Forest hero: Kristiawan of Kepayang

Meet Kristiawan, a 22-year-old student and project employee at the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project (SMPP) in Indonesia. Kristiawan is from Kepayang Village, one of two villages involved in this REDD+ project which is working to restore degraded peatland and invest in local communities in the Merang Biodiversity Zone in South Sumatra. Kristiawan worked hard to…

New IPCC report warns climate change is ‘widespread, rapid and intensifying’

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report ‘Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis’ which, approved by 195 member governments of the IPCC, sets out the starkest climate warning yet. The report says that climate change is ‘widespread, rapid and intensifying’ and that without immediate, large-scale emissions reductions in the…

Caught on Camera

The Sumatra Merang Peatland Project (SMPP) in Indonesia protects a unique and vital ecosystem known for high levels of biodiversity and a multitude of critically endangered and vulnerable species. Developed by Forest Carbon, SMPP is in the Musi Banyuasin District and is one of the last remaining intact peatland zones in South Sumatra. Since the…

Forest control and surveillance in the Peruvian Amazon

Fundamental to conservation activities at our projects is efficient and effective control and surveillance of at-risk forest areas. Teams on the ground guarding threatened habitat are crucial to preventing forest loss and degradation. Meaning ‘forest and development’ in the local native language, the Nii Kaniti project in central Peru was specifically set up to prevent…

A deep dive into REDD+

The origins REDD+, which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, is a UN-backed mechanism that was developed in 2008 to combat climate change. REDD+ aims to reduce emissions from the forest sector, which after energy, produces more emissions than any other – it is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of…

The story of deforestation in Guatemala

The story of deforestation in Guatemala is a complicated one, and as with deforestation generally, the causes lie in intricate systems of inequality, poverty and globalisation. Guatemala has seen some of the highest rates of deforestation in the Americas, caused predominantly by the conversion of forests into cropland and cattle pastures. From 2001 to 2019,…

An interview with Clementina

Meet Clementina Estrella Odicio, local artisan and member of the Yamino Native Community, part of the Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ project. Cordillera Azul is situated in Peru’s high forest between the Andes and the Amazon Basin, a region of mountainous cloud forests and lush Amazonian lowlands. The park spans nearly 1.6 million hectares and…

Resilience in the eye of the storm

How the Guatemalan Conservation Coast project faced the worst Hurricane season on record 2020 was a record-breaking year in more ways than one. For Central America, 2020 was a year of extreme challenges. Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic throw the region into economic crisis, Central America also felt the devastating effects of the most…

Forest Hero: Mayra, who was free to dream

In 2017, Guatemala outlawed child marriage. Yet still, 1,500 underage girls marry every day. By the age of 18, almost 30% of women in Guatemala are already married. Mayra Pop was one of them. Mayra Pop is from the village of China Cadenas in the Guatemalan region of Izabal, where the Guatemalan Conservation Coast project…