Guyana signs on to forest management agreement with the EU

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A report by Carinya Sharples for Mongabay.

Guyana has initialed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) to tackle illegal logging, improve forest management and boost the legal timber trade in the South American country.

It has been an exhausting six years since Guyana first began the process back in December 2012. A deadline at the end of 2017 was missed, but now Guyana is finally one step closer to being able to issue licenses under the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) initiative.

However, forest operators here still have a while to wait before they’ll be able to sell wood under a FLEGT licence. According to the Guyana Forestry Commission, implementation of the VPA could take between three and five years, and will cost an estimated $30 million.

Last year, Guyana recorded its lowest rate of deforestation since 2010. So why…

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The Very Rare Mountain Woodland Caribou

Mountain Woodland Caribou  (Rangifer tarandus) are the most critically endangered mammal in the U.S., with only a few dozen residing for part of the year in the mountainous Selkirks of Northern Idaho and Northeastern Washington State.

In pioneer times, this,  and a related sub-species,  ranged widely from Maine to Washington State in the northern part of the U.S. Only about 2000 remain word wide.

A small population exists in Canada, near the US Idaho and Washington borders.

Risks to the current populations include climate change, poaching, disturbance from the noise of industrial activities such as oil drilling, mining, artificial light, parasites, disease, and continuous human encroachment including habitat disturbances like road building, development, etc.

This is a very sensitive species, that does not suffer changes and disturbances well.

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Great White Hunters Congratulating Themselves After Shooting These Beautiful Grizzly Bears

Looks like bear killing in British Columbia, Canada, is in full swing.

In Alaska , too. What a waste!

These dead Grizzlies are referred to as ‘trophies’ by these kind of of people!

This is basically wanton killing for killing sake. Tell your governments in British Columbia and Alaska you don’t want this…

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CABI experts in the field of classical biological control are leading the fight to manage one of the UK’s most invasive weeds – Himalayan balsam – thanks to the nationwide release of the rust fungus Puccinia komarovii var. glanduliferae. Dr Carol Ellison, who has over 30 years’ experience of the biological control of weeds using […]

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