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Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz is the communications officer for the World Agroforestry Centre Philippines. She is developing an integrated communications strategy for the Philippine program, scripting and editing videos and promoting projects through various media. Her other interests include social media, writing and photography. She has a Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, major in Science Communication.

tree planting, Philippines

Reforestation is more than carbon

A team of researchers are advocating ‘climate-smart reforestation’: reforestation for climate-change mitigation and adaptation that takes into account the impacts of climate change on the reforestation itself.   Researchers from different universities and institutions discuss in a recently...

New study shows that tree dieback affects the climate change mitigation potential of a dry afromontane forest in northern Ethiopia

Tropical forests play a critical role in climate change mitigation by balancing atmospheric carbon fluxes. However, dry forests are susceptible to dieback under conditions of increased temperature and extreme climatic events such as drought, which affects their potential...

researchers, systematic review of long-fallow swidden systems in Southeast Asia, SEARCA, seminar

‘Is it good or bad?’ Challenging views about swidden agriculture

Swidden agriculture is often viewed as a highly destructive practice. However, researchers have found that swidden may offer benefits to both resource-poor farmers and the global community.     Part 3 of the changing story of swidden. Read...

Crop failure, drought, Philippines

Leading scientist warns of impacts of climate change in Asia

Natural ecosystems are set to change dramatically in Asia and humans will not escape the consequences, warns Rodel D. Lasco of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change   ‘Practically every spot on the Earth has warmed,’ said Dr...

pineapple plantation Bukidnon Philippines

Healthy watersheds need everyone’s help, agrees International Fund for Agricultural Development

Everyone with an interest in a watershed has to be involved for its protection to be effective. Deceptively simple, this finding from the Philippines is now being globally promoted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development   From...

Ha Tinh, farmer, livestock, annual crop, trees

Viet Nam governments invest in Smart Trees

Local government agencies in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces are fully supportive of more trees on farms to help farmers adapt to climate change   On 11–14 March 2015, the regional project team from Bogor, Indonesia visited...

cocoa, tree, cacao, farmer, planting, Bohol, Philippines

Why aren’t farmers growing more trees?

Researchers in the Philippines found that farmers’ recognition of services provided by trees is an important but insufficient prerequisite for agroforestry adoption. More education is needed.   By Christine Marie D. Habito and Nina Astrid Fenger   Do...

Evergreen, Nipa and ‘push-pull’ presented at global innovations forum 2015

Agriculture as practiced in most parts of the world today will simply not feed a human population of 9 billion by 2050. Innovation in food production is needed, and it needs to be adopted on a wide scale....

Empower Women for a Sustainable Africa: 2015 Africa Environment Day/ Wangari Maathai Day

“You do not need a diploma to plant a tree.” This was Professor Wangari Maathai’s smart response to people who were questioning her decision to train illiterate rural women on how to grow and nurture trees. To celebrate...

Just coping: Farmers’ responses to climate variability in Malawi

The recent devastating floods in southern Malawi and surrounding areas brought into sharp focus the reality of climate change and its effects on ordinary people in this landlocked southern African country. Besides floods, delayed rains and droughts have...

Jayawijaya Low-Emissions Development Working Group public consultation Wamena

Papuan local wisdom works with scientific knowledge to reduce greenhouse gases

Jayawijaya regency in central Papua province, Indonesia, is combing local ecological wisdom with scientific technical support to devise low-emission development through land-use plans   The Baliem Valley in central Papua has no road access and was only ‘discovered’...

Ambassador Skoog (L) and Mr Levrans Yarisetow

A village in Papua sets out to save the world

A small, remote village in Papua province, Indonesia, wants to share the knowledge it has gained to help slow climate change, beginning with the ambassador of the European Union   The village of Wambena, clinging to a clifftop...

oil palm, rice field

Oil palm can help to sequester more carbon

According to researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre, oil-palm plantations can help climate-change mitigation by not only reducing greenhouse-gas emissions through use as a biofuel but also by sequestering a considerable amount of carbon   In the Philippines,...

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