Cool insights for a hot world: trees and forests recycle water

Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change, but the directly important aspects of the tree-climate relationships...

Towards a global centre of excellence for mining restoration

The scale of mining activities today is greater than ever but so are its environmental and social impacts. Over the past few decades mining has contributed to millions of hectares of land degradation worldwide. Open-pit mining transforms productive...

Biodiesel from palm oil: finding the sweet spot between ecology and economy

Scientists at ICRAF The World Agroforestry Centre have struck the golden mean between intensification and environmental health for oil-palm plantations. Their analysis shows that sustainable systems can significantly boost production but not as high as some analysts believed....

It only takes prunings from trees on farms and efficient stoves for smallholder farmers to meet their cooking energy needs

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 2.5 billion people in the world, mostly in developing countries, depend on biomass energy for cooking and heating. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 90% of the population rely on wood...

The A to Z of soil biodiversity

The soil is the “living, breathing skin of our planet.” It is the basis of food production and essential for clean water, health, greenhouse gas capture and numerous other functions that support life on earth. Soil biodiversity is...

While raising crop yields, African thorn tree Faidherbia albida captures large amounts of carbon

A large, old Faidherbia albida tree with a metre-plus diameter stored the equivalent of the CO2 emitted by 8 cars over one year. These useful trees play an important role in carbon sequestration, a critical part of the...

Finding long-term solutions for degraded peat land: video

A video has been released that documents research in Jambi Province, Indonesia on how best to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from land use on peat, including intercropping oil palm and other crops.   A video released by the World...

Strengthening partnerships through advanced agroforestry research in Viet Nam

A training course has helped cement relationships with key agroforestry-development organizations in Viet Nam and prepared young researchers for future growth. By Rachmat Mulia and La Nguyen ‘The training was really important because it introduced advanced agroforestry research...

Bhutan learns how to improve payments for ecosystem services

Staff of the Bhutan Government have been trained by the World Agroforestry Centre in methods for improving their ecosystem services’ schemes.   Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are incentive-based schemes that bridge conservation initiatives and community livelihoods. The...

ICRAF Statement to the UNFCCC COP21 High Level Session, Paris, December 2015

Here is the Statement from International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) to the UNFCCC COP21 High Level Session, Paris, December 2015 Delivered on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, by ICRAF Director General Prof  Anthony Simons We are pleased...

Sustainable bioenergy and the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia

Bioenergy can play a role in Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. And several other Goals. But some conditions need to be met.   ‘Bioenergy is...

Why food waste is a concern for tropical forest conservation

Does wasting food lead to the loss of tropical forests? Though not obvious at first glance, researchers say clear links exist between food loss and wastage, and deforestation. This is because clearing intact forests to produce both commodity...

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