“Central African Forests Forever” is a new, 17-chapter book by independent conservationist and writer Meindert Brouwer. One unique aspect of the book is the author’s focus on how Chinese pioneers in sustainable forest management have put forth solutions to safeguard the rainforests of Central Africa, the world’s second-largest after the Amazon. Brouwer’s book is available in French, English, and Chinese, and is free to download online.
Between rising deforestation in the Amazon, new financial and political commitments to reduce deforestation, and growing interest in “nature-based solutions” like conservation and reforestation, 2021 may prove to have been a fateful year for the world’s tropical rainforests.
So what should we expect in 2022? Mongabay Founder Rhett A. Butler provides a brief look at what may be some of the major storylines for tropical forests in the coming year.
Tree-planting schemes are being used worldwide to fight climate change. But researchers say that such efforts could deplete availability of rivers over time. Generic tree-planting campaigns should be halted to help save rivers.
Researchers identify areas to concentrate on for rainforest restoration. The highest restoration hotspots are in Africa. Governments and policymakers should pay attention to the areas for long-term benefits