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The reasons why the richest benefit from community-based forest management

Why are the wealthiest farmers and a state-owned company benefiting the most from a scheme intended to help the poorest? Further study has revealed a complex web of migration, skills, capital, extra-curricular payments, evasive action and a lack...

Mr Nikom Onkew, chair of the Mae Win sub-district administration senate

Local government and ecosystem rewards’ schemes in Thailand

The chair of Mae Win sub-district administrative office senate in Thailand is also an agroforester and eco-tourism operator who supports rewarding local people who protect their environment   By Robert Finlayson   ‘Having a variety of plants in...

agroforest, Indonesia, watershed

Thirty percent forest or 70% agroforest: which will make an Indonesian watershed healthy?

Indonesia’s spatial planning law prescribes 30% of land needs to be set aside as forest for watershed functions. But this number was originally based on melting snow in Europe. Will it lead to healthy watersheds in the tropics?...

The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 and Living Data competition

The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to people involved in the policy processes on climate change and development. An online competition is intended to spark wide interest The...

Reducing emissions from Jambi province, Indonesia, through ‘nested’ plans

Governments at all levels in Indonesia have to reduce greenhouse emissions to meet national targets. Scientists are helping them integrate their plans   By Bonie Dewantara and Atiek Widayati Within the context of reducing emissions globally, Indonesia promulgated...

Migrants, land and deforestation in Indonesia

Internal migrants in Indonesia have shifted land arrangements, resulting in both social and ecological damage: land conflicts increase along with deforestation. This complex relationship has been underplayed in the REDD debate, say Gamma Galudra, Meine van Noordwijk, Putra...

Switzerland, ASEAN and social forestry: a labour of love

At a farewell event for the outgoing Swiss ambassador to ASEAN, it became clear that his involvement with social forestry was personal as well as effective   His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, ambassador of Switzerland to Indonesia and the...

Facing the challenges of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

With a growing population greater than the United States, the Greater Mekong Sub-Region is under enormous pressure caused by over-use of natural resources. The World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University have joined together to help find solutions...

Why reducing deforestation is not like the usual kind of Russian dolls

Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from land uses requires coordinated actions locally, nationally and globally. The ‘nesting’ of institutions needed to do this are assumed to be something like a series of identical but ever-smaller Russian dolls. There are other...

REDD ready or not?

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation was thought to be a quick way to slow global warming. But after ten years of testing the international REDD framework, scientists express their doubts in three new publications,...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...