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UNITED NATIONS, May 14, Xinhua -- A new international agreement on forests should aim to advance sustainable forest management and reverse deforestation, a senior UN official said here Wednesday.

Addressing the high-level segment of the 11th Session of the UN Forum on Forests, Martin Sajdik, president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said that the international arrangement on forests (IAF) should harness its full potential to mobilize further political support and resources required to fulfil its objectives.

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JAKARTA, May 13, Xinhua - Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed on Wednesday to extend the forest moratorium program that bans further forest opening for industry, and that arrangement to improve efficacy of the program would be discussed by the related ministries and environmentalist organizations operating in the country.

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Great Khingan Forest Farm in China. Photo from Xinhua

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INDONESIA, May 11, Xinhua - Indonesian Police successfully secured dozens of critically endangered yellow-crested cockatoos from illegal wildlife trading last week. The Indonesian government called on residents to release yellow-crested cockatoos back into the forest with tracking devices in order to avoid their extinction.

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Yellow-crested cockatoos are seen in a cage after being handed in by a citizen at the Natural Resources Conservation Center office in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 11, 2015. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain)

NICOSIA, May 11, Xinhua - Cypriot environmentalists and conservationists have just started a three-year project to control pests threatening centuries-old carob groves which used to be the source of a sizable income for village farmers a few decades ago.

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NAIROBI, May 9, Xinhua - The Kenyan government on Friday commissioned an ultra-modern wildlife forensic laboratory as part of a long-term strategy to combat poaching of iconic mammals.

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The Chinese government destroyed 6.1 tonnes of confiscated ivory in Dongguan on Jan. 6, 2014, to demonstrate the country's determination to discourage illegal ivory trade, protect wildlife and raise public awareness.

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