One Cool Thing: World’s First Quiet Park

As Mother Nature Network reported, Ecuador has become the first country in the world to build a “quiet park,” a lush stretch of land straddling the Zabalo River where silence is protected like a natural resource. There are no transport routes here. Nor residential and commercial developments. You can’t even hear the hum of power lines. Ecuador hopes tourists will come, and spread the message of silence!

On that note, each day on our Instagram page we’re featuring a reader-submitted tribute to nature to help us connect to the great outdoors as we’re all stuck inside. Do you have a photo of a natural place you love? Send it our way, we’ll post as many reader submissions as we can!, we’ll post as many reader submissions as we can!

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New Study Finds Community-Based Forest Management More Effective Than State Run Parks

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By Julia Fine A new study published this month by Jennifer A. Devine et al. found that in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, forests governed via community-based resource management are more resilient to narco-deforestation than state-run parks. As Fred Pearce reported in Yale Environment 360, the study calculated that up to 87% of the deforestation was […]

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Fighting Deforestation and Poverty Go Hand In Hand In Indonesia

Fighting Deforestation and Poverty Go Hand In Hand In Indonesia

A new study published yesterday in the journal Science Advances found that in Indonesia, a country with bountiful but highly exploited natural resources, a national anti-poverty program also reduced deforestation as a side benefit.

Why This Matters: Indonesia is one of the poorest nations in the world, and has the third-largest amount of tropical rain forest.  It also, according to Global Forest Watch, is the country with the third-highest rate of rainforest loss in the world in 2019.

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Deforestation and Climate Change Driving Old-Growth Forest Loss

Deforestation and Climate Change Driving Old-Growth Forest Loss

As Sustainability Times wrote, the planet has been losing much of its forest cover, especially in tropical regions. Over the past three decades, some 420 million hectares of forest have been lost worldwide through deforestation. But deforestation along with numerous other environmental stresses have affected forests in a multitude of ways. A new global analysis reveals […]

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