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Ten Years of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research in Partnership for Sustainable Development (Vol. 5, Issue 5)

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Dear FTA friends and colleagues,

Today, the whole community of FTA is particularly proud to announce the launch of a unique series of publications that spotlight the achievements from a decade of FTA research, started in 2011. Reflecting the most significant work of FTA, its influence and impact across a range of issues, the volumes of the FTA Highlights of a Decade 2011-2021 series concretely show how forests, trees and agroforestry, when effectively used, managed and governed, do improve production systems, enhance food security, support livelihoods, advance equity, and address landscapes, climate change and biodiversity challenges.

The volumes of this exclusive “decadal” series touch on a range of 16 topics. The ambition of this series is, on each issue, to show the actual contributions of FTA to research and development challenges and solutions, over a decade. It features the work undertaken as part of the FTA program, by the strategic partners of FTA (CIFOR-ICRAF, The Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT, CATIE, CIRAD, Tropenbos International and INBAR), with other international and national partners. The volumes contain a wealth of data, information, on-the-ground learning and country case studies. Through the eyes of the FTA research undertaken, the series also tells the story of the issues themselves, their history and evolving narratives, in a decade that has seen many significant changes.

The full list of forthcoming volumes include:

  1. Introduction: Ten Years of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Research in Partnership for Sustainable Development
  2. Tree Seed and Seedling Systems for Resilience and Productivity
  3. Conservation of Tree Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management
  4. Forest and Landscape Restoration
  5. Food Security and Nutrition
  6. Wild Meat
  7. Trees on Farms to Improve Livelihoods and the Environment
  8. Biomass, Bioenergy and Biomaterials
  9. Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Supporting Local Innovation at Scale
  10. Sustainable Value Chains and Finance
  11. REDD+: Combating Climate Change with Forest Science
  12. Adaptation to Climate Change, with Forests, Trees and Agroforestry
  13. Multi-Functional Landscapes for Sustainable Development
  14. Governing Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Landscapes for Delivering on the SDGs
  15. Advancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
  16. Capacity Development
  17. Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment
  18. The Way Forward

The first volumes to be launched are the FTA Highlights No.1, the Introduction (see PDF, infographic), No.4 on Forest and Landscape Restoration (see PDF, infographic 1 and infographic 2) and No.11 on REDD+ (see PDF).

We are convinced that this premium product will be very useful to a wide range of stakeholders, from practitioners to scientists and policy makers. The series shows an impressive track record built over the years, and how solid the ground is, over which to build for the years to come.

Also, mark your calendars for the 9th of December 13h00-16h00 CET, to join us in a final open digital event to celebrate 10 years of FTA research for people and the planet.


I hope to see you all at our event!

Vincent Gitz
FTA Director


Introducing the FTA Highlights

FTA's Highlight No.1 introduces the series, providing background on the rationale under which the CGIAR Research Program on Forests Trees and Agroforestry was built and illustrating the topics that will be covered by the remaining 16 volumes (plus conclusion). The volume puts forests, trees and agroforestry in a global context, linking FTA's research and activities to partners and the SDGs. It underlines people-centred approaches and illustrates the Theory of Change and Theory of Induced Change underpinning FTA's impact pathways.

Find out more   Download PDF   Download infographics

FTA Highlight No.4 – Forest and Landscape Restoration

At the same time as the Introduction, FTA is releasing the Highlight volume No.4 on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). Led by CIFOR's scientist Manuel Guariguata and co-written with over 30 other principal scientists, the publication discusses FTA's work on FLR in the context of the restoration agenda, recalling key global milestones.

The document underlines FTA's contributions to the science of land and forest restoration, illustrates diverse aspects that are linked to these practices (e.g. monitoring, capacity building, technical guidelines, tools, software and apps, etc.) and the relevance of our partners' research and coordinated actions to positively influence global narratives, policy and governance. 2 infographics are also available, illustrating the 6 principles of FLR and mapping some key global FTA outputs (i.e. field based reports, country surveys, local and global synthesis reports).

Read more about the FLR Highlight   Download the PDF
Infographics – 6 Principles of FLR   Infographics – FTA's FLR reports

FTA Highlight No.11 – REDD+: Combating Climate Change with Forest Science

The third Highlight we are releasing this week is No.11 on REDD+. Tracing the path of the GCS REDD+ program, which was incorporated in the FTA research program, the volume written by principal scientists Christopher Martius and Amy Duchelle, discusses research, theory of change, results and global impacts of REDD+. Country case examples are provided and the way forward for achieving success scale. The fight against climate change needs everyone's involvement at all levels: deforestation and land degradation trends must be reversed.

Download PDF

SAVE THE DATE! Join us at the Final FTA Event!

Everyone invited! On the 9th of December, 13h00-16h00 CET, FTA will celebrate its incredible decadal journey with or final event 10 years of FTA research for people and the planet. The digital webinar is open and free to anyone, just fill in the registration form and join us!

Feel free to disseminate this among all your networks, we hope to see you all there!


The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is the world's largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. CIFOR leads FTA in partnership with ICRAF, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, CATIE, CIRAD, INBAR and TBI.


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