Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG). For the past two decades, GHG emissions have increased from almost all sectors, such as land-use (defined as land use, land-use change, and forestry including peat fires), energy, agriculture, industry, and waste.

Compensatory afforestation is a dubious and controversial environmental “offset” that is adding to environmental damage instead of mitigating or compensating it. Compensatory afforestation may actually be accelerating the invasion of India’s forests by big corporations, in collusion with a permissive state, by legitimising the destruction of forests, greenwashing the land grabs, and encroaching on common property resources and community-held lands.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of M/s Lubok Caron LLP vs. RSPCB & Others dated 18/09/2017 regarding land conversion for industrial areas, Rajasthan. NGT directs M/s Lubok Caron LLP to approach the RIICO / Industrial Department State of Rajasthan for alternate site to be allotted. The Tribunal also cautioned that disposal of the tyres of automobiles is also an environmental concern and it will be the duty of the state to ensure that proper disposal facility is created for the said purpose.

While carbon dioxide emissions from energy use must be the primary target of climate change mitigation efforts, land use and land cover change (LULCC) also represent an important source of climate forcing.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of Jagdish Prasad & Others vs. State of Rajasthan & Others dated 11/09/2017 regarding acquiring of agricultural land (124.68 hectares) in village Keshaopura, Abhaypura and Bhankrota at Ajmer Road Tehsil Sanganer, District Jaipur for the purposes of urbanisation. It is alleged that the area in question had more than 13000 trees out of which 5000 green trees have already been cut without due permission from the tree officer.

The Tibetan Plateau has experienced higher-than-global-average climate warming in recent decades, resulting in many significant changes in ecosystem structure and function. Among them is albedo, which bridges the causes and consequences of land surface processes and climate. The plateau is covered by snow/ice and vegetation in the non-growing season (nGS) and growing season (GS), respectively. Based on the MODIS products, we investigated snow/ice cover and vegetation greenness in relation to the spatiotemporal changes of albedo on the Tibetan Plateau from 2000 through 2013.

Misiones, Argentina, contains the largest remaining tract of Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest ecoregion; however, ~50% of native forest is unprotected and located in a mosaic of plantations, agriculture, and pastures. Existing protected areas are becoming increasingly isolated due to ongoing habitat modification. These factors, combined with lower than expected regional carnivore densities, emphasize the need to understand the effect of fragmentation on animal movement and connectivity between protected areas.

Rural residents in Rwanda are caught between a rock and hard place as local authorities force them off land that has been reclassified from agricultural to residential use.

Historical changes in soil carbon associated with land-use change (LUC) result mainly from the changes in the quantity of litter inputs to the soil and the turnover of carbon in soils. We use a factor separation technique to assess how the input-driven and turnover-driven controls, as well as their synergies, have contributed to historical changes in soil carbon associated with LUC. We apply this approach to equilibrium simulations of present-day and pre-industrial land use performed using the dynamic global vegetation model JSBACH.

Namibia will launch the baseline study that was conducted in 2016 by the University of Namibia which was aimed at investigating the status of women’s land use, ownership and rights under customary

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