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Cathy Watson

Cathy Watson is chief of programme development at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Before joining ICRAF in November 2012, she founded and ran two NGOs in Uganda -- Straight Talk Foundation and Mvule Trust. She was made a senior Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship in 2006. She has also been a foreign correspondent, working for The Guardian and the BBC, among others. A graduate in biology and Latin American Studies from Princeton, she has over 30 years of work experience in Africa with a focus on trees, youth, HIV, families, and communication for social change. She holds a graduate certificate in agroforestry from the University of Missouri.

How will the Philippines measure the success of its flagship reforestation program?

  The participation of public and private entities is a crucial element in developing a monitoring and evaluation framework that includes the issues of all relevant sectors at national and sub-national levels. The Enhanced National Greening Program was...

A Green Climate Fund program that all Philippine sectors can call their own

  Non-governmental organizations reviewed the proposed Philippine program of the Green Climate Fund and shared their climate priorities.   In the past few months, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Philippines in partnership with the Climate Change Commission and...

Priorities for Green Climate Fund identified by the Philippines

  Almost 400 initiatives were consolidated from government agencies to create the focus areas that will compose the Green Climate Fund Country Program of the Philippines   The Green Climate Fund is a billion-dollar global platform that invests...

Philippines to access the Green Climate Fund

The Philippines is preparing a proposal to access the Green Climate Fund, a billion-dollar platform that bankrolls low-emission and climate-resilient programs in developing countries. “Ambition enables finance,” said Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and...

A theory of change for better monitoring of the Philippine Enhanced National Greening Program

A theory of change is guiding the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the second phase of one of the world’s largest reforestation programs. The Philippine Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP), one of the world’s largest...

Resolution on harnessing trees on farms for a green economy in the Philippines

  Government agencies, the private sector, NGOs and universities want a new direction for increasing trees on farms to grow a green economy and strengthen the vulnerable archipelago   It will take 206 years to restore to productivity...

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,...

The Philippines needs a national agroforestry policy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

  Representatives of Philippine government forestry and agriculture agencies, the private sector, universities, farmers’ organizations and NGOs are calling for a national agroforestry policy to meet climate challenges   The Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable...

Sharing innovations in climate-smart agriculture

  Representatives from Indonesia, Philippines and Viet Nam met to share innovations developed during the Climate-Smart, Tree-based, Co-investment in Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia project ‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to achieving the Sustainable Development...

What stories can a pixel tell?: monitoring landscape changes through remote sensing

A monitoring system has the potential to help governments, research organizations and other groups detect changes in landscapes, such as deforestation and establishment of oil palm plantations.   Representatives from government agencies, research organizations and academe in the...

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...

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...

Cambodia and Myanmar call for more help to develop agroforestry

Senior representatives of the governments of Cambodia and Myanmar have called on the World Agroforestry Centre to support development of agroforestry in their countries.   At a meeting of senior forestry, environment and agriculture delegates from member states...

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