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Digital Forum: Can tree planting save our planet?
Threats to biodiversity tackled at upcoming digital conference
CIFOR-ICRAF “Engagement landscape” concept takes shape
Digital Forum: Can tree planting save our planet?
Tree planting has become the latest trend in tackling the climate crisis, inspiring people around the world to harness the incredible carbon absorbing potential of trees. On September 29, CIFOR-ICRAF in collaboration with the GLF will host a half-day digital forum to share insights and scientific evidence on how tree planting can help ‘build back better’ in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. By sharing CIFOR-ICRAF’s combined 70 years of experience across the global South in supporting successful tree planting, and by connecting efforts like the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, sustainable economic development and dismantling inequality, the forum aims to highlight the ways tree planting can make landscapes more resilient and support livelihoods and wellbeing.
 
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Threats to biodiversity tackled at upcoming digital conference

As many as one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction due to humanity's impacts on Earth’s landscapes. On 28-29 October 2020, the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health will bring together the world's biodiversity leaders in one digital space, to hear what must be done to protect the diversity of species needed for our survival and to build back better in the wake of COVID-19. Join tens of thousands of participants to discuss the six ecosystems highlighted in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as well as how to reach global targets, including post-2020 biodiversity and Aichi.

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FEATURE
CIFOR-ICRAF “Engagement landscape” concept takes shape
Scientists with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) working alongside policymakers in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Yangambi Biosphere Reserve aim to strengthen the country’s capacity to forge a sustainable framework to serve as a barricade against ecosystem collapse.
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FORESTS NEWS
Wildfire special 2020
Dozens of major fires are currently ravaging California where 14,000 firefighters are protecting the U.S. state and its ancient Redwood trees. In recent months, fires have ravaged parts of Brazil’s Amazon, while satellite images show southern Africa, parts of Asia and other regions in the Americas currently suffering from fires.
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Forests can help reshape ‘dysfunctional’ global food system
Although many modeling forecasts and government policies suggest that forests must be destroyed to make way for agriculture and provide food security as the global population soars from 7.8 billion to meet U.N. projections of 9.7 billion by 2050, a new study shows that this does not have to be the case.
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WORLD AGROFORESTRY NEWS
Termitomyces: Exploring the world’s most mysterious mushroom
Termites create mounds as high as 6 meters, dotting landscapes like extraterrestrial skyscrapers. These complex architectural structures are thought to contain microclimates carefully calibrated by worker termites in response to temperature fluctuations. Other functions, though, remain largely unknown.
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Data streaming from the spectrometer: A new dawn for soil assessments
The soil spectral library developed by World Agroforestry has a range of uses, from agricultural research to applications in ecology and ecosystem restoration. Because each soil spectral measurement allows for the prediction of multiple soil properties simultaneously, rapid assessments can be made at low cost.
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PODCAST
CIFOR-ICRAF’s most recent episode of ‘Let’s Talk Trees’ looks at how Indigenous communities, through local knowledge, management techniques and traditions passed down through generations, play a vital role in protecting the planet. At least a quarter of global land area is traditionally owned, managed, used or occupied by Indigenous Peoples who are using long-standing practices to manage landscapes. Tune in to find out more.
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EVENTS
Online workshop series: Exploring criteria and indicators for tropical peatland restoration
2 September, Online
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Digital Forum: Can tree planting save our planet?
29 September, Online
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GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health
28 - 29 October, Online
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4th International Conference on Global Food Security: Achieving local and global food security: at what cost?
6 - 9 December, Le Corum, Montpellier, France
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PUBLICATIONS
Demand for food and energy is constantly increasing in line with the global population and there are widespread concerns about environmental conservation. This chapter provides an overview of the identified potential to restore and utilize degraded land through an integrated biofuel- and food-production system that can also conserve the environment.
 
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This study used different geospatial datasets of land, soil, climate and topography for modeling and mapping and identifying a potentially suitable area for trees in Nepal. Additionally, tree suitability categories and tree cover presence were examined in the existing agricultural landscape and in various ecological zones of Nepal to understand both dominance and trend.
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Hunting for wild meat in the tropics provides subsistence and income for millions of people. Methods have remained relatively unchanged since the introduction of shotguns and battery-powered incandescent flashlights, but the short battery life of such flashlights has limited nocturnal hunting.
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How farmers perceive land degradation affects how they deal with induced risks, and their responses to these perceptions will shape restoration options and outcomes. This study assessed farmers' perceptions of LD along a climatic gradient in three regions of Mali.
 
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This publication is part of the Sentinel Landscape network initiative established in eight sites around the world representative of widely different biophysical and socioeconomic contexts. Here we present and summarize the results of the research and baseline studies carried out in West Kalimantan, Borneo.
 
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To assess effectiveness and assist with speeding restoration, scientists conducted a joint stock-take of the work on forest and landscape restoration of the 15 CGIAR research centres. They devised a typology of the different approaches to restoration to better describe the links between evolving knowledge, stakeholder-driven action, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.’
 
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