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Debate: What can save the rainforests?

Article published on the 2008-12-02 Latest update 2008-12-02 07:42 TU

The Amazon river flows through the Amazon rainforest(Photo: NASA World Wind)

The Amazon river flows through the Amazon rainforest
(Photo: NASA World Wind)

Poor nations are slashing and burning rainforests faster than ever. Can free markets help save them by placing a financial value on rainfall and biodiversity? Can environmentally responsible consumers make sustainable forestry pay more than forest crimes? Will the United Nations Climate Change Conference, now underway in Poland, make a difference? Brent Gregston discusses these issues with a panel including Jean Bakouma, of WWF France, responsible for sustainable development in the Congo basin; Andrew Mitchell, head of the Global Canopy Programme, an alliance of rainforest scientists; and Greenpeace forest campaigner, Jerome Frignet.

Crossroads debate: Saving the forests

02/12/2008 by Brent Gregston

Crossroads

East Africa's first rapid reaction military force

Christopher Thomson reports from a training exercise with the African Union's new regional peacekeeping army in East Africa.

2010-02-16 14:04 TU

Plastic political elite on TV

Kenya's XYZ show uses plastic puppets to poke fun at politicians, encourage democracy and let Kenyans poke fun at themselves.

2010-02-09 13:31 TU

The battle for biodiversity

The United Nations has declared 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity to highlight the devastation of the world’s species.

2010-02-02 09:43 TU

Kenya's biggest microfinanciers

In the second of a two-part report, Aidan O'Donnell visits a micro-finance group in Kenya called Jamii Bora. From small beginnings, it has become the biggest such company in the country.

2010-01-26 12:22 TU

Kenya's biggest microfinanciers

Crossroads visits a micro-finance group in Kenya called Jamii Bora which, from small beginnings, has become the biggest such company in the country.

2010-01-26 12:36 TU

Debate: Killing and rape on all sides in the DRC

Has the Congo-UN offensive gone badly wrong? Brent Gregston discusses the situation with a panel of experts.

2010-01-12 12:07 TU

Has the UN offensive in the DRC gone wrong?

A UN-backed operation in the eastern DRC - Kimia II - has been suspended amid reports of war crimes by the Congolese army. Crossroads asks whether the Congo-UN offensive has gone badly wrong?

2010-01-05 14:19 TU

A street in Bo-Kaap(Photo: Wikipedia/Flickr)

History, religion and cooking in Cape Town

A walk through Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, looks at the coming of slaves to the Cape, the emergence of Islam, mouth-watering cuisine and a long-running New Year tradition.

2009-12-29 11:15 TU

Rediscovering the magic of Christmas in Cape Town

Crossroads investigates how children in South Africa are rediscovering the magic of giving Christmas presents thanks to an innovative Non-Governmental Organisation called Kidz to Kidz.

2009-12-22 17:09 TU

Climate Change Africa

How will Africa deal with climate change?

2009-12-08 16:40 TU