Producers from Yanonge prepare a charcoal shipment

COVID-19 makes it harder for charcoal producers and traders to make ends meet

In Kisangani — Democratic Republic of Congo’s third-largest city — COVID-19 has had an impact on the charcoal industry that its more than 1.8 million inhabitants rely on to meet their daily energy needs, putting forests at greater risk. The additional challenges affecting the supply and transport of essential charcoal during the pandemic has made […]

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Forest-dwellers, global community must address tropical wildlife hunting risks

Increasing demand for food and traditional medicines, multiplying local wars and conflicts, an expanding legal and illegal market trade have exacerbated the wildlife crisis in recent years, damaging ecosystems and driving many species to the verge of extinction. Defined by scientists as the “widespread unsustainable exploitation of wildlife,” the situation is of particular concern in […]

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Scientists urge greater role for forests in policies on food security and nutrition

A new policy brief demonstrates the role forests and trees play in sustaining food production and food security and nutrition (FSN). Featuring four dimensions of FSN, including availability, accessibility, utilization and stability, it aims to inform policy and decision making in forestry, while detailing actions that could help strengthen related aspects of the food system […]

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Rethink diet-land use connections to prevent future pandemics, scientist says

Terry Sunderland on CBC radio’s “The Current”