Building a new ‘boardwalk’ for peatland restoration monitoring in Indonesia

“Peatlands are dynamic and diverse and the underlying causes of their degradation are as complex as the ecosystems themselves,” said Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). He made these remarks at the fourth and final webinar in a series convened by BRG and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which sought […]

Prescribed burning in dry ecosystems to reduce emissions

Watching tongues of flame spread through dry grass or spiral up trees often evokes particular emotions: fear; panic and grief might be some of the most prominent. But fire is not always a bad thing: in many of the world’s dry ecosystems, a certain level of burning is healthy – and in some cases, necessary. […]

Peatland restoration in Indonesia: Why do people matter?

Putting people first is a vital part of the equation for protecting and restoring Indonesia’s vast tropical peatlands. This was the resounding message from the third in a series of webinars exploring criteria and indicators for tropical peatland restoration hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in collaboration with the Indonesian Peatland Restoration […]

Peatlands as a safe haven for rare and threatened biodiversity

Birch Shieldbug picture: “The Devil’s bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)flower blooms in the Autumn and is a godsend to insects in this late season. This Birch shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) heavily covered in morning dew appeared like it was encrusted with jewels as it fed on the flower.” Photo by Tina Claffey In-depth   /   23 Nov 2020 […]

New initiative to prompt paradigm shift toward resilient agriculture

The challenges agriculture poses are well known. The sector covers 40 percent of the Earth’s surface area, produces up to 11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, is the largest cause of deforestation and habitat loss and accounts for about 70 percent of the projected loss of terrestrial biodiversity. Yet despite its outsized impact, the […]

New initiative to prompt paradigm shift toward resilient agriculture

The challenges agriculture poses are well known. The sector covers 40 percent of the Earth’s surface area, produces up to 11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, is the largest cause of deforestation and habitat loss and accounts for about 70 percent of the projected loss of terrestrial biodiversity. Yet despite its outsized impact, the […]

Progress and perils in Indonesia’s peatland restoration journey

The Indonesian archipelago is home to over a third of the world’s tropical peatlands. These black-watered, sodden swamp forests store an estimated 55 to 61 gigatons of carbon dioxide, making them critical ecosystems to conserve amid efforts to keep global climate change in check. But around half of those precious peatlands have already been degraded […]

Nature-based solutions fuel new Resilient Landscapes initiative

A new initiative seeks to bring public-private collaborators together, to overturn funding hurdles and develop new strategies to address challenges surrounding ecosystem management. Resilient Landscapes, officially launched at the digital forum Can tree planting save our planet? hosted by CIFOR and World Agroforestry (ICRAF), is an innovative platform designed to leverage the centers’ combined 69 years […]

Respect for Indigenous land rights key in fight against climate change

Although research demonstrates the benefits – for people and forests – of secure land and resource rights, these rights remain unrecognized for many of the world’s estimated 476 million Indigenous Peoples. Not only do secure land rights generally translate into greater socio-economic benefits, but they are also vital for effective management of the climate crisis, […]

Miombo woodlands: ‘Forgotten’ southern African dryland forests

This story was originally published on Landscape News. When Paula Whyte, a technical advisor for Tanzania-based non-governmental organization Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI), visited a miombo woodland for the first time as part of a tree-planting venture, she wasn’t expecting to be quite so taken with what she found. The group left the port town […]