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Working With Loggers for Forest Conservation: New E&E News Series

October 22, 2014

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Logging road and impacts in East Kalimantan: logged forest on the left, virgin/primary forest on the right. Image credit: Wakx/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.
Logging road and impacts in East Kalimantan: logged forest on the left, virgin/primary forest on the right. Image credit: Wakx/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Conservationists working with loggers to produce better conservation results — a science-based vision of the future, or a pipe dream?

The online news service E&E News has just published a three-part series on how such efforts are playing out in Indonesia — the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, in part because of deforestation there. And The Nature Conservancy’s forest science and conservation efforts there are a cornerstone of the coverage.

Links to each installment of the series below:

1) Can environmental groups and loggers work to limit the destruction of tropical forests?

Reduced-impact logging techniques could reduce CO2 emissions from deforestation by up to 30 percent, according to a Conservancy analysis. E&E News reporter Coco Liu goes into the forest with Conservancy scientist Peter Ellis to find out why the benefits of such a logging approach might often outweigh the costs.

2) The art of the deal: selling loggers on tree-saving practices that make money

How might conservation scientists convince loggers to adopt reduced-impact logging tactics? It’s not easy — but a variety of pitches helps, as the Conservancy’s Bambang Wahyudi and Peter Ellis demonstrate. 

3) Luring forest communities away from ‘slash-and-burn’ farming

Members of the Dayak community — an ethnic group in Indonesian Borneo who used to use blowguns to hunt their food — are now part of a Nature Conservancy program to entice them away from slash-and-burn agriculture toward more sustainable livelihoods.

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Bob Lalasz

Bob Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy and the editor of the new Cool Green Science. A long-time editor and writer, he was previously the Conservancy's associate director of digital marketing. He now blogs here about the Conservancy's scientific research and on-the-ground work as well as larger conservation science and science communications issues. More from Bob

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  1. This is an amazing series and an excellent write up. This is a great example of using nature to protect nature, not to mention how nimble TNC is working with loggers. Wow!