A new report from WRI India found that the Sidhi district could economically and ecologically benefit from landscape restoration. When implemented at scale in Sidhi, restoring land could conserve biodiversity, improve water recharge, sequester carbon, enhance rural livelihoods and spur rural development.

Sulawesi is an important island for primates. All 17 species that are found there are endemics. The island also includes contact zones between species of macaques (genus Macaca) where hybrids may arise. Sulawesi continues to be deforested, especially in the lowlands most suitable for estate crops and other agricultural products.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Jorjo Tana Tara Vs Union of India & Others dated 09/11/2020. The matter relates to indiscriminate felling of trees in a reserved forest area which is part of Papum Reserved Forest, and part of Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh.

Between 1992 and 2015, nearly 148 million hectares (Mha) within biodiversity hotspots – biologically rich but threatened terrestrial regions – worldwide underwent land‐cover changes, equating to 6% of the total areal extent of hotspots.

Forest losses in hotspots amounted to 54 Mha (–7% of the forest area present in 1992), driven primarily by agricultural expansion (38 Mha); shrubland or savanna also declined by 23 Mha (–8%). Over the same time, urban areas expanded by 10 Mha (+108%).

This new WRI report estimates that legal and illegal mining in the Amazon now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands – over 450,000 square kilometers. It also finds that Indigenous lands with mining experienced higher incidences of tree cover loss than on those without – at least three times greater in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Jagdish Chandra Pandey Vs State of Uttarakhand & Others dated 11/09/2020. Grievance in this application was against violation of environmental norms during construction of Kotila-Gawad-Suraikhet Motor Road in tehsil Dwarahat, district Almora, Uttarakhand. It is alleged that large number of trees are being damaged during the construction of the road and in spite of complaints lodged with the authorities, no remedial action has been taken.

The global Living Planet Index continues to decline. It shows an average 68% decrease in population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016. A 94% decline in the LPI for the tropical sub regions of the Americas is the largest fall observed in any part of the world.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Satish Sharma Vs GNCT of Delhi & Others dated 03/09/2020 regarding felling of trees (40-50) by Sajjan Singh Yadav in connivance with the officers of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for making furniture. A report was sought from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PPCF), Delhi by the NGT.

Brief summary of the arguments on behalf of the appellant - Laxmi Chouhan dated August 7, 2020.

An application was filed before the NGT challenging the Environmental Clearance (EC) dated February 20, 2018 granted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to the South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. for the expansion of Dipka Open Cast Coal Mines from 31 to 35 MTPA in Chhattisgarh.

The world has lost a net area of 178 million ha of forest since 1990, which is an area about the size of Libya. The rate of net forest loss decreased substantially over the period 1990–2020 due to a reduction in deforestation in some countries, plus increases in forest area in others through afforestation and the natural expansion of forests.

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