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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...

Linking fertilizer subsidies to sustainable farming with trees

A proposed new platform to link Southern Africa’s fertilizer subsidies to sustainable farming practices could be key to reversing the region’s land degradation crisis. The platform – which would be jointly sponsored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)...

A national agroforestry policy is an imperative for Viet Nam

Despite clear evidence of agroforestry’s potential to address environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty, there is no national agroforestry policy in Viet Nam. One is sorely needed, say researchers   Numerous agroforestry systems have been tested in Viet...

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...

learning landscapes, Asia, RUPES

Learning how landscapes work for better livelihoods and ecosystems

The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre and the RUPES project has been maintaining ‘learning landscapes’ for over a decade to discover ways of helping poor smallholders’ improve their...

Sumberjaya, River Care, contract

CGIAR brings people together to conserve a watershed in Sumatra

The Way Besai watershed, which was experiencing conflict, is now harmonious thanks to an initiative by a CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry team from the World Agroforestry Centre   In 2014, the Community Forestry Farmers’...

Indonesia adopts advice on ecosystem services from the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

Indonesia’s newly formed Ministry of Environment and Forestry has adopted recommendations from studies conducted by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and the RUPES project   As one of its first initiatives, in January 2015...

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...

Customary leader Wambena Mr Levrans Yarisetouw

Papua is ready but the world isn’t

Home to a vast area of natural forests considered critical to slowing climate change, Papua province in Indonesia is ready to develop a ‘green economy’ but the world isn’t ready to invest   Committed to retaining 80% of...

Olof Skoog, Hery Dosinaen, Papua

EU ambassador visits ParCiMon project sites in Papua

    Ambassador Skoog (L) and Papua provincial secretary Mr Hery Dosinaen. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson     His Excellency Olof Skoog, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN, visited Papua province, Indonesia,...