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What's New November 2014
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Finding a sustainable economic and conservation model for the Brazilian Amazon

In the Brazilian Amazon, forestry, agriculture, and livestock production are essential sources of income for local communities but are also key drivers of deforestation. Francisco Kennedy de Souza, a Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans fellow and researcher at Indiana University and the Universidade Federal do Acre, talks with us about his work studying three different forest use models in the western Amazon of Brazil and the importance of non-timber forest products as a forest-friendly source of local income.
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Best Lessons Learned: Developing and Implementing a Participatory Nature Tourism Strategy for the Key Biodiversity Area of Nalga de Maco National Park and Rio Limpio, Dominican Republic (Archive)

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Eco-Exchange: The Nature Conservancy and a group of strategic actors in Latin America are helping ensure the region’s water security by implementing an innovative conservation model that uses investments financed and managed by local public and private actors to safeguard critical upstream ecosystems. (Archive)

Stories from the Field: Francisco Kennedy de Souza, a Rainforest Alliance Kleinhans fellow and researcher at Indiana University and the Universidade Federal do Acre, compared three different forest use models in the western Amazon of Brazil to analyze how each model supported local livelihoods and forest conservation. We spoke with de Souza about the results of his research and the importance of non-timber forest products as a forest-friendly source of local income. (Archive)

On the Record: Tuna are extremely important marine predators as well as a staple in our diet and a highly profitable commodity. We spoke with Mark J. Spalding and Shana Miller of the Ocean Foundation about the threats to tuna populations caused by massive overfishing and about their efforts to protect these extraordinary species. (Archive)



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