Deforestation — for arable land, pasture, urban use or logging — has led to the loss of about half of all tropical forests, affecting biodiversity, water and nutrient cycling, climate change and sources of income.
(Photo credit: Greenpeace/Alberto Ceisar)
When it comes to the environment, there is no dialogue between civil society, the scientific community, government and parliament, says Carla Almeida.
A pledge to increase support for biodiversity targets in developing countries is welcome, but care for indigenous people is vital too.
Research into deforestation can help inform policies to reduce carbon emissions from forests.
8 July 2009
Increasing crop yields on existing farmland to curb deforestation may pay off in the short-term, but could lead to escalating costs in the future, say researchers.
3 May 2013
The biodiversity of tropical forests helps to curb malaria transmission and should be considered in plans to eradicate the disease, say researchers.
2 April 2013
18 February 2013