From 1 November, the CGIAR FTA will have a new Director. French national Vincent Gitz joins the program from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, where he served as Assistant Director for Food Policy. Read more about him here.
The Shinyanga land restoration project is a favorite tale in the development aid and research communities. Scientists with the CGIAR FTA hope that it can now be a model for the new land restoration movement and teach a lesson or two about climate-smart landscapes. Find out why.
The UNFCCC COP 22 is approaching fast and so is this year’s Global Landscapes Forum, the biggest event under the CGIAR FTA. There is still time to present your organization, enterprise or idea on climate action for sustainable development. Find out here what you can do.
If Indonesia combined a forest moratorium with livelihood support for the local population it could significantly reduce its CO2 emissions, a CGIAR FTA study suggests. Researchers modelled the effects of three different scenarios for two districts in Kalimantan. The results were striking.
Do children eat better close to trees? This conclusion might be a bit daring. But it seems to be true that kids living in tree-dominated landscapes have healthier diets than kids living in the same regions without trees. This is what a new study under the CGIAR FTA suggests. Read more here.
The Landscape Portal with its interactive maps, e.g. on the CGIAR FTA Sentinel Landscapes project, has matured over the past five years. This open-source, interactive tool counts between 100 and 300 users per day from all over the world. For the next phase scientists promise more features and improved ease of use. Find out more here.
Large-scale monoculture timber plantations don’t have the best reputation, especially not among conservationists. But what if they actually benefitted forest conservation? How? By easing pressure on natural forests, scientists under the CGIAR FTA suggest after reviewing a wealth of literature on the question. Find out more here.
The district of Buol in Sulawesi, Indonesia thinks it is smart to stick with the useful Smart-Tree Invest project, co-funded by the CGIAR FTA. After four years, the project that aims to improve smallholder livelihoods through agroforestry will run out in 2017. Now the district government has made a smart move to keep it going.
CGIAR FTA scientists have been advocating for a landscape approach to land use management for a long time. Still, it is difficult to find concrete examples of where landscape approaches have worked. But that could change if the different land use sectors exchanged their views and experiences. An upcoming event wants to foster exactly that.
How are biodiversity and ecosystem services linked? This is one of the questions addressed in the recently published Handbook of Ecosystem Services to which CGIAR FTA researchers have contributed. One chapter in the book focuses specifically on soil biodiversity. The authors argue that we need to know more about this hidden biodiversity. And about the ways plants and soil interact to provide the ecosystem services that are required for sustainable agriculture.
Despite impressive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, over half a billion people in the region still go hungry. Climate-smart agriculture, including agroforestry, has huge potential to improve food security and address climate change at the same time. Experts at a recent Asian Development Bank event discussed what should be done to expand such practices and bring greater benefits to more people. Read blog one and two.