Contributions of forest and water sectors overlooked in policy processes

Despite their extensive potential — from confronting climate change to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — the forest and water sectors, and particularly their interconnections, are too often overlooked within major international policy processes, experts say. High-level agenda choices fall short in understanding and acknowledging the forest-water nexus; that is, the interactions between forests […]

Seeking sustainable livelihoods for peatland farmers

Originally published on the website of the International Tropical Peatland Center To a farmer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), focused on earning a living and feeding the family, clearing peatlands in order to plant rice or bananas may seem to be an easier, and faster, approach than employing activities to conserve these […]

Numbers not neutral and only part of a story, say scientists at GLF Bonn

Numbers are not neutral and data, even when collected and analysed by scientists, reflect power and politics, a climate change scientist told a panel discussing data use for transformational change at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Bonn Digital Conference. “If we talk about numbers, then we also have to talk about politics and the power […]

World Agroforestry gene bank germinates a future for healthy ecosystems

Africa’s iconic baobab tree, sometimes called the “upside-down tree” and popular in myths and local legend, was in trouble earlier this century. Large numbers of this significant tree, with some specimens more than 2,000 years old, were dying due to land-use changes and climate-change impacts, triggering fears it might become endangered. Reintroduction of such threatened […]