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Exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence for nature conservation

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a formidable tool for data analysis, one capable of processing vast amounts of data generated from the natural world. As such, many practitioners in the field of nature conservation are finding ways to use AI to solve some of the problems present in this field. This article explores how AI could be used by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to improve the governance of tropical forests and build resilience to various threats.

Locally led adaptation and social forestry in Indonesia

Indonesia is ranked in the top-third of countries in terms of climate risk, with high exposure to all types of flooding and extreme heat. The intensity of these hazards is expected to grow as the climate is changing. Empowerment of local stakeholders to lead in adapting to climate change ensures that the voices of communities on the frontline of climate impacts are heard in decision-making that directly affects their lives and livelihoods.

RICCE Supports GLA Liberia Country Partners to Employ Gender Inclusiveness in their Programing and Organization Management

In an effort to enhance the capacity of Liberia country partners of the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA 2.0) Forest for a Just Future Program, the Rural Integrated Center for Community Empowerment (RICCE) has provided a two-day capacity-building workshop on gender inclusiveness. The overall objective of the two-day intensive training was to strengthen GLA partners’ capacity to conduct gender-inclusive community engagements and also mainstream gender equality and social inclusion in project circle management in their various institutions.

Green Livelihoods Alliance Global Coordinator Visits Liberia

The Global Coordinator of the Green Livelihoods Alliance Forest for a Just Future Program, Eva Duarte Davidson was in Liberia as a guest of the Liberia Country Partners.

Destruction of tropical rainforest increased by 10 per cent

Last year, the destruction of tropical rainforests increased by 10 per cent compared to 2021, according to data from Global Forest Watch. An area the size of the Netherlands was lost worldwide, with the Amazon region being particularly affected. Without halting deforestation, we cannot solve the climate and biodiversity crises.

SDI Calls on Political Parties and Aspirants to Share their Vision in Addressing ‘Massive Corruption’ in the Land and Natural Resource Sectors

Ahead of the impending October 10, 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) calls on all political parties and aspirants to clearly share their vision as to how they will address the ‘massive corruption’ in the land and natural resource sectors of the country.

Wilfred Gray-Johnson, Executive Director @ SDI

Ban on charcoal in Uganda is a hopeful development for Zoka Forest

Last May, our Ugandan partner organisation Friends of Zoka took an important step towards protecting Zoka Central Forest from logging. President Museveni issued an order that bans logging for commercial charcoal production in the region where Zoka forest is located. If properly executed, this order will take pressure from the forest which is under threat from charcoal production and other logging activities.

Photo: Logging for charcoal in Zoka Central Forest, Uganda © Friends of Zoka

Female cocoa farmers challenge Ghanaian tree tenure law

A law in Ghana stipulates that all naturally growing trees are owned by the state. In 2022, female cocoa farmers collaborated with Tropenbos Ghana to draw attention to the adverse effects of this law on their livelihoods.

Good news for corporate sustainability legislation

The past two weeks have been marked by votes on the update of the OECD Guidelines and the European Parliament’s proposed amendments to the European Commission’s proposed Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). Both votes went favourably, which is good news for Indigenous Peoples and nature.

Photo © Galen Priest/Alto