How U.N. proposed climate budget cuts will impact REDD+ programs

In July, a community-led Kenyan conservation organization called Mikoko Pamoja, Mangroves Together, was among the 2017 Equator Prize winners. The program was singled out as an exceptional REDD+ project, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, a global...

People matter for peat

Better management of Indonesia’s vast peatlands, some of the biggest and most efficient carbon stores on the planet, which have been extensively degraded, means working with the people who make their living from them.

How to be sustainable: work together

At least one regional research-in-development project in Southeast Asia has found that working together is the best way to ensure a sustainable future. Sustainability is a major challenge not only for the planet but also for research-in-development projects...

Helping rice farmers grow trees for adapting to climate change

  Trees in, and around, rice fields help farmers’ become more resilient to climate change, improve their incomes and protect the environment. A new practical manual helps guide farmers in Southeast Asia, the rice bowl of the world....

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...

Huge potential for non-timber forest products in Viet Nam

Products from forests in Viet Nam aren’t well developed. Nor has their potential to help fight climate change been fully realized. Now researchers and government are working together to change this. The high value of non-timber forest products...

From Paris to Marrakech: forests, climate change and REDD+ in Southeast Asia

The implications of international agreements on the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their extensive forests was explained at an Experts Dialogue in Indonesia   The Paris Agreement is a global deal...

What will it take to restore 100 million hectares of land in Africa?

Never before in the history of mankind have we been challenged to shape our own survival —Wanjira Mathai The challenge is massive, but so is the promise. Healing 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested land in Africa...

Straight talk: Grants are needed to develop scalable community-based Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) business models to achieve AFR100

By Fraser Brown One of the hot topics at AFR100’s (as a contribution to the Bonn Challenge) inaugural event held in Addis Ababa on 11 and 12 October 2016 was, of course, finance. And with estimates that AFR100’s...

Alex Oduor and Malesu Maimbo, water engineers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), talk with Khat farmers in Embu. Khat cultivation is severely impacting water availability yet is lucrative for farmers. Photo D Odhiambo/ICRAF

Resolving the khat conundrum: when a profitable crop has downsides

With European markets closed to the khat grown in one Kenyan county, khat grown in another county is making inroads into coffee, tea and forest. Environmental damage is escalating. Fortunately, researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre have a...

Nipa-Nipa reserve saved by multilateral alliance of government, farmers and NGOs

  Nearly 18 years after the establishment of the Nipa-Nipa Grand Forest Park conservation area in Southeast Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, new, broadly-supported legislation marks the beginning of its collaborative management and the end of a lengthy democratic process....

Research centres, banks, businesses, civil society and farmers join forces to fight future food shortages in Asia

The Asian Development Bank is working with the CGIAR, a global partnership for a food-secure future, as the key research partner in a broad coalition of partners to boost food production across the region.   We are faced...

Seeing swidden

Swidden aka shifting cultivation has long been criticised as an unsustainable agricultural practice in Southeast Asia. Research is revealing its complexities and benefits   Swiddening, that is, the practice of clearing forest for annual crops and then managing...

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