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Focus on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry in 2016

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2016 is crucial for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. After many achievements during the first four years of the program, we now are reaching a turning point. Our thousands of publications have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and hundreds of researchers have been guided and trained. We now need to capitalize on everything we built – our team, a collaborative spirit, management tools and strong partnerships – and embark on our second phase from 2017 to 2022. We will continue our emphasis on gender integration in all stages of our research, supporting open-access to publications and updating our data platforms and interactive portals. And, we are looking for new partners.
FTA research will again be well represented at key events, as it was at the recent Asia Pacific Forestry Week. In June, an FTA-driven event, the Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case, will engage partners, policy makers and the private sector in determining science-based solutions to the earth’s biggest challenges. Read here what else our five flagships have planned for this year.

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What 2016 holds in store for forests, trees and agroforestry in 2016


This year means big changes for the FTA. The impact assessment for the entire research program will be released, and following that the FTA will move into a new phase of research to be finalized in March. But before all that, we asked our coordinators what else this year holds in store for research on forests, trees and agroforestry. Here are their answers.



Best FTA publications of 2015


You don’t have to share what is sitting on your bedside table, but do send us a list of your five favorite publications related to forests, trees and agroforestry research in 2015. Based on your submissions, we will compile a list of the best reads for the FTA website as well as hold a drawing. The scientist whose name is selected will then have the opportunity to present his/her research in a video. Find out more here.


Revealing local knowledge through research

Bioversity International

Young scientists with Bioversity International wanted to find out how rural communities manage natural resources under different conditions. They used participatory, gender-sensitive methods and worked creatively around the challenges they faced. In this video, they discuss their experiences.


Will you research with me?


Understanding the roles that trees play in landscapes is at the heart of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. And, even after five productive years, this work is far from over and we are looking for reinforcements. At Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016, FTA scientists called for more partners to join them so that knowledge can be shared more effectively and have a bigger impact.


Tell us all about it: research impacting people’s lives


The FTA’s assessment year is a fitting time to look at impacts on the ground. Throughout the year, we will be focusing on success stories. Where has your research made a difference? Has your research influenced policy, changed someone’s practice or impacted livelihoods and lives? Alert us to potential stories at and we will publicize them as part of the FTA’s knowledge-sharing efforts.



Progress for women in forestry


Gender experts shared their experiences improving gender balance in the forestry sector at last year’s World Forestry Congress in Durban. What worked? What didn’t? Where did it work and where did it not? Find out more here.



CIFOR aligns work with SDGs and climate goals


With its new 2016-2025 strategy, CIFOR is stepping up to the new climate and development agendas. All CIFOR research will support the new development paradigm, tackling climate change while reducing poverty, protecting local livelihoods, rights and tenure, and enhancing ecosystem services. With CIFOR as the lead in the FTA, this will impact research on forests, trees and agroforestry.



Trees, Landscapes, Climate, Food


It couldn’t be clearer than Trees, Landscapes, Climate, Food – the title of the World Agroforestry Centre’s 2014-15 Annual Report. With ICRAF’s strong role in the FTA, this report says much about FTA research. Highlights include sustainable land management, the importance of public-private partnerships and the role of agroforestry for food security.


Pledges, politics and palm oil


Zero deforestation pledges are easy to declare, but implementation is complicated. Pablo Pacheco, coordinator of the FTA Flagship on Global Governance, Trade and Investment, takes an in-depth look at the palm oil sector in Indonesia and the obstacles to sustainable production.


Agro + forestry = SDGs


Agroforestry can contribute to all the Sustainable Development Goals, says Meine van Noordwijk, coordinator of the FTA Landscapes Flagship. At Asia-Pacific Forestry Week last February 2016, he made his case in front of practitioners and policy makers. Read here how they reacted.



Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case


With more than 3,200 stakeholders from forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance, the third Global Landscapes Forum in Paris broke its own record from 2014. The Forum’s organizers are gearing up for their next big FTA-driven event in London on 6 June, the Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case that aims to take investments in sustainable landscapes to the next level.



Action research to improve forest, tree products in Indonesia


How can forestry and agroforestry management practices be improved so that smallholders move towards integrated management and production of timber and non-timber forest products? This question is at the heart of an action research program in three Indonesian provinces that holds the potential to improve smallholder livelihoods.





Dynamics of Land Use/Cover Change and Carbon Emission in Buol District, Indonesia

Agroforestry and Forestry in Sulawesi series: Evaluation of the Agroforestry Farmer Field Schools on agroforestry management in South and Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Gender and Climate Change: evidence and experience

Forest land restoration enhances food security in Sahelian landscapes

Zero-deforestation commitments in Indonesia: Governance challenges

Low-emission development strategies (LEDS): How can REDD+ contribute?

Avoiding failure in forest restoration: the importance of genetically diverse and site-matched germplasm



Governance, rights and the role of politics in REDD+ equity discourses

Strengthening women’s land rights for land restoration

Agroforestry for sustainable wood energy

Climate change and land rights of Indigenous peoples

Mapping a full cycle of swidden cultivation in the mountains of Myanmar and Laos



FTA Director: “Science shows you what can be done”

Tenure Talks Indonesia: Christine Wulandari

Highlights video from the 2015 GLF: ‘A Collection of Connections’

Thai farmer describes his mixed rubber garden’s origins and benefits

Community-based forest management in Indonesia

Land-use problems and agroforestry solutions in Thailand

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