Stories we loved this week:
Securing land tenure to indigenous communities can prevent deforestation
A study conducted by the World Resources Institute details the economic and environmental benefits of securing forest tenure to indigenous communities in Latin America. Communities that have official rights to land are more likely to protect forests and curb deforestation.
Millions of pounds of fresh produce from across the Mexican border heads straight to US landfills
“Man in the Maze,” winner of Sundance’s Short Film Challenge, shows how a border town in Arizona protects their local food systems by using food destined for landfills. The film highlights the need to address the loss of traditional agricultural knowledge, promote healthy diets, and evaluate climate change’s effect of southwestern agriculture.
Illegal logging in Russia threatens the future of wildlife species
Forests in southeastern Russia are home to some of the world’s finest hardwoods. According to a report conducted by the Environmental Investigation Agency, 50 percent of the hardwood is cut illegally by foreign suppliers who sell wood to American retailers. The ripple effect of illegal logging threatens many of Russia’s wildlife populations, including the Siberian tiger.
Armed conflict and crimes against the environment
Throughout history, the environment has been the victim of war and armed conflict. Steven Freeland argues that while some damage may be inevitable, reckless destruction should be recognized as an international crime.
Podcast: Senegalese women are at the center of climate smart agriculture
Current climate projections suggest that warmer climates may produce drought in Daga Birame village in Senegal within the next 30 years. In an effort to protect their landscapes and livelihoods, women from the village and soil scientists have developed strategies to grow drought resistant crops, generate income, and increase rural resiliency.