Alternative to Slash and Burn (ASB)
As a global programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the ASB works to help raise the productivity and income of the 1.2 billion rural people living in the tropical forest biome – finding solutions without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services.

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
The CIDA examines the extent of tropical deforestation in developing countries, its causes and consequences, and the prospects for more sustainable land use alternatives.

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
CIFOR is an international research and global knowledge institution committed to conserving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics. CIFOR’s high impact research helps local communities and small farmers gain their rightful share of forest resources, while increasing the production and value of forest products.

Coalition for Rainforest Nations
The Rainforest Coalition functions as an intergovernmental organization, with a Secretariat at Columbia University in New York City, that operates as a forum that seeks to produce consensus within the participating Coalition Nations on issues related to domestic and international frameworks for rainforest management, biodiversity conservation and climate stability.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The Forest Resources Assessment 2005 is the most comprehensive assessment of forests and forestry to date – not only in terms of the number of countries and people involved, but also in terms of scope. It examines the current status and recent trends for about 40 variables covering the extent, condition, uses and values of forests and other wooded land, with the aim of assessing all benefits from forest resources.

Forest Land Degradation: A Global Perpsective
A website by Bruce Sundquist provides an excellent overview of the causes of degradation, an inventory of forest resources, degradation data, and the political economy of forest management.

Greenpeace Forest Stewardship Council
The wood products we do use should come from forests that have been managed in an ecologically and socially responsible manner. The best means for determining whether wood products come from such forests is to look for the FSC label. FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council, is an international non-profit association that issues certificates for well-managed forests.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise future plans to study the effects of deforestation include continuing analyses using data from such instruments as the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), scheduled for flight on Landsat-7, and the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

Rainforest Foundation UK
The Foundation has just issued a thoughtful report entitled “Irrational Numbers – Why the FAO’s Forest Assessments are Misleading” which examines in detail why the FAO’s Global Forest Resource Assessment for 2005 is inaccurate and misleading.

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)
The WRM is an international network of citizens’ groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world’s rainforests. It works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and supports their efforts to defend the forests from commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations, shrimp farms, colonisation and other projects that threaten them.


Clear-Cutting in the Pacific Northwest

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