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Humans not trees are the solution for the Philippines

  Without an effective government bureaucracy, the Philippines could not achieve its goals, says Marlo Mendoza, first director of the National Greening Program   While it has been recognized by the public health sector for a long time,...

Forestry ministry calls for help to transfer 12.7 million hectares to communities

  The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry has called on civil society organizations to help speed the handover of forest rights to communities. Despite valiant efforts in the last two years to overcome the complexities of community...

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.

Indonesian president hands over management of forests to indigenous people

President Joko Widodo has bestowed the right to manage customary forests on nine indigenous communities, heralding the end of decades of uncertainty and the beginning of a new era of secure right to land. The World Agroforestry Centre...

A talk with the Tala-andig tribe: thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect

Research and development aim to benefit communities but how should researchers and indigenous people work together in projects? Here are some thoughts on development, deeper engagement and mutual respect based on discussions between the Tala-andig tribe and ICRAF researchers. It...

Indonesia’s Kajang indigenous community achieves land rights

The Kajang indigenous people of Bulukumba, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia have finally overcome the long impasse over recognition of their customary land.   After several years of meetings, consultations and regulatory proceedings, the council plenary meeting of the...

More sustainable and climate-smart farms with agroforestry

Farmer leaders and technicians from the agriculture office in the municipality of Lantapan, Philippines are learning about sustainable, tree-based farming that can help them adapt to climate change.   A group of 37 farmer leaders and agricultural technicians...

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...

Forest fashion, food and music wows Congress delegates: a photostory

Demonstrating that forests are more than then the sum of their trees, indigenous forest-dwellers showcased high-end fashion, food and orchestral prowess to the delight and edification of World Forestry Congress delegates. A story told in pictures…    ...

More transfer of knowledge needed South–South

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisors and governments   ‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr...

How indigenous are you?

Indigenous people have been granted rights to forests in a recent court ruling in Indonesia. But defining who is indigenous and who isn’t remains contentious.   In May 2013, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled in favour of...

Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment. Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and...

Olof Skoog, Wambena, Yepase, Papua, Indonesia

A message from Wambena and Yepase to the world

In their greeting to the European Union ambassador, the villagers of Wambena and Yepase in Jayapura District, Papua Province, sent a message with Ambassador Olof Skoog to be passed to the rest of the world: that the water,...