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To restore forests, first start with a seed

By Emmanuel Hitimana Find the original article here. How did Rwanda manage to restore more than 800,000 hectares — almost half of its original pledge — in less than a decade?  HUYE, Rwanda, May 20 2020 (IPS) – In 2011, when Rwanda committed to restoring 2 million hectares of land in a...

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Why We Believe Planting 1 Trillion Trees Can Save the Planet

BY JANE GOODALL AND MARC BENIOFF AUGUST 27, 2020 9:21 AM EDT Jane Goodall DBE, is founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace Marc Benioff is the co-owner of TIME and the chair and CEO of Salesforce The article was originally published on Time Magazine For more than six...

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Communities managing forests: a tale of prophets, profits, prove it

Nairobi, Kenya, 26 May 2020 – Today, more than 7 billion humans share the planet with approximately 3 trillion trees, with about a quarter of these trees living outside ‘forests’ and 45% of trees and 40% of people living in the tropics, where most of the recent deforestation has occurred.  But...

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Impacts of Covid-19 on farming communities in Northern Uganda

Authors: Joy M.B. Tukahirwa, Rick Kamugisha, Ocan Bosco, Odour Walter Background In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic leading to catastrophic loss of human life and harms to livelihoods across the world, the Government of Uganda (GOU) announced a strict national lockdown effective 1 April 2020 in order to reduce...

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Tree planting is not a simple solution

Originally published on Science Magazine 368 (6491), 580-581 Tree planting must be carefully planned and implemented to achieve desired outcomes A plethora of articles suggest that tree planting can overcome a host of environmental problems, including climate change, water shortages, and the sixth mass extinction (1–3). Business leaders and politicians have...

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Applying the hard lessons of coronavirus to the biodiversity crisis

I attended one of three major biodiversity planning meetings this February, originally scheduled for China, but relocated to Rome. The day I arrived, there were three cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in northern Italy. Two days later there were 21, and five days later there were 229. I left the...

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Restoring forests, restoring communities: lessons from Shinyanga

by David Charles How secure resource rights help communities in Africa restore forests and build local economies “Landscape restoration is not new,” said Steven Lawry, former director of CIFOR’s Forests and Governance Research portfolio. “But global and national commitments such as the Bonn Challenge and AFR100 and the urgency of addressing climate change mean...

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The role of FMNR in conflict reduction

by Tony Rinaudo   Where natural resource management principles are applied, there is “resource expansion” – more fodder, more grain, more fuel wood, more water.  These principles, including Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) directly contribute to a reduction in conflict.  Afterall, if there is enough to go around – why...

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Surprising benefits of an age old land regeneration technique

Tim Christophersen, Head of the Water, Land and Climate Branch at UN Environment, supports the widespread adoption of natural techniques such as FMNR to restore degraded land. Success is evident in Niger, Mali and Senegal where local farmers have seen substantial increase in crop yields, and greater food security for...

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