Strengthening the next generation of Peruvian Amazonian Leaders

Young leaders from six Indigenous nations in the Peruvian Amazon will head back home with a new vision and resources to tackle pressing environmental and social issues in their communities. During their visit to Wake Forest University this month, the Indigenous leader delegation spent several […]

New CINCIA study reveals the true carbon impact of reforestation

a hand holding brazil nut husks on the left and another holding biochar on the right

To effectively combat climate change, humanity needs to both stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and to lock away at least some that we’ve already unleashed, a process called carbon sequestration. Reforestation — replanting trees at large scale — is often touted as a […]

COP25 may put climate at greater risk by failing to address forests

Never have the stakes been higher, nor perhaps planetary politics or nature more unsettled, as participants gather for the annual United Nations Climate Summit. Indicative of a global sense of urgency, the European parliament just last week declared a “climate and environmental emergency,” urging EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Rainforest Destruction from Gold Mining Hits All-Time High in Peru

By Wake Forest University Communications & External Relations Katie Neal (’03) and Alicia Roberts  (WINSTON-SALEM, NC, November 8, 2018) – Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by […]

Reforesting the Amazon, a Live Interview with the BBC World Service

As of 2017, thirty-eight percent of Peru’s forests were lost to deforestation due to gold mining in the area. But there is hope. Wake Forest researchers have developed newfound ways to reforest and heal the soil that is left poisoned by mercury. “What we’ve had […]