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CIFOR-ICRAF NEWS UPDATE
JANUARY 2021
IN THIS EDITION ...
Take a survey on seeds
Agroecology in focus
Youth speak out
CIFOR-ICRAF and the “super year of nature”
For forests, trees and landscapes, 2021 will be a defining year. Global challenges from accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss to rising inequality and unsustainable food systems will be countered with initiatives like the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, multilateral efforts including the UN climate talks and the Convention on Biodiversity and many others supporting nature and a sustainable future for people and the planet. CIFOR-ICRAF will bring science and innovation to these dialogues and share actionable solutions through our projects across the Global South, digital events and workshops as well as many other forms of engagement and outreach. Please stay tuned on our websites, social media channels and join our events this year as we work together with you to help make 2021 the “super year of nature”!
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Trees and the circular bioeconomy: digital forum
Forests, trees, landscapes and agroforestry can catalyse the transition to a circular bioeconomy characterised by renewable resources, reduced waste and zero emissions. Join us on March 19 as CIFOR-ICRAF and its partners, the European Forestry Institute and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, host the world’s first conference examining the forest-based bioeconomy with a focus on the Global South. It doesn’t stop there, so please check our websites for upcoming events in 2021.
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INSIGHT
Share your ideas on sourcing tree seeds
A call to tree growers: help CIFOR-ICRAF scientists improve the way we source tree planting material. Following last year’s CIFOR-ICRAF digital forum called Can tree planting save our planet?, we are conducting an online survey of tree planters, scientists, the funders of tree planting initiatives - and anyone else working on ways to restore the planet’s forests.
Take survey   Learn more
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Shaping change
Agroecology is getting a closer look as a proven way to build resilience in landscapes and communities. It improves productivity, helps farmers connect to social networks and consumers and can play a major role in transforming the world’s food system for people and the planet. Agroecology is part of CIFOR-ICRAF efforts to bring transformative change to the way we produce food by researching and supporting a holistic, landscape approach that harmonizes livelihood and environmental values.
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FORESTS NEWS
Results-based payments in Indonesia: A strategy to move REDD+ forward?
After more than a decade of working toward qualifying for payments under REDD+, Indonesia has received its first results-based financial rewards.
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Rural livelihoods at risk in Congo Basin due to erratic rainfall
Drier conditions create challenging and unpredictable circumstances for rural communities dependent on forests and local waterways.
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AGROFORESTRY NEWS
Mobile application helps African farmers manage and restore their land
The Regreening Africa App is part of a project funded by the European Union, which helps farmers, government agents and project officers collect data on key land restoration indicators.
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Death of a Queen: Fieldnotes from the China-Myanmar border
In part two of a three-part instalment documenting efforts to understand termite–fungus symbiosis, researchers from visited remote mountain areas collect termite and mushroom samples.
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GLOBAL LANDSCAPES FORUM
New report presents policy roadmap to safeguarding biodiversity
A new report by the Global Landscapes Forum and Youth in Landscapes Initiative, One World, One Health: recommendations for harnessing the power of landscapes, confronts biodiversity loss, global pandemics, and climate change realities as the mass extinction that could see up to a million species disappear from the Earth in the coming decades.
Download full report
Youth demand transformative changes in global biodiversity governance
"We, the youth of the world, have a plan…” In an open letter published last week, 18 activist organizations made four demands of global governments: transparency, transformative education, inclusion and transformative action.
Read the letter
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PODCAST
Dig it: Unearthing the importance of soil

We live on it, we grow food in it, it is time to stop taking soils for granted. Explore the hidden world underfoot with Leigh Ann Winowiecki, leader of soil and land health research and Rupesh Bhomia, wetland bio-geochemist at CIFOR-ICRAF.

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EVENTS
Global Disruptive Tech Challenge 2021
24 February, Online
Reforestation for biodiversity, carbon capture and livelihoods
24 – 26 February, Online
Nature at the heart of a Global circular Bioeconomy
19 March, Online
UN Food Systems Summit 2021
From January onwards
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PUBLICATIONS
Diversity and conservation of traditional African vegetables: Priorities for action
Determining appropriate interventions to mainstream nutritious orphan crops into African food systems
Food for thought: The underutilized potential of tropical tree‐sourced foods for 21st century sustainable food systems
Governance of woodfuel value chains in Kenya: An analysis of policies, legislative frameworks and institutional mechanism
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