Overcoming hurdles: agroforestry as a means to reaching national climate targets in Africa

A side event at the on-going UN climate talks discussed challenges that African countries face in implementing actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and suggested viable low-carbon pathways to overcome these hurdles. Nearly 150 countries worldwide have outlined...

Rainfall: a new way to look at trees for climate mitigation

A side event at the UN climate change conference now underway in Paris (COP21) urged a new, easier-to-understand way to discuss trees and climate change mitigation: Rainfall. Rainfall made through evapotranspiration from plant matter cools the air around,...

“It’s time to stop talking and start acting” : Agroecological farming for people and the planet

Back in 2009, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) issued a clarion call for a deep reform of agriculture globally. “Business as usual is not an option,” the comprehensive, evidence-based global series...

Approach a landscape from the ground or lose your way in words

A ‘landscape approach’ has been bandied about by researchers and development practitioners for decades. But what exactly is it? Does it work? It’s time to start finding out, on the ground.   The term ‘landscape approach’ was first...

LUMENS lights the way to a green economy

A new participatory land-use planning method being trialled in Indonesia promises to deliver the groundwork for a ‘green’ economy Indonesia has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 41% by 2020, as stated in...

Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment. Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and...

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