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APRIL 2021
Actionable solutions to restore degraded land and forests
How to prevent future pandemics
Volcanic ash as climate solution
Restoring ecosystems in crisis
Forests, farms and landscapes are in crisis. The world loses $6 trillion USD annually in ecosystem services because of degraded land. Unfortunately, restoration efforts have failed to match the pace of destruction, which, according to a recent study, may trigger the loss of undisturbed tropical forests by 2050. Unsustainable agricultural practices and accelerating climate change are taking a toll on biodiversity, livelihoods and even health, as witnessed by the covid pandemic and the link between degraded landscapes and disease. Fortunately, CIFOR-ICRAF have solutions to these problems.

Through transformative science, diverse partnerships and a holistic approach that helps both people and the planet, we are remaking lives and landscapes. From Vietnam where agroforestry is boosting incomes and ecological resilience to Kenya where innovative planting techniques are increasing farm yields, CIFOR-ICRAF is unique in blending action on the ground with scientific expertise and knowledge. This year's Earth Day on April 22 and its theme of 'Restore our Earth' comes as the world prepares to restore hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land as part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. CIFOR-ICRAF work to make restoration a reality. Join us as partners or support our work across the Global South.

In the coming weeks to showcase our solutions and knowledge, we are hosting the GLF Africa Digital Conference on restoring drylands, a GLF Digital Forum on nature-based solutions and forest and landscape restoration (FLR) as well as a special CIFOR-ICRAF series on restoration featuring impact stories about game-changing solutions to address degradation and biodiversity loss. Stay tuned to learn more as we rebuild resilient landscapes.

GLF Africa   GLF Nature-Based Solutions
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Undisturbed forests could cease to exist in large tropical humid regions by 2050, study says
Satellite data show that undisturbed forests will completely disappear in large tropical humid regions by 2050 under current disturbance rates, according to new research.
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Rethink diet-land use connections to prevent future pandemics, scientist says
Methods used by smallholder farmers are central to reducing the risk of the spillover of viruses from animals to humans.
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Boreal forest fires can be forecast by monitoring warm and dry air masses, study finds
Forests in eastern Siberia and Alaska are prone to widespread fires when warm and dry air masses from lower latitudes enter beneath high-pressure systems.
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Volcanic ash: an untapped solution for mitigating climate change?
Scientists argue for using volcanic ash as a strategy to store more carbon in soils.
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'The sun tires our cocoa': communities welcome half a million companion trees in Côte d'Ivoire
Partnership between One Tree Planted and World Agroforestry to boost agroforestry for climate and eco-friendly cocoa
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New digital forum to showcase forest and landscape restoration
Did you know?
  • Forests are home to 80% of Earth's terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Over 40% of the world's population is affected by forest and landscape degradation.
  • Forest and landscape degradation threatens food security, fuels conflict, drives biodiversity loss, contributes to the climate crisis, and costs the global economy around USD 6 to 10 trillion per year.
What can be done? On 29 April 2021, join 15+ organizations for a digital forum to find out how forest and landscape restoration (FLR) can make significant contributions to climate mitigation and adaptation, job creation, and biodiversity.
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What's in store for the largest drylands conference this year?
Here is a preview of a few of the exciting events planned for the GLF Africa: Restoring Africa's Drylands digital conference, 2-3 June. Expect 7,000+ attending and 200+ speakers. Participants will have access to:
  • 4+ plenaries and 20+ interactive sessions with the Nigerian Women Agro Allied Farmers Association, IUCN, Regreening Africa, the United Nations, the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and more.
  • Facilitated networking, a pastoralist film festival, a virtual tour
  • Daily wrap-ups, live interviews, Youth Daily Shows and much more
Tickets are on sale now and are free for all residents of Africa.
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Circular bioeconomy, what next?

The circular bioeconomy – conceived as an economy powered by nature and its sustainable resources – offers a unique opportunity to use renewable natural capital to holistically transform and manage land, food, health and industrial systems as well as cities.

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GLF Live: Earth day special with Kenneth Mubea - How are spacecraft changing the future of Earth's landscapes?
22 April, Online
UN Forum on Forests (UNFF16)
26 – 30 April, Online
CPF Turning the Tide on Deforestation
27 April, Online
Food Security and Land-Use Planning in Papua and West Papua
28 April, Online
Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) in the Philippine context
28 April, Online
Nature-Based Solutions: How Restoration can Support a Healthy Climate, Economy and Planet
29 April, Online
Restoring Africa's Drylands: Accelerating Action On the Ground (GLF)
2 – 3 June, Online
CFS UN Committee on World Food Security – 48 plenary session
4 June, Online
UN Decade of Restoration
5 June, Online
European Development Days
15 – 16 June, Online
GLF Amazon: The Tipping Point
September, Online
UN Food Systems Summit 2021
From January onwards
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A Road Less Travelled by Migratory Farmers of Odisha: Innovative Agroforestry Practices
Diversity of Agroforestry Practices in Viet Nam
Forest-based bioeconomy in sub-Saharan Africa: Looking at benefits and burdens from a social sustainability standpoint
Getting it right, a guide to improve inclusion in multistakeholder forums
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CIFOR Publications   CIFOR French   GLF   Resilient Landscapes
GLF Youth Assistant Coordinator
Project Manager
GIS and Land Data Specialist
Cocoa Systems Agronomist
Call for Technical Consultant: Supporting National Action and Planning (SNAP) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in Kenya
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Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

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World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR-ICRAF are CGIAR Research Centers.
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