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Leaders Announce Global Effort to Restore 150 Million Hectares of Deforested Land

Bonn, Germany - A global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 is being launched in Bonn, Germany.
“Restoring 150 million hectares of degraded lands represents an exciting and largely untapped opportunity to create more jobs and economic growth, while also protecting our climate"
- Prime Minister Persson

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Poplar DNA code cracked—new possibilities for sustainable energy

VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
An international consortium, which includes researchers from the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology at Ghent University, has succeeded in unraveling the first tree genome -- that of the poplar. Moreover, their research indicates that the poplar has about 45,000 genes. This knowledge is a first step toward being able to make trees grow faster or make them easier to process into paper or energy.

An eco-vision for Serbia

World Wildlife Fund, Thu August 03, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Backi Monostor, Serbia - In efforts to conserve one of central Europe's most important wetland sites, WWF is working on the ground in Serbia for the first time to promote sustainable tourism and forestry practices.

Environmental Groups Sign Declaration for the Protection of BC’s Inland Rainforest Region

Valhalla Wilderness Society, Sat July 29, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Victoria, BC - Twelve environmental organizations in the southern and central Interior of BC say that the area is losing many species of plants and wildlife that are dependent upon old-growth forest and wilderness.

Soya traders agree to a moratorium on Amazon deforestation following customer pressure

Greenpeace International, Thu July 27, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
London, UK - In a statement released in Brazil, multinational soya traders have agreed to a two year moratorium on buying soya from newly deforested land in the Amazon.

Georgia establishes new national park in the Caucasus Mountains

World Wildlife Fund, Wed June 28, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Tbilisi, Georgia - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has approved the creation of a new national park in the Caucasus Mountains.

Environment Canada: Generous Donation to Canadians-Milestone-Ecogift Protects Rare Alvar Habitat

Environment Canada, Tue June 13, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Orillia, Ontario - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment, today announced the donation of Canada's 500th ecological gift, namely the Prairie Smoke nature reserve.

Most extensive survey ever of world’s tropical forests shows upward trend in sustainable management

International Tropical Timber Organization , Thu May 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Mexico City - The most comprehensive analysis of the status of tropical forest management ever conducted has documented a significant increase in the "sustainable management" of tropical forests worldwide since 1988.

World Fire Maps Now Available Online In Near-real Time

European Space Agency, Wed May 24, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
European Union - For a decade now, ESA satellites have been continuously surveying fires burning across the Earth’s surface. Worldwide fire maps based on this data are now available to users online in near real time through ESA's ATSR World Fire Atlas.

Greenpeace shuts down soya export terminal of leading Amazon destroyer

Greenpeace, Wed May 24, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Santarem, Brazil - A team of climbers from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise shut down Cargill's illegal soya export facility in the heart of the Amazon rainforest today. The soya, which is exported to Europe as animal feed, is grown in deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest.

A conservation vision for New Guinea’s wetlands

World Wildlife Fund, Wed May 17, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Madang, Papua New Guinea - A conservation "vision" to protect one of the Asia-Pacific region's largest, richest and most pristine wetlands on the island of New Guinea has been officially launched today, with governments, community leaders, scientists and conservation organizations declaring their commitment to support it.

Province Signs Parks Agreement With ‘Namgis Nation

Ministry of Environment, Wed May 17, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Victoria, BC - The Province of British Columbia and the 'Namgis First Nation signed an agreement today to collaboratively manage parks and protected areas within 'Namgis traditional territory.

Greenpeace stops huge consignment of Amazon soya entering Europe

Greenpeace, Sun April 30, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Amsterdam - Sixty Greenpeace activists (1) today prevented commodities giant Cargill from unloading a shipment of Amazon soya in Amsterdam port, to protest against the destruction of huge tracts of the Amazon rainforest to grow soya to feed farm animals in Europe.

Bank of America and its customers support forest conservation programs with pledge of up to $500,000

Nature Conservancy, Thu April 06, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Charlotte, NC - Bank of America will donate $1 per account to The Nature Conservancy's "Save A Tree, Conserve a Forest" program when customers elect to stop receiving paper versions of checking or savings account statements and decide to view them online instead. The total donation will be up to $500,000.

Partners Protect 1,800-acre City Forest

Nature Conservancy, Mon January 02, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Duluth, MN - The largest contiguous tract of ecologically significant City-owned land has been permanently protected, ensuring wildlife habitat and public access, partners in the project announced today.

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