Barbara Fraser


Barbara Fraser has lived for more than two decades in Peru, where her work as a freelance journalist has taken her from the desert coast to the foot of Andean glaciers to native communities in the Amazon basin. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in environmental studies and specializes in reporting on environmental, public health, indigenous and social issues.

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Stories from Colombia, Indonesia and India

Tackling the gendered hazards facing environmental defenders

Nationally determined contributions

Tackling multiple restoration challenges

Although continents apart, hunters in the forests of Africa and Latin America can learn from each other’s experiences in wildlife management and the use of bushmeat, according to experts from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). “In both the Congo and the Amazon, millions of people depend on wild species for food, and hunting […]

Farming and ranching remain the main drivers of deforestation in Brazil, a new study from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has found. But any new government policy to combat the problem may be undermined by lack of coordination and communication, says one of the study’s authors, Monica Di Gregorio, a senior CIFOR associate. […]

Forests are an important link in the food chain, especially for women and children and others at high risk of hunger and malnutrition, early results from ongoing research shows. But land rights are a crucial enabling factor in the food security of forest people, experts say. “Forests and trees alone will not achieve global food security, but […]

It’s coming soon. And it’s time to act now. Imminent climatic changes challenge planners and policy makers to forecast likely impacts and launch adaptation plans a decade or more before the worst effects are felt. With more (and better) data and tools for exploring future scenarios, planners can make land-management decisions, justify investments and map […]