Just 38 indigenous communities out of 455 have received communal land titles since the government first made them available in 2009, with indigenous activists and rights groups bemoaning the notoriously slow process.
An independent forest monitoring watchdog has expressed shock that forest reserve land is being openly advertised for sale online every week.
From Zimbabwe, Nhau Mangirazi tells the story of how beekeeping revives forest in the Hurungwe district, published by The Standard. Apiculture not only preserves the forest from tobacco farming – the main cause of deforestation in the area – and serves as a bio-fence acting as a buffer zone between humans and wild animals, it also brings an extra source of income to the locals, many of the beneficiaries women.
To create housing, maintain its negative carbon status and sustainably manage its forests, Bhutan is embarking on creating a climate-smart forest economy.
Nearly 70% of the areas which are open natural ecosystems in India overlap with those which the government calls wastelands.
The Indonesian government has for the first time relinquished state forest into the custody of Indigenous communities in the eastern region of Papua
Carbon removal plans relying on land do not add up, says a new report
In most of the communities in the country and even elsewhere around the globe, lands are mostly owned by men. Thus women have little access and rights to ownership of lands where they could cultivate.
Seventy percent of land in Mongolia has succumbed to desertification. The land has also come under relentless pressure from overgrazing by 60 million head of livestock and extractive industries like mining.
Main photo: Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn, the former head of Kaeng Krachan National Park and one of the indicted officials.
An activist says the son has ties to the company behind the planned development of a treasured forest.
Main photo: A screenshot of a video of villagers in Lang village, Ea Pok town, Cu Mgar district in south-central Vietnam's Dak Lak province who have been proesting since mid-May to reclaim about 40 hectares of arable land from a forestry company. (Protesters' Facebook page).