2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

2021 YEAR IN REVIEW

Crises have led to a new global context. As the world adapts to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the impact on numerous other sectors is increasingly apparent. Food, agriculture and forestry systems will need to change to help communities build resilience – both from COVID-19 and from other disasters.

CIFOR-ICRAF experts continue to deliver actionable solutions to five critical global challenges: deforestation and biodiversity loss; a changing climate; broken food systems; unsustainable supply and value chains; and extreme inequality.

Here, we present highlights of our achievements in 2021, which speak to our commitment to deliver transformative science for a future rich in healthy, biodiverse, and productive landscapes – for the benefit of people and the environment.

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Publications

  • The nutritional quality of cereals varies geospatially in Ethiopia and Malawi

    Micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) remain widespread among people in sub-Saharan Africa, where access to sufficient food from plant and animal sources that is rich in micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) is limited due to socioeconomic and geographical reasons. Here we report on the micronutrient composition (calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc) of staple cereal grains for most of the cereal production areas.

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  • The one hundred tree species prioritized for planting in the tropics and subtropics as indicated by database mining

    A systematic approach to tree planting and management globally is hindered by the limited synthesis of information sources on tree uses and species priorities. The authors ‘mined’ information from 23 online databases to assemble a list of the most frequent tree species deemed useful for planting according to database mentions, with a focus on tropical regions. They obtained a shortlist of 100 trees mentioned in at least 10 of their data sources (the ‘top-100′ species).

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  • Genomic Resources to Guide Improvement of the Shea Tree

    Despite the shea tree’s long-recognized value as a dominant agroecological species fulfilling vital sociocultural, economic, environmental, and nutritional functions for millions of households across rural sub-Saharan Africa, it remains semi-domesticated with virtually no history of systematic genetic improvement. This research provides an annotated 656.7 Mb reference genome assembly of Vitellaria paradoxa – a necessary resource for future genome-enabled conservation and breeding efforts.

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  • Global maps of twenty-first century forest carbon fluxes

    Managing forests for climate change mitigation requires action by diverse stakeholders undertaking different activities with overlapping objectives and spatial impacts. To date, several forest carbon monitoring systems have been developed for different regions using various data, methods and assumptions, making it difficult to evaluate mitigation performance consistently across scales. This research integrates ground and Earth observation data to map annual forest-related greenhouse gas emissions and removals globally at a spatial resolution of 30 metres over the years 2001–2019.

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  • Masculinities in Forests: Representations of Diversity

    This book demonstrates the wide variability in ideas about, and practice of, masculinity in different forests, and how these relate to forest management. While forestry is widely considered a masculine domain, a significant portion of the literature on gender and development focuses on the role of women, not men. This book addresses this gap and also highlights how there are significant, demonstrable differences in masculinities from forest to forest.

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  • Linking food, nutrition and the environment in Indonesia: A perspective on sustainable food systems

    This brief reviews the interlinkages between food, nutrition, and the environment in Indonesia, and the role of national food policies in addressing the challenges in these sectors. To move towards sustainable food systems, the authors argue that policies need to: focus on delivering healthy and diverse diets; support local food production practices that are environmentally sustainable; embrace local cultures and values; re-evaluate centralized and top-down policies; and avoid overly focusing on rice production.

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  • Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook: Innovative forestry for a sustainable future – youth contributions from Asia and the Pacific

    This publication assembles selected papers prepared by youth from the Asia-Pacific region on innovative forest technologies and their contribution to sustainable forestry and sustainable forest management. The uptake and scaling-up of innovative forest technologies in the Asia-Pacific region has been slow and uneven, and young people have a key role to play in amending this, as technology enthusiasts and forest managers of the future. They will generate momentum through collaboration and social media, transform rigid institutions from within, and participate in the uptake and upscaling of innovative technologies.

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  • Contribution of forests and trees to food security and nutrition

    Forests, trees, and agroforestry play a key, often undervalued, role in supporting food security and nutrition, through their provision of: diverse and nutritious foods (such as nuts, oils, vegetables – leaves, flowers, roots –, fruits, bushmeat, fish, herbs, saps, mushrooms, tubers, and insects); feed for livestock; bioenergy for cooking and boiling water; income and employment (both formal and informal); and ecosystem services indispensable for agriculture and food production – both now and in the future.

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  • Natural rubber systems and climate change: Proceedings and extended abstracts from the online workshop, 23-25 June 2020

    The International Rubber Study Group, with the International Rubber Research and Development Board, the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, ran an open digital workshop on natural rubber systems and climate change on 23-25 June 2020, attended by more than 500 scientists and stakeholders. The event reviewed recent research on climate change impacts on rubber production, explored potential means of adaptation and contribution to climate change mitigation, and identified knowledge and research gaps, and recommendations for action.

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The nutritional quality of cereals varies geospatially in Ethiopia and Malawi

The one hundred tree species prioritized for planting in the tropics and subtropics as indicated by database mining

Genomic Resources to Guide Improvement of the Shea Tree

Global maps of twenty-first century forest carbon fluxes

Masculinities in Forests: Representations of Diversity

Linking food, nutrition and the environment in Indonesia: A perspective on sustainable food systems

Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook: Innovative forestry for a sustainable future – youth contributions from Asia and the Pacific

Contribution of forests and trees to food security and nutrition

Natural rubber systems and climate change: Proceedings and extended abstracts from the online workshop, 23-25 June 2020

News

Can soil inoculation accelerate carbon sequestration in forests?

Indigenous communities receive less than 1% of climate mitigation aid, report finds

Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity

Peru’s forestry authorities set to improve agroforestry concessions

MANUAL: Practitioner’s field guide – agroforestry for climate resilience

A tree-powered circular bioeconomy

How deforestation poses dengue pandemic risk for Africa and Asia

Pact prioritizes forests and biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea

Reference genome of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) – a tool for predictive breeding: interview with scientists

  • Can soil inoculation accelerate carbon sequestration in forests?

    When foresters first tried to plant non-native Pinus radiata in the southern hemisphere, the trees would not grow until someone thought to bring a handful of soil from the native environment. “They didn’t know it then, but they were reintroducing the spores of fungi that these trees need in order to establish,” Colin Averill, ecologist at The Crowther Lab, explains. “When we plant trees, we rarely ‘plant’ the soil microbiome. But if we do, we can really accelerate the process of restoration.”

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  • Indigenous communities receive less than 1% of climate mitigation aid, report finds

    Even though Indigenous communities protect some of the most critically important forest ecosystems, conserving a wealth of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and carbon storage, they remain woefully short-changed with aid money for climate mitigation, receiving less than one percent of such earmarked funding. While development aid for climate mitigation is more than USD 30 billion annually across the globe, support to Indigenous communities for tenure and forest management adds up to an annual USD 270 million, according to a new report put out by Rainforest Foundation Norway.

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  • Transformative solutions to protect the planet’s biodiversity

    Responding to calls to rethink the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the world’s blueprint for the next decade of biodiversity conservation and management, researchers at the China Programme of World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and the Kunming Institute of Botany have published a new paper describing five transformative changes to stabilize and then reverse critical biodiversity losses.

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  • Peru’s forestry authorities set to improve agroforestry concessions

    In 2011, the Peruvian government set up a legal framework for agroforestry concessions under the Forest and Wildlife Law. These concessions are designed to help bring into the formal economy the many thousands of smallholders who have encroached on State forestland – they allow farmers to use the land as long as they adhere to zero deforestation and practise agroforestry. Now, recommendations by an expert consortium to the Government are set to help improve the roll-out of those concessions.

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  • MANUAL: Practitioner’s field guide – agroforestry for climate resilience

    A new manual has been developed to support the continuous learning and capacity building of agroforestry practitioners in ASEAN Member States and beyond. It provides extension workers, farmers and other practitioners with technical guidance on designing, establishing and managing on-farm agroforestry practices that can assist with coping with the negative impacts of extreme climatic events.

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  • A tree-powered circular bioeconomy

    Forests have a key role to play in the hoped-for transition towards a circular bioeconomy, as they supply everything from climate protection to natural resources such as food, fuel, building materials and packaging. If managed properly, forests also support livelihoods, jobs and social harmony by including women, indigenous groups and others in sustainable economic activities.

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  • How deforestation poses dengue pandemic risk for Africa and Asia

    As the world continues to battle COVID-19, scientists are sounding the alarm over the rise of other zoonotic diseases. One of these is dengue, a mosquito-borne viral infection, found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. A group of researchers from CIFOR and Spain’s University of Malaga believe more regions previously viewed as lower risk areas for dengue are now more prone to it, in part due to the rapid loss of forest cover pushing the increased spread of vectors of the virus.

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  • Pact prioritizes forests and biodiversity conservation in Papua New Guinea

    A landmark memorandum of agreement between Papua New Guinea and the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), under the Resilient Landscapes program, was signed on site at the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow. The agreement aims to secure forest wealth, recognizing it is key to Papua New Guinea’s economic prosperity and to the country’s efforts to contribute to tackling climate change at the global level.

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  • Reference genome of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) – a tool for predictive breeding: interview with scientists

    Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) is an evergreen flowering tree found across the African continent, which provides millions of households with a highly nutritious cooking oil, as well as a vital source of income. But shea tree numbers have been declining for decades due to land use conflicts, putting many of these livelihoods in jeopardy. A recent study explores new methods to reverse the decline by improving the species using genomics. FTA spoke with two of the paper’s authors: Iago Hale of the University of New Hampshire, and Prasad Hendre, a genomics scientist at World Agroforestry.

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Features

  • Climate. Nature. People.
    Solutions for a climate-resilient future

    The climate is in crisis and nature is responding. Plant and animal species unable to adapt are going extinct, and some ecosystems are collapsing. Humans are part of this delicate balance. We must work with nature rather than against it, and transform our destructive ways into creative solutions. The time is NOW. Right now, the planet needs nature-based solutions. Here, we showcase approaches developed by CIFOR-ICRAF researchers in close collaboration with our partners.

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  • Food. Nature. People.
    Building resilient, sustainable food system for people and the planet

    The evidence is clear: humans are causing climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation and a range of interconnected problems that are putting life on Earth at risk. At the heart of these challenges is our broken food system, which requires transformation to provide access to nutrient-rich food that supports health and wellbeing; sustainable employment and income; and productive landscapes, both now and in the future. This series highlights the research, knowledge and people working on initiatives around the world to help solve the food crisis.

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  • Restoration for resilience

    The world’s ecosystems are in crisis. Deforestation and the degradation of land across the planet is accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss, harming livelihoods and putting humanity at risk. In 2021, CIFOR-ICRAF curated a special series focusing on how land restoration – through transformative science and strong partnerships – can lead to impactful solutions to address the global challenges of our time.

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  • 16 Women Restoring the Earth

    On International Women’s Day, the Global Landscapes Forum recognized 16 women leaders working to protect and restore global natural capital through science, finance, policymaking, journalism and land rights. As the world enters the last decade to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, women are challenging gender norms to secure the future of ecosystems – sometimes, at great personal risk.

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  • FEATURE: Trees on paper or trees to sustain livelihoods?

    In response to our planet’s crises of climate and land degradation, researchers are working with the Government of the Philippines to develop solutions for upland communities to restore land with trees, profitably. Their findings are encapsulated in a set of policy briefs and two reports.

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  • FEATURE: The rise and fall of rubber: effects on women and livelihoods

    Rubber expansion and decline have major implications for Chinese farmers, particularly women, and their livelihoods. In this feature, we examine the impact on women in Xishuangbanna, China’s ‘rubber heartland’.

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  • FEATURE INTERVIEW: Trees on farms come with hidden costs that can now be calculated

    The costs of investing in agroforestry — or trees on farms — are borne by farmers who spend money on buying tree seedlings, labour for nurturing the trees, and other variable inputs, such as fertilizer and manure. There are also institutional costs that need to be considered in ensuring an enabling environment for farmers to adopt agroforestry options, such as the establishment of quality tree nurseries or the development of processing factories for tree commodities. This new tool enables estimation of investment costs for establishing trees on farms.

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  • From tree to fork

    The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, 2021, is a time to reflect on the essential role these resources play in human health, nutrition and food security. In that context, the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry ran a campaign to raise awareness about some of the most unrecognized and underappreciated fruits and vegetables that come from trees. The campaign combined captivating graphics with scientist-reviewed information to highlight these tree products’ contributions.

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  • FTA Kunming Conference

    The CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry collaborated with the Kunming Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Science, the Research Institute for Resource Insects, and the Chinese Academy of Forestry to hold an international conference in Kunming, China in June 2021, on the theme of forests, trees and agroforestry for diverse sustainable landscapes. The conference formed part of the roadmap towards the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN convention on Biological Diversity (CBD 15), which was also held in Kunming, in October 2021.

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Climate. Nature. People.
Solutions for a climate-resilient future

Food. Nature. People.
Building resilient, sustainable food system for people and the planet

Restoration for resilience

16 Women Restoring the Earth

FEATURE: Trees on paper or trees to sustain livelihoods?

FEATURE: The rise and fall of rubber: effects on women and livelihoods

FEATURE INTERVIEW: Trees on farms come with hidden costs that can now be calculated

From tree to fork

FTA Kunming Conference

Videos

Congoflux : Une nouvelle installation à Yangambi pour étudier les forêts du bassin du Congo

Bincang singkat dengan Zulkieflimansyah, Gubernur NTB: Sinergi potensi bentang alam Pulau Sumbawa

Introducing the Resources for Tree Planting Platform

El reto de la pequeña agricultura libre de deforestación en la Amazonía peruana

Could Amazon deforestation trigger a climate tipping point?

Seven pathways to live in harmony with nature

Sustaining Forests for Climate, Nature, and People – Papua New Guinea

4 questions: restoration & soil

Interview with the President of Sri Lanka, HE Gotabaya Rajapakse, on the agroecological transition

  • Congoflux : Une nouvelle installation à Yangambi pour étudier les forêts du bassin du Congo

    Yangambi, en République démocratique du Congo, abrite désormais la première tour à flux du bassin du Congo, une structure scientifique qui vise à mesurer les échanges de gaz à effet de serre, comme le dioxyde de carbone, le méthane, et l’oxyde d’azote, entre l’atmosphère et la forêt.

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  • Bincang singkat dengan Zulkieflimansyah, Gubernur NTB: Sinergi potensi bentang alam Pulau Sumbawa

    Riset Kanoppi bertujuan mendukung pengelolaan sumber daya alam dan hutan berbasis bentang alam di Pulau Sumbawa. Sejalan dengan rekomendasi dari hasil riset Kanoppi dan strategi industrialisasi, Gubernur Nusa Tenggara Barat mendukung strategi pemanfaatan Hasil Hutan Bukan Kayu (HHBK) melalui budi daya madu trigona dan pemanfaatan rumput ketak. Oleh karena itu, diperlukan koordinasi antar pimpinan daerah di Pulau Sumbawa. Geopark Tambora merupakan kunci sekaligus katalisator agar tercipta kerja sama yang melibatkan sektor kehutanan, pertanian, peternakan, kelautan, dan sektor terkait lainnya.

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  • Introducing the Resources for Tree Planting Platform

    This animation video introduces the Resources for Tree Planting Platform, designed to support effective tree planting for livelihoods and the environment, with an emphasis on smallholder growers in low-income tropical and sub-tropical regions. The Platform explains how to source good quality tree planting material for land restoration, agroforestry, plantation establishment, and other tree planting activities. It mostly provides practical ‘how to’ guidelines for extension workers, tree seed collectors, nursery operators and tree growers, but also includes useful information for planners, researchers and policy makers.

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  • El reto de la pequeña agricultura libre de deforestación en la Amazonía peruana

    La transición de miles de agricultores de cacao y café en la Amazonía hacia una producción sostenible libre de deforestación es posible, pero conlleva serios retos que deben ser considerados por las múltiples partes implicadas en las cadenas de suministro del cacao y café. Conozca el testimonio de Irene Chamaya, socia fundadora de la Cooperativa Agraria Cacaotera Colpa de Loros que promueve sistemas sostenibles de producción libres de deforestación en Perú.

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  • Could Amazon deforestation trigger a climate tipping point?

    The Amazon is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest – but could deforestation push it past a tipping point? Scientists believe that could happen within the next 20 years, with dire consequences for the climate. Here’s all you need to know about Amazon dieback, plus the Gulf Stream, the West Antarctic ice sheet and other climate tipping points.

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  • Seven pathways to live in harmony with nature

    What are the systemic changes that we need to see in order to achieve biodiversity and restoration goals of 2030 and 2050? The GLF Biodiversity Policy Report offers seven recommendations and concrete pathways to continue working towards transformative change.

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  • Sustaining Forests for Climate, Nature, and People – Papua New Guinea

    Gary Juffa, Governor of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea, shares his hopes for protecting and restoring the 360,000 hectare Managalas Plateau – the country’s largest conservation area and one of Earth’s last cradles of abundant life – in collaboration with the national government and CIFOR-ICRAF, under the Resilient Landscapes program.

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  • 4 questions: restoration & soil

    Leigh Anne Winowiecki, leader of CIFOR-ICRAF’ soil and land health research talks about the importance that soil plays in restoration and how CIFOR-ICRAF is helping to monitor, evaluate and contribute to restoration efforts across the Global South.

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  • Interview with the President of Sri Lanka, HE Gotabaya Rajapakse, on the agroecological transition

    As part of the plenary entitled ‘Growing the momentum for agroecological transformation to resilient food systems’ at the GLF Climate: Forests, Food and Finance — Frontiers of Change conference on 6 November 2021, Fergus Sinclair, Chief Scientist at CIFOR-ICRAF and Co-Convenor of the Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology (TPP), held an interview with HE Gotabaya Rajapakse, the President of Sri Lanka, to discuss the challenges of implementing bold policy reforms to promote agroecological transition at the national level.

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Photos

  • A female farmer tends her pepper plant in Bone, South Sulawesi. Pepper is one of prime commodities in the district. Photo by ICRAF
  • Prosopis infested land, Baringo, Kenya. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
  • CPA meeting in a farm near Endui, Kitui County, Kenya. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
  • Tambopata river, Peru. Photo by Marlon del Águila/ASL-CIFOR
  • CPA/TPA member working at the tree nursery near Zombe, Kitui County, Kenya. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
  • Aerial photo of a residential area in Pulau Bungin Village, Alas District, Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. Photo by Faizal/Rekam Nusantara-CIFOR
  • CPA tree nursery near Endui, Kitui County, Kenya. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
  • Organic coffee producer who was part of the Women Solutions for Amazon Conservation and Sustainable Development study, part of the ASL program, Peru. Photo by Marlon del Águila/ASL-CIFOR
  • Omphalotus specimen (Jack-o-Lantern mushroom) that glows in the dark, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. Photo by Austin Smith/ICRAF
  • Yanesha man, Peru. Photo by Marlon del Águila/ASL-CIFOR
  • CPA tree nursery near Endui, Kitui County, Kenya. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR
  • Cultivation of trigona or kelulut bees belonging to KTH Batu Laceng in Pelat Village, Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. Photo by Donny Iqbal/Rekam Nusantara-CIFOR
  • A batik craftsman who uses mangrove tree trunks as natural dyes for the batik she produces. Photo by Aulia Erlangga/CIFOR
  • Mushroom in Ailao Mountain National Nature Reserve in Yunnan Province, China. Photo by Austin Smith/ICRAF

Podcasts

CIFOR-ICRAF at COP26

Let’s Talk Trees Vol. II

Bincang Hutan

What to expect from COP 26 Glasgow

Integrating peatland into national policy

Circular bioeconomy with bioenergy

Protecting carbon-rich ecosystems and growing biomass to fight climate change

Adapting to a changing climate with forests and agroforestry

Keeping an eye on our forests

Events

CIFOR-ICRAF at COP26: People and nature together can reverse the damage to our planet

GLF Climate: Forests, Food, Finance – Frontiers of Change

GLF Amazonia: The Tipping Point – Solutions from the Inside Out

Food. Nature. People.

Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit

GLF Africa 2021: Restoring Africa’s Drylands

Nature at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy

Addressing knowledge and implementation gaps on agroecological transitions: A way forward for research and development through the Transformative Partnership Platform

FTA Final Event: Ten years of FTA research for people and the planet

  • CIFOR-ICRAF at COP26: People and nature together can reverse the damage to our planet

    COP26 pledges can put a dent in the uptick in global temperatures, but are not on track to fully restrict them from rising above the 1.5 degree Celsius mark. CIFOR-ICRAF scientists have been working on mitigation, adaptation and integrated strategies for people and nature for almost 70 years. At COP26, they shared some of the nature-based solutions that have been effectively implemented – not only to address the climate challenge, but also to achieve broader ecosystem benefits.

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  • GLF Climate: Forests, Food, Finance – Frontiers of Change

    Hosted digitally and in Glasgow alongside COP26, the GLF Climate hybrid conference made a unanimous call for ambitious, concrete action to stop the climate crisis. Attended by 4,386 digital participants from 145 countries, along with 481 in-person participants at the University of Glasgow, the event featured 400 leading scientists, activists, Indigenous leaders, financiers, youth and government leaders.

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  • GLF Amazonia: The Tipping Point – Solutions from the Inside Out

    On 21-23 September 2021, the GLF Amazonia digital conference put forth one clear message: the protection of the Amazon is crucial for the survival of people and ecosystems globally. The event featured scientists researching the Amazon’s dieback; Indigenous leaders sharing the realities of the COVlD-19 pandemic; satellite technology developers monitoring the biome; young people who will continue some of the world’s most ancient cultures and traditions; political leaders shaping the region’s policy; and partnerships aimed at achieving sustainability and securing rights for Amazonian peoples.

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  • Food. Nature. People.

    Our world is in crisis. The evidence is clear: humans are the cause. From climate change to biodiversity loss, to land degradation and inequalities, our actions are putting life on Earth at risk. Yet the good news is this: since humans are the cause, then surely we can fix it. Just how we’ll do this was the focus of a digital event on 2 September 2021, as CIFOR-ICRAF and partners presented solutions to tackle the food system crisis.

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  • Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit

    The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit, held in July 2021 in Rome and online, set the stage for the global event which took place in September 2021. Scientists from ClFOR-ICRAF were among actors from around the world who came together to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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  • GLF Africa 2021: Restoring Africa’s Drylands

    Hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum, the fully-online event on 2–3 June 2021 brought together thousands of participants from 186 countries, including pastoralists, scientists, youth activists, restoration practitioners and the highest levels of government, and reached over 32 million people through social media.

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  • Nature at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy

    This half-day digital forum brought together investors, scientists, forestry, agroforestry and landscape experts, practitioners, community and business leaders and policy makers to explore what it will take to shift to a circular bioeconomic model that supports people and the planet, putting nature at the heart of how we operate.

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  • Addressing knowledge and implementation gaps on agroecological transitions: A way forward for research and development through the Transformative Partnership Platform

    This side event at the 48th Plenary of the Committee on Food Security (CFS) launched the Agroecology Transformative Partnership Platform (TPP) and discussed pathways for the implementation of the CFS agenda on agroecology and other innovations in food security and nutrition.

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  • FTA Final Event: Ten years of FTA research for people and the planet

    FTA’s final event, which wrapped up ten years of research, was held on the 9th of December 2021 on Zoom. At the unique occasion, leading scientists presented a newly-launched series, ‘FTA Highlights of a Decade’, alongside a number of pioneering integrated impact assessment studies.

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In Depth

Seal of approval for Gunung Sewu UNESCO Global Geopark karst ecosystem in Indonesia

Commemorative postage stamps celebrate Kanoppi conservation efforts.

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Key messages for the UN Food Systems Summit

Game-changing solutions for our ‘broken’ food system already exist. The Summit must recognise that policies need to include these solutions in more integrated approaches.

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Trees on farms come with hidden costs that can now be calculated

A new tool enables estimation of investment costs for establishing trees on farms.

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Sustainable finance 101: How to mobilize funds for the planet

All the ins and outs of sustainable investing.

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The Amazon rainforest is nearing its tipping point – but what does that mean?

Unraveling the complex equation of deforestation, warming and fires pushing the rainforest to its brink.

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FTA highlights of a decade 2011-2021

Ten years of forests, trees and agroforestry research in partnership for sustainable development

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The butterfly effect – chaos or crisis?

World Agroforestry director-general Tony Simons muses on what’s needed to preserve critical ecosystems like the Managalas plateau in Papua New Guinea – and the potential impacts of failing to do so.

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Nature-based solutions wanted!

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for more resilient communities, societies, and landscapes, became more apparent than ever. Consumers increased their preference for local purchases; finance adopted sustainability targets at an unprecedented scale; and billions of dollars in private capital and public money were committed to nature-based solutions. But gaps on the supply side remain.

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Social media

Papua New Guinea: Sustaining Forests for Climate, People and Nature

Resilient Landscapes’ overarching ambition for nature-based solutions in Papua New Guinea is to attract private sector participation and green foreign direct investment to deliver greater social, environmental, agronomic, and economic impact.
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Water, wetlands, and life are inseparable

Together, we can restore wetlands to safeguard health, livelihoods and biodiversity for people everywhere
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Gender-responsive implementation guide

Working on a development project in #Agroforestry or land restoration and struggling to identify the relevant gender dimensions according to the theme & scope?
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The international day for the conservation of Mangrove ecosystems

#Mangroves, a challenge to restore but a priceless resource worth the effort.
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World Food Day

To feed the world without destroying the planet, there is urgent need to transform our #foodsystems to become more nutritious, equitable and sustainable.
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Restoration stewards 2022

Application Call: Restoration Stewards Program 2022! If you are working on restoring the planet, or do you know someone who does, this is an opportunity for you!
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Dryland Myths Debunked!

5 common myths that surround drylands, and the facts that debunk them.
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16 women restoring the earth

Raising up female leaders defining the future of our planet through their ideas, talents, actions and inspirations.
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Generation Restoration Film Festival

Brought by Global Landscapes Forum and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) during COP26, the Generation Restoration Film Festival aired a series of short and feature films focused on the global land restoration movement.
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Who decides what kind of transformation is needed and for whom?

In this study, scientists examine governance in forests and around trees, in landscapes and on farms, through the lens of power and social justice.
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The Managalas Conservation Area is a seed we have planted in regard to mitigate the effects of global warming

It pilots an effort where the guardians and stewards of the forests can be adequately empowered to earn a living from their forests and the surrounding lands to continue to maintain these amazing assets that are part of the lungs of the Earth
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Speaking for the trees: why so many restoration projects fail

🌳 ‘Every year, there are billions of dollars invested [in tree planting] but forest cover is not increasing. Where are those resources going? To have any hope of success, restoration projects need to consider the best times of the year to plant seeds, which seeds to plant and where, who will care for the seedlings as they grow into trees, how that growth will be monitored, and how to balance the economic and environmental needs of people in developing countries where the trees might be planted.’ Lalisa A. Duguma, PhD
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