Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

Safeguarding the world’s freshwater resources: Global Forests and Water Action Plan launched

One-third of the world’s largest cities—including New York, Mumbai and Bogotá—rely directly on forests for a large proportion of their drinking water. A new five-year action plan for forests and water was launched on 8 September 2015 at...

Community bylaws improve landscape management

Experience from Uganda shows that when villages and districts create regulations to manage forests and restoration, benefits flow.   Through collective awareness of land-management challenges at the grassroots level, governments and others are effectively coerced to make policy...

The right tree for the right place: vegetationmap4africa v2 includes smartphone app

Tree enthusiasts on the move can now identify species as they go, and at the same time gain a deeper understanding of their natural environment, thanks to a new version of vegetationmap4africa (www.vegetationmap4africa.org). The new version of the...

Experts and farmers propose strategies for using agroforestry to restore degraded lands in Brazil

Agroforestry, the cultivation of trees on farmland in different combinations with crops and livestock, can play a strategic role in restoring protected areas in Brazil. This was one of the key conclusions to come out of a recent...

Buol, villagers, landscape

Can poor villages improve their livelihoods and protect their environment?

A new law in Indonesia gives funds for development but villages don’t have the capacity to carry it through. A workshop identified rewards-for-environmental-services’ schemes as potential capacity builders   The Government of Indonesia’s recently promulgated Law no. 6/2014...

oil palm, seedlings, Sulawesi, Photo Nichola Mitakda

Indonesian agriculture isn’t as ‘green’ as planned

Indonesia’s agricultural policies aim to reduce the environmental footprint but actions are incomplete, creating a gap between aspirations and reality   Indonesia has embraced sustainable agriculture through a variety of national strategies, such as National Agenda 21, national...

Field visit, Doan Ket village, Son La, Northwest Viet Nam Photo Tran Phong

New coordinated research initiative launched in Viet Nam

The Humidtropics’ Research for Development Platform for Northwest Viet Nam will help focus national and world attention on the region to address major challenges   The Humidtropics’ Research for Development (R4D) Platform in the Northwest of Viet Nam...

Delia C. Catacutan (left) and Nguyen Thi Thanh An

Australian support for agroforestry development in Viet Nam

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is working with ICRAF to test new agroforestry systems in Northwest Viet Nam, explains Nguyen Thi Thanh An   The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has a mission to...

tree domestication, grafting, AFLI, Viet Nam

Viet Nam needs a tree-domestication strategy

Despite extensive forest restoration since the wars, quality remains low and indigenous species are underutilised. A comprehensive national strategy would speed increases in timber supply, farmers’ livelihoods, biodiversity and environmental security.   Over the last 25 years, planted...

Empowering farmers with knowledge and skills changes lives

To visit with Cameroonian farmer Louis-Marie Atangana is to witness first hand how farmers’ empowerment with knowledge and skills can change lives and landscapes. Until 4 years ago Atangana, 45, was a cassava farmer struggling to feed his...

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