FTA Newsletter - September-October 2015: Focus on Sentinel Landscapes
FTA Newsletter – September-October 2015: Focus on Sentinel Landscapes
12 October, 2015
With this newsletter, we bring you some good news: our FTA pre-proposal for the next research phase received a very positive assessment from the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC). You can take a look at the pre-proposal here. And we welcome your feedback via the e-mail address below. This newsletter has a strong focus on landscapes. Sentinel Landscapes is one of FTA’s most ambitious projects, a massive compilation of data, waiting for researchers and policy-makers to make the most use of them, according to their needs. Most recently, the data-driven network was presented at the World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban. Find out more about other events at WFC in this newsletter. And as COP21 in Paris draws closer, it is also time get ready for this year’s Global Landscapes Forum.
It’s a unique and ambitious research initiative, spanning 8 landscapes across 15 countries on 3 continents. It involves scores of scientists and practitioners from 60 organizations, and employs a panoply of research methods from household surveys to soil sampling, from vegetation inventories to satellite imagery. Find out more about the Sentinel Landscapes project, which is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
Scientists working on the Sentinel Landscapes project are creating a data-driven network and platform. It is intended to offer common approaches and methods to address the social-ecological challenges facing smallholder farmers. The 200 research sites have yielded massive data sets, offering a wealth of information, waiting to be analyzed.
UNEP Head Achim Steiner, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Nigeria’s former Finance Minister Ngozi Ogonjo-Iweala are among the many renowned speakers at this year’s Global Landscapes Forum, 5–6 December in Paris. Held on the sidelines of COP21, the Forum brings together all those in land use who want to shape a sustainable future. Seven organizations are on board as Coordinating Partners: CIFOR and UNEP are joined by CIAT, WLE, WRI, World Bank and UNDP. Check out the program of this unique networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity and register here.
Food security, climate change and landscape resilience are closely linked to forests and water. A new five-year action plan to better integrate water and forestry management was launched at the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban last month. The action plan comes at a time when demands on the world’s forests are growing. It is backed by ICRAF, FAO, IUFRO and INBAR.
We need to act urgently, and with patience – this was a key message in discussions around landscape approaches at the World Forestry Congress in Durban. Landscape approaches were promoted at some 20 sessions of the event, but despite the growing momentum, experts also warned to not view them as projects but as processes.
The directors of all 15 CGIAR centers have vowed to commit to the fulfillment of the SDGs. At the same time they called on the world leaders to fund their research. “No other group of organizations combines advances in agriculture development and natural resource management better, or more comprehensively, than the CGIAR centers,” they write in an open letter to the heads of state at the 70th UN General Assembly.
Data sharing is a key issue for the next phase of CGIAR Research Programs. All CGIAR centers need to present their open access policies by the end of the year – and some funding partners are suggesting that data sharing should be condition for further funding. In that spirit, the data wonks from CIAT and other centers gathered for a regional workshop to share their vision of a cyber infrastructure for the information generated by agricultural research.