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CIFOR-ICRAF NEWS UPDATE
DECEMBER 2021
Recovery and restoration: Landscapes lead the way
As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, landscapes received international attention due to increasing recognition of the interconnectivity between ecosystems, climate change, health and financial wellbeing. Amid economic turbulence, prices crept upward and disparate financial realities in higher and lower income countries became more evident. Vulnerabilities in food systems and distribution chains compounded by fluctuating fuel costs exacerbated the crisis. Major declarations at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow demonstrated a collective recognition and will among world leaders in both the public and private sector of the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture, forestry and other land use, while protecting biodiversity and transforming farming practices to make them more sustainable. A commitment to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 was complemented by other agreements to reduce methane emissions, support smallholder farmers and achieve carbon neutrality. CIFOR-ICRAF scientists continue to produce research results and strategies designed to address these challenges and more.
2021 YEAR IN REVIEW
Reflections on forest loss
The full implications of the Glasgow leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use agreed at the COP26 summit on climate change are unclear, but the hope is that it will lend support to and accelerate other international agreements designed to conserve and restore forests, ecosystems and biodiversity.
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- Managing Director CIFOR-ICRAF, Robert Nasi

HIGHLIGHTS
A tree-powered circular bioeconomy
 
Ideally, companies will pollute less and waste fewer materials, eliminating much of the strain that is currently placed on ecosystems through destructive land management practices and over-reliance on non-renewable resources.
Transformative solutions to protect the planet's biodiversity
Researchers at the China Programme of World Agroforestry (ICRAF) and the Kunming Institute of Botany have published a new paper describing five transformative changes to stabilize and then reverse critical biodiversity losses.
Peru's forestry authorities set to improve agroforestry concessions
Designed to help bring thousands of smallholder farmers who have encroached on state forests into the formal economy, concessions allow land use if zero deforestation targets are met and agroforestry techniques are practiced.
How deforestation poses dengue pandemic risk
 
As the world continues to battle COVID-19, scientists are sounding the alarm over the rise of other zoonotic diseases. One of these is dengue.
GLOBAL LANDSCAPES FORUM
From dashed hopes at COP26 to the remarkable rise of sustainable investing, it's been a roller-coaster of a year. Here at the GLF, we hosted three major hybrid and digital conferences, several digital forums, a tech challenge and the launch of new partnerships for land restoration and finance for nature.
GLF BEST OF 2021
RESILIENT LANDSCAPES
Memorandum of understanding aims to secure forest wealth, recognizing it is key to Papua New Guinea's economic prosperity and to the country's efforts to contribute to tackling climate change at the global level.
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FORESTS, TREES AND AGROFORESTRY
FTA Highlights series showcases the main findings, results and achievements of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry from 2011 to 2021.
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Water, wetlands, and life are inseparable
Together, we can #RestoreWetlands to safeguard health, livelihoods and biodiversity for people everywhere
Gender-responsive implementation guide
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IN DEPTH
Seal of approval for UNESCO karst ecosystem in Indonesia
An abundance of underground water resources could be used to help local communities operate more intensive aboveground agriculture and agroforestry practices.
Sustainable finance 101: How to mobilize funds for the planet
Who are the key players in the rapidly growing field of sustainable finance, and how are they working together to mobilize funds for green investments?
Key messages for the U.N. Food Systems Summit
Game-changing solutions for the food system already exist. A major summit highlighted how policies must become more integrated.
Nature-based solutions wanted
In the middle of the unexpected global storm that the Coronavirus pandemic took us through, the need for more resilient communities, societies, landscapes, became more obvious.
VIDEOS
4 Questions: Restoration and soil
Could Amazon deforestation become a tipping point?
PODCASTS
Protecting carbon-rich ecosystems and growing biomass to fight climate change

Why the world should fight climate change from two sides: protecting carbon-rich ecosystems and growing biomass.

Circular economy with bioenergy

Highlighting the importance of implementing circular bioeconomy principals into bioenergy.

PUBLICATIONS
Genomic resources to guide improvement of the shea tree
The nutritional quality of cereals varies geospatially in Ethiopia and Malawi
Masculinities in forests: Representations of diversity
Contribution of forests and trees to food security and nutrition
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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 and ICRAF are CGIAR Research Centers.
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