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Un laboratoire pour révéler les mystères des arbres tropicaux au cœur du bassin du Congo
Une première en Afrique subsaharienne : ouverture d’un laboratoire de biologie du bois en République démocratique du Congo. / Wood biology laboratory, first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, opens in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Webinar: If forests and peatlands disappeared, would humanity survive?
The webinar will highlight the importance of forests and peatlands conservation and restoration for climate change mitigation and sustainable development. We will share how healthy forest and peatland ecosystem can play a role to combat climate change, including preventing forests fire and haze, and providing support for surrounding communities.
The webinar will also highlight Indonesia’s experience in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. As home to the largest REDD+ project in the world in terms of emissions reductions per annum issued, Indonesia can share its first-hand experiences on groundbreaking conservation and restoration initiatives.
Forests and peatlands are source of life for plants, animals and people. They provide food, clean water and other benefits to nearby communities, and are an essential resource for livelihoods. They are also home to many of the world’s threatened species, such as orangutans, rhinoceroses and leopards.
Nevertheless, though both are crucial in keeping life on Earth intact, they are being cleared at an alarming rate.
Draining, clearing and burning of peatlands for agriculture and other purposes is a massive source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Meanwhile, the carbon storage potential of undisturbed peatlands is widely underappreciated. Peatlands are highly efficient carbon sinks – despite covering only 3-5% of the earth’s surface, peatlands are estimated to hold more than 30% of the world’s soil carbon stocks.
Rights shaping landscapes and livelihoods in Nepal
In Nepal, an ambitious government program to hand tenure and forest management rights to local communities has not only had a positive outcome for conservation, but has also generated a sustainable source of income for forest communities. Ongoing research by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and ForestAction Nepal is looking into what kinds of benefits and challenges these forest-based enterprises face, and what it means for both livelihoods and landscapes.
Find out more on CIFOR’s Forests News: https://forestsnews.cifor.org/53146/community-forestry-pays-off-for-nepal?fnl=
How much blue carbon loss and recovery following land-use change?
How much blue carbon loss and recovery following land-use change? Comparing global systematic review and field assessments from Indonesian Papua mangroves
The coastal mangrove forest is one of the blue carbon ecosystems and most efficient carbon sink ecosystems on earth. However, these carbon-dense wetlands are currently under pressure from major land-use and land-cover changes (LULCCs), which results in large amounts of deforested and converted mangrove areas globally. Yet, little is known about the range of impacts from different LULCC types have upon mangrove blue carbon. This presentation will overview global patterns of the magnitude and direction of mangrove carbon stocks and soil GHG effluxes following land-use changes including tree removal, aquaculture, rice field, pasture, and mangrove restoration. The findings are based on systematic review and meta-analysis of 487 global datasets from 37 papers published between 1998 and 2018. In addition, field-based data collection findings from 335 sampling plots established across Indonesian Papua mangroves over the last 3 years will also be discussed. The findings of these studies will improve the current IPCC emission factor for coastal wetlands as well as national climate policy on emission reduction targets through National Determined Contributions (NDCs).
C’est quoi la Semaine de la science ?
Chaque année, l’Université de Kisangani et le CIFOR organisent la Semaine de la science, invitant des experts forestiers du monde entier en RDC pour donner des conférences et promouvoir des collaborations avec des étudiants congolais des cycles supérieurs.