection and expansion of America's forests. Since 1990, they have planted more than 40 million trees. They restore watersheds to help provide clean drinking water and replant forests destroyed by human action and by natural disasters.

Their work is guided by science: choosing the right mix of trees for particular locations, the best trees to act as windbreaks or to filter water, the trees that will provide wildlife habitat, or are most suitable for city streets and parks. They keep policymakers informed about how trees interact with climate, sequester carbon, manage water, and benefit cities. AF explain that ecological services from trees and forests have real economic value and work in and advocate for federal, state, and urban forests, and sometimes our work takes us beyond US borders,

Among other resources you can plant or sponsor trees, support urban forests, use a carbon calculator and find the best hiking trails in the US

NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Images from 1975 until 2012, acquired by the Landsat 5 and 7 satellites,shows international deforestation patterns in tropical rainforests as enormous tracts of Amazonian forest disappear in Rondonia, Brazil. (Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio) Studies showed that the annual rate of deforestation in the Amazon from 1978 to 1988 was lower than previously thought, but the impact on biodiversity was much greater than assumed, because of habitat fragmentation caused by the "fishbone" deforestation pattern in Rondonia.

Global Justice Ecology

Global Justice Ecology Project explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction and economic domination with the aim of building bridges between social justice, environmental justice and ecological justice groups to strengthen their collective efforts. Within this framework, their programs focus on Indigenous Peoples' rights, protection of native forests and climate justice. They use the issue of climate change to demonstrate these interconnections. Global Justice Ecology Project is the North American Focal Point of the Global Forest Coalition.

The goal of their STOP GE Trees Campaign is to work with forest dependent communities to protect native forests from the uncontrollable and irreversible threats posed by the release of genetically engineered trees (GE trees or GM trees) into the environment.

Rainforest Alliance

Forests are essential to the survival of life on Earth, providing oxygen, clean water, shelter, fuel and food. But rampant global consumption and illegal logging put a heavy strain on these crucial resources. At the Rainforest Alliance, we know that the best way to keep forests standing is to use them wisely. To that end, we work with everyone from large corporations to forest-based communities to ensure that logging is conducted responsibly, so that ecosystems are protected.

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Amazon Conservation Team

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving South American rainforests. The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) protects the rainforest, preserves the cultures of indigenous peoples of the Amazon and empowers them to protect their rainforest homes though forest management and monitoring against illegal incursions.

The mapping of indigenous lands has been one of ACT's most powerful tools in conserving the Amazon rainforest in partnership with indigenous peoples. ACT's strategy for the conservation of indigenous lands begins with the generation of a detailed "ethnographic" map that clearly demarcates the region claimed by indigenous groups as their ancestral territory; demonstrates the indigenous groups' use of that region; and identifies the sites of greatest importance to indigenous peoples.

Mongabay

Mongabay.com is one of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. The news and rainforests sections of the site are widely cited for information on tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife.

Mongabay aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Mongabay is also publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that seeks to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research.

Forest Trends

Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1998 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations. Our mission is four-fold: to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests.

We do this by analyzing strategic market and policy issues, catalyzing connections between forward looking producers, communities and investors, and developing new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people. Our approach integrates the fundamental dimensions of ecology, economy and equity because our goal is to have an impact on a scale that is meaningful globally and for a diverse set of stakeholders.

Gaia Amazonas

Gaia Amazonas is committed to the protection of biological and cultural diversity, and the future of the Amazon rainforest. Since 1990, we have worked hand in hand with Indigenous communities of the Northwest Amazon for the recognition of their rights, territories and local governance systems, as the most viable and dignified strategy for forest conservation.

Colombia now has the largest continuous indigenous territory in the world, with 26 million hectares of Amazon forest legally recognized as indigenous territories.

Our community-based work in the Colombian Amazon has empowered and enabled 26,000 indigenous people belonging to 26 ethnic groups to establish inter-cultural education and health programs, and to exercise local governance over their territories through setting up their own indigenous organizations (known as AATIs - associations of indigenous traditional authorities). It is a unique model of shared responsibility for protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Rainforest Connections

Rainforest Connections is a social enterprise initiative of Kelvin Davies that's undertaken with the Rainforest Information Centre. Rainforest Connections acts as an umbrella organization forming partnerships with rainforest not-for-profit organizations and community groups around the world and supporting them to be successful.

We focus on connecting great people with great projects that are rescuing wildlife, purchasing and protecting land, planting trees, aiding scientific research and educating and supporting people who live in the rainforests to create sustainable communities. Choose one of the great projects, add your support and make it grow! If you live in Australia your donations are tax-deductible.

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