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Join one of the largest all-digital conferences of 2020 at the Global Landscapes Forum. Register now.

120+ speakers, 50+ sessions by organizations from around the world on everything from wild meat to food supply chains, special learning tracks on finance, storytelling and how to measure progress, live cooking shows, a half-day youth forum, networking and documentary screenings. Over 2,700 people have registered from six continents, 18 million people have been reached on social media and hundreds of thousands are expected to watch online. Live translations in Spanish, French and English. Join the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry H.E. Siti Nurbaya, emerging African climate activists, National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a senior representative of Pope Francis, chefs from Lesotho and Catalonia, heads of the U.N. Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Livestock Research Institute, U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, journalists and many more.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 800,000 people worldwide did not get enough food to eat and around 2 billion people were malnourished. The situation is now becoming more acute. From June 3 to 5, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is hosting Food in the time of crises: How to feed the world without eating the planet, a major online conference that will cover all aspects of food security and insecurity with the goal to build back better, together. Join CIFOR scientists and experts in 5 sessions on 3-4 June.

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The Global Landscapes Forum will sustain the conversation on building a better world post-COVID-19. With the support of the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, GLF Kunming 2020, originally timed to coincide with the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in October, and GLF Glasgow 2020, originally timed to coincide with the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in November, will shift to digital formats on the same dates. Expect these powerful global events to shift the narrative and change behavior.

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New strategy
Making it official
CIFOR-ICRAF recently published a joint strategy designed to enhance landscapes, build resilient food systems, livelihoods and landscapes through transformational science. For more on how to rebuild damaged landscapes on which we rely for food, fiber, water, wood, climate stability and much else besides.
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Insight
What do corporate carbon footprint pledges actually mean?
Companies promise to halt deforestation and slash carbon footprints, but will they? Satya R Tripathi , U.N. assistant secretary-general, and Robert Nasi, CIFOR director general, discuss the challenges of meeting corporate pledges.
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PODCAST
Visit the underground river hidden beneath the karst ecosystem and limestone in INDONESIA’S cultural heartland of Yogyakarta, one of the driest areas on the island of Java, Indonesia. Scientist Ani Adiwinata Nawir highlights the abundance of underground water resources in this unique ecosystem, demonstrating that they have not been utilized optimally to help local communities operate more intensive aboveground agriculture and agroforestry practices.
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FORESTS NEWS
EAST AFRICA SERIES: Growing demand for charcoal is putting more pressure on already shrinking forests
Charcoal is a fact of life in Kenya, as in many parts of the world where energy sources from natural gas to solar electricity are too expensive for most people. While it is a source of energy for cooking and heating, it often comes at an environmental cost in the form of deforestation.
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Q+A: Much left to do for forests under threat, says Robert Nasi
Despite targets – including the New York Declaration on Forests and Aichi Biodiversity Target 5 — aimed at halving deforestation by 2020 — the planet’s intact, primary forests are still shrinking albeit at a slower pace. According to the new Global Forests Assessment, the world lost 10 million ha of forests annually from 2015 to 2020 versus 12 million ha annually from 2010 to 2015.
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Agroforestry ‘basins’ stir up big benefits for women in Kenya drylands
To support the efforts of smallholder farmers and learn more about the challenges they cope with day-to-day, researchers with World Agroforestry developed a major collaborative project involving over 2,500 farming households in eastern Kenya. It led to innovative farmer-centered restoration options and new farm techniques.
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Formalizing artisanal logging in Central Africa
Project seeks to build up the capacity of small-scale loggers to operate within the law by obtaining the necessary permits or titles, and to develop their commercial and financial competences to improve their living conditions.
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What happens when freshwater fish hook up with forests?
Sound land-use policies to conserve freshwater habitats in tropical forests can help maintain fish biodiversity, reduce the risk of food insecurity and bolster international restoration and biodiversity goals, scientists say.
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EVENTS
GLF Bonn Digital Conference 2020: Food in the time of crises
3 - 5 June, Online
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CIFOR-ICRAF@GLF Bonn Digital Conference 2020
3 - 5 June, Online
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Leveraging data for transformational change towards climate- and forest-friendly food systems
4 June, Online
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NbS DIGITAL DIALOGUES
7 - 9 Jul 2020, Online
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PUBLICATIONS
Agricultural activities on croplands and pastures occupy 11% and 26% of earth surfaces, respectively, while forests comprise 31% of the earth's surface (FAOSTAT, 2016).
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Small-scale coastal fisheries contribute directly and indirectly to the food and nutrition security of marine-dependent households. Fishers can apportion part of their catch for household consumption or use the income earned to purchase staples and other desired foods.
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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a forest resource-rich country, but is also facing serious deforestation and forest degradation problems.
 
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Community-based forest monitoring is seen as a way both to improve community engagement and participation in national environmental payment schemes and climate mitigation priorities and to implement reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).
 
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