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Iceland is battling to replant its forests

Iceland is battling to replant its forests

Iceland already gets about 85 percent of its energy supply from domestically produced renewable energy sources – mainly hydropower and thermal energy. That gives it the highest share of renewable energy in any national total energy budget, according to the Icelandic and Northern Energy Portal, an independent information source on energy issues in the Northern Atlantic and Arctic region.

Iceland’s effort to replant relatively slow-growing trees is unlikely to have a significant impact on global climate emissions, said Christopher Martius, a team leader for climate change, energy and low-carbon development at Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research.


GFAR Global Forum on Agricultural Research : CAAS Partnered New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia for Cooperation in Agricultural Science and Technology

GFAR Global Forum on Agricultural Research : CAAS Partnered New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia for Cooperation in Agricultural Science and Technology

At the invitation of the New Zealand National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Massey University; the Australian Natural Resources Management South (NRM South); University of Tasmania; the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Indonesia; and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Prof. Tang Huajun, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) visited the above research agencies with a delegation from CAAS from November 22 to December 1, 2017. The delegation opened up official cooperation between CAAS and the New Zealand National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Massey University, Australian National Natural Resources Council, University of Tasmania and the Indonesian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the CIFOR. The existing cooperation between CAAS and the above-mentioned units in the field of sustainable development of agriculture and the environment, the building of a veterinary joint laboratory platform and joint personnel training was promoted. The visit also helped the technical achievements represented by veterinary drugs and vaccines go global, harvesting the signing of seven MoUs.


Making landscapes sustainable

Making landscapes sustainable

Eighty per cent of deforestation world-wide is linked to agriculture, which is also responsible for 30 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions world-wide. The landscape approach seeks to tackle forestry and agriculture issues together to achieve sustainable solutions for the use of landscapes that benefit everyone living in them. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has described ten principles characterising the landscape approach and addressing aspects ranging from continual learning and adaptive management through rights and responsibilities of different actors to resilience to strengthening stakeholder capacity.

 


118 Organizations to Watch in 2018

118 Organizations to Watch in 2018

2017 has been an exciting year for Food Tank! We held Summits in Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City, traveled the world speaking at events, worked on the forthcoming book Nourished Planet, and met many of our members and readers in person! We hope you enjoyed a few of the more than 500 articles produced by our research staff.

CIFOR hopes to create a world in which forests are high on the political agenda, and evidence-based decisions are made in order to protect the forests and the needs of forest-dependent people. Their work enhances environmental conservation and human wellbeing, and promotes equity through research that aids businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations.


Spades, saplings and sheep: Iceland battles to restore long-lost forests

Spades, saplings and sheep: Iceland battles to restore long-lost forests

An hour’s hike across a vast expanse of dried lava leads to the top of Mount Bláhnjúkur, a nearly thousand-metre-high active volcano whose summit allows, on clear days, a sweeping view of a landscape dotted with vast glaciers and windswept moors.

Iceland’s effort to replant relatively slow-growing trees is unlikely to have a significant impact on global climate emissions, said Christopher Martius, a team leader for climate change, energy and low-carbon development at Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research.

 


Here’s what you need to know from the Global Landscapes Forum

Here’s what you need to know from the Global Landscapes Forum

This year’s Global Landscapes Forum aimed to launch a revitalized “movement,” bringing together a range of actors under one banner to drive progress toward the climate change and sustainable development agendas.

GLF was originally launched in 2013 by the World Bank, the Center for International Forestry Research, and the United Nations Environment to integrate the historically disparate forestry and agriculture communities under a broader “landscapes approach” agenda.


Consensus grows: climate-smart agriculture key to Paris Agreement goals

Consensus grows: climate-smart agriculture key to Paris Agreement goals

The annual Global Landscapes Forum conference, which took place in Bonn, Germany, this week (19-20 December) comes at an opportune time for land-sector advocates to celebrate a recent victory at COP23, and to begin organizing steps to make critical changes in global agricultural practices to assist in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 


Myanmar bars investigator, UN Jerusalem vote, and GLF wraps in Bonn: This week in development

Myanmar bars investigator, UN Jerusalem vote, and GLF wraps in Bonn: This week in development

A United Nations human rights chief steps down citing silencing of human rights defenders, as Myanmar bans a human rights investigator. President Donald Trump threatens to cut funding for countries that vote against formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and representatives from development, environment, and finance communities wrap up the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany. This week in development.

 



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