28th March 2024

Finding biodiversity in timber plantations

Finding a balance between wood fibre production while conserving biodiversity and minimising environmental impacts is the big challenge facing the

25th October 2023

Natural forests combat non-native tree invasions

A new study, published recently in Nature, has found that the native biodiversity of natural forests largely buffers the severity

25th May 2023

Help protect natural forest & save the Cape Parrot

World Parrot Day, celebrated on 31 May 2023, puts the spotlight on the critically endangered Cape Parrot, colourful resident of

06th February 2019

Just throw, wait and grow

Seedballs makes reforestation in Kenya cheap, easy and fun... Deforestation is a growing problem in Kenya, as it is in

03rd December 2018

‘Land of Smoke and Fire’

Reflections on the Southern Cape and Tsitsikamma wildfire disaster By Theo Stehle ‘Land of smoke and fire’ ... this is

14th September 2018

Champion Trees on the agenda

The National Champion Tree Evaluation Panel held its annual meeting in Mpumalanga in June, and added five new Champion Trees

21st May 2018

Upgraded Green Flag Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

The recently upgraded Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, which has achieved Green Flag Status, provides hikers with a unique and challenging five-day

02nd March 2018

Turning forest and landscape restoration into business

By Douglas McGuire, Coordinator of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM), FAO Ravaged landscapes, parched riverbeds and destitute communities.

30th March 2017

Celebrating 125 years in the timber business

George Parkes & Sons, Knysna-based suppliers of indigenous hardwood and softwood timber, has survived wars, global financial crises and natural

30th January 2017

Managing fire in natural grasslands

Managing fire to maintain healthy conservation areas and protect plantation trees.... By Dr Liza Joubert-van der Merwe, Mondi Ecological Wetland

15th November 2016

Trees as social beings

A new documentary film explores the idea that trees are in fact social beings that communicate with one another through

12th October 2016

Honey harvesting and forest protection in West Timor

New research shows that the annual harvesting of wild honey may be one of the most sustainable and effective governance

22nd August 2016

Southern Cape forests survive largely unchanged for centuries

Forests are found in areas that receive annual rainfall ranging between 525 mm and 1220 mm. But if you look

19th May 2016

The ups and downs of aerial reforestation

Aerial reforestation is a farming technique where trees and other crops are planted by being dropped from an aeroplane. The

22nd February 2016

The ‘Heart of Africa’ is beating in an FSC-certified concession

While on assignment in the north of Congo in October, I came across the vehicles of one of Africa’s most

29th January 2016

Ecological Networks: saving space for species in production landscapes

By Lize Joubert-van der Merwe This is the first of a series of articles sharing key findings of on-going research

07th December 2015

Greenpop reforest fest

Every year Greenpop, a tree-planting and social development organisation, activates a reforestation festival in the ancient Platbos Forest in the

23rd November 2015

Tree city

by Samora Chapman Trees are more resilient than concrete. They can live for thousands of years, while civilizations are built

18th November 2015

FSC news: certification, strategies and untouched forests

Certification growing in Africa The perception that natural resources in Africa are being stripped and consumed wholesale by developed economies

10th November 2015

Sleep in a treehouse this summer

This astonishing urban treehouse (above) in Turin, Italy, uses 150 trees to protect its residents from noise and pollution. The

14th October 2015

Climbing giants

David Wiles and Drew Bristow are the founders of a group of tree enthusiasts aiming to explore, conserve and document

01st October 2015

Forests most at risk of deforestation

This interactive story map takes readers on a visual journey to 11 of the world’s most 'at risk' forests, from

21st September 2015

Ozwathini – Community forest certification

This film shows the challenges faced by a community of small-scale plantation owners in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, as they look

15th September 2015

More than trees

The world's forests must be recognized as "more than trees", the XIV World Forestry Congress meeting in Durban, South Africa,

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