Tag Archives: Forests

Finding a Place for REDD+ in Sustainable Landscapes

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative has a potentially large role to play in international actions to combat climate change. Sustainable management of forests and forest carbon stocks does more than just preserve the world’s forests … Continue reading

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Global Forest Watch: A Look at Land Use in Liberia

Global Forest Watch is a dynamic and versatile tool created by the World Resources Institute (WRI)  for monitoring forests and the many land uses that impact them. The data is open, crowd sourced, obtained from advanced satellite technology, and displayed … Continue reading

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For Kids in Africa, Balanced Nutrition Grows on Trees

Smallholders in Africa often look to clear trees on their land to make way for more crops. Around the world, from subsistence farmers to giant agriculture operations, clearing trees from land is a common response to increasing pressure to produce … Continue reading

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PARTNERS: Building a Socio-Ecological Understanding of Reforestation in the Tropics

By Robin Chazdon, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut In the final days of 2013, the Landscapes Blog reported on new efforts underway to enhance forest landscape restoration, including agroforestry and reforestation activities. Today, Professor Robin Chazdon … Continue reading

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Saving the Trees for the Forest: Towards Landscape Restoration

Trees do it all – from slowing climate change and improving water quality to producing food and enhancing human health. Unfortunately, the number of trees available to perform these services has dramatically decreased over the last several centuries, as twenty … Continue reading

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Filling the Emissions Gap with Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches

As negotiators representing many of the world’s nations bargain, cajole, and inveigh in order to keep global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius, a variety of tools are being leveraged to mitigate climate change and improve the capacity … Continue reading

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Fairer by Far: Multi-functional Mosaics for Public Goods

By Duncan Macqueen, Principal Researcher, Forest Team, International Institute for Environment and Development, Edinburgh, UK Wrapping up another week looking at what resilience means in the context of a landscape, today’s guest author shares some insight on the management of … Continue reading

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Food, Forests, and Landscapes: Integrating Agendas

Getting the forestry, agriculture, and food security people all in the same room and agreeing upon common goals and strategies is not a task to be taken lightly. Perceived trade-offs between each group’s various interests often deter working together, and … Continue reading

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Small Changes for Big Impacts: Wassa Amenfi West Landscape

The importance of landscape approaches within commodity production systems is gaining increasing recognition. While many of these commodities operate at large scales with few landowners, cocoa is still very much a smallholder crop. Earlier this month the World Cocoa Foundation … Continue reading

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Policy in the Forest-Agriculture Mosaic: REDD+

One size doesn’t usually fit all. And the case of reducing deforestation and forest degradation is no different. While agriculture is often viewed as a driver of deforestation, context is key for developing policies to maintain ecosystem benefits within a … Continue reading

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