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By Barcoding Trees, Liberia Looks to Save Its Rainforests

Environment  (tags: trees, protection, humans, rainforests, Liberia, rainforest protection, GoodNews, government, green, ecosystems, environment, forests, world, nature, habitat, conservation )

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A decade after a brutal civil war, the West African nation of Liberia has partnered with the European Union on a novel system for protecting its remaining forests -- marking every harvestable tree so it can be traced to its final destination.


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Saturday May 28, 2011, 3:27 am
This seems to be at least making an ATTEMPT to do something constructive, but, reading the article, it seems that there are an awful lot of loop holes in this! It really is quite a complex situation, isn't it? It looks as if, even if this is not as helpful as it was hoped, that at least people world-wide seem to be waking up to the fact that we MUST save our forests! A few years ago, you were laughed upon and called a 'greeny' in a very derogartory manner if you were trying to save forsetsand people would go around with bumper sitckers which read, " Doze in a greeny" etc! Things ARE changing.. SLOWLY! Thanks Cal.

Raluca Anghel (84)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 3:52 am
noted, thanks!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 4:56 am
We all need to use less wood. That would be a much more efficient way to save the forests.

. (0)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 6:57 am
Thank you Cal, noted.

Susanne R (236)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 8:38 am
Greed and corruption seem to go hand-in-hand. The land offers a wealth of resources, and a few people manage to take control and benefit from what isn't their's to sell, while the rest of the population has little recourse but to let it happen. I'm glad they found a way to begin to tackle this problem. I hope they're able to make it work and keep it working. Unless I overlooked it, the author didn't mention any effective and equitable oversight, means of enforcement, or consequences in the event that somewhere along the line, someone doesn't comply. But at least the problem is being addressed and new technologies are being introduced to people who might otherwise never have the opportunity to learn about them. Who knows where that might lead. Education is a valuable resource, and it appears that this barcoding process can provide an opportunity for the people of Liberia to learn a lot about technology and business practices. Let's hope that corruption doesn't raise its ugly head and put an end to the progress this process might achieve.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 2:25 pm
Noted and thanx Cal

David C (75)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 4:16 pm
Alexandra said my initial thoughts... we all need to use less wood...
Anything that will save trees will help save the world...I hope

Janice S (0)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 8:47 pm
Thank you.

. (0)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 8:56 pm
sounds good

Rebecca T (1)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 9:34 pm
Interesting concept.

Tan S (0)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 9:53 pm
save the forests is also save ourselves.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 10:06 pm

Marzia F (31)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 10:56 pm

Ruth R (246)
Saturday May 28, 2011, 11:40 pm
noted, that is a good amount of information in one article.

Monica D (580)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 1:19 am
Alexandra and Dave are right - we need to use less wood. Smaller houses and secondhand furniture are a good way to go. We also need to use less paper.

Dana W (9)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 1:30 am
Interesting, but doubt it will help much. Too much greed and disregard for the environment in these poor countries.

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 8:11 am
Noted - sounds like a step in the right direction, even if it's a small step!

Lin Penrose (92)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 12:39 pm
Thanks Cal. It's certainly worth a try and hope it does work to some extent.

Robert T (62)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 1:06 pm
Hopefully, this plan will be a huge success, but the devil is in the enforcement.

Prochi T (2)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 1:16 pm
great news, hope they keep it up.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 3:46 pm
I like it!!

Edward Catterton (14)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 4:32 pm
I wish them luck, there is a lot of hurdles to be jumped before this will become a reality according to the entire article, aho.

Robert O (12)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 4:40 pm
Well it sounds like a very innovative idea, but complications will arise (as they usually do) but from what I can tell there seem to be few ways that are prone to err, but hopefully they will find solutions to those problems. Thanks.

Eternal G (734)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 4:44 pm
How deeply sad is it that we reached this stage, the need for barcoding trees!

Sonny Honrado (5)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 6:25 pm
With bar coding I guess it will be easier to keep track of the trees in the forest.

Star S. (54)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 7:25 pm
noted- I agree with eternal gardener- how sad that we need to do this. We don't love and respect these beautiful entities enough. Just go out and the trees you have around you- for those who have them we are blessed..

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 10:59 pm

greenplanet e (155)
Monday May 30, 2011, 1:29 am
Well, if some country could pay them NOT to cut their trees -- some sort of REDD agreement that might be better. We need to save the planet's rainforests.

Alicia N (87)
Monday May 30, 2011, 8:32 am

Jay curnow (196)
Monday May 30, 2011, 8:41 am
Danna W......Sadly it's not the locals Greed & lack of concern that's the problem in poorer's the exploitation of the land & it's people by the greed of big business enterprizes!

Lynne B (0)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 2:16 am
Any attempt to protect trees is worth trying.
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