When ancestral lands fall victim to an international border

Burkina Faso – Part VI of VI-part series: WHAT THE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM WEST AFRICA’S UNHEARD   Hansen Apewe Abaloori, Akaa, Kassena–Nankana West District, Upper East Region, Ghana People in the community of Akaa, in Kassena-Nankana District in Ghana’s Upper East Region, remember the days before officials just across the border in neighbouring Burkina…

“Restoration belongs to the community”

Timescales can be tricky in forest restoration. We might have the best arguments in the world for why it makes environmental and economic sense to plant trees and let them grow. But most people don’t have the financial flexibility to invest time and resources into planting and then wait years – or decades – for…

Can forests and smallholders live in harmony in Africa?

Africa – Agriculture continues to present the biggest threat to forests worldwide. Some experts predict that crop production needs to be doubled by 2050 to feed the world at the current pace of population growth and dietary changes toward higher meat and dairy consumption. Scientists generally agree that productivity increase alone is not going to…

Firewood for income in a degrading landscape

Ghana – Part V of VI-part series: WHAT THE WORLD CAN LEARN FROM WEST AFRICA’S UNHEARD   Zizigna Bagambagui, community of Gwenia, Kassena – Nankana District West, Upper East Region, Ghana With soils becoming increasingly infertile in Ghana’s Kassena–Nankana District, many people in farming communities – especially women – rely heavily on income from tree…

Mencari keseimbangan: Menahan emisi dan memaksimalkan produksi pangan di lahan gambut

Indonesia – Peran lahan gambut sangat signifikan dalam memerangi perubahan iklim. Menempati posisi tinggi dalam daftar aksi mitigasi dan adaptasi perubahan iklim dengan melindungi lahan gambut adalah mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca melalui dekomposisi gambut. Manajemen air adalah kunci upaya ini. “Lahan gambut memainkan  peran penting dalam merawat keragaman hayati, mengurangi emisi gas rumah kaca,…

Cameroon forest superfood scores best for women’s health

Cameroon – When Caleb Yengo Tata travelled to the remote Takamanda rainforest region in southwest Cameroon on a research trip with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), he was struck by the high levels of malnutrition and infant mortality that he found there. “We would visit a community one day, and the next day…

Desafío planeta: Todavía estamos a tiempo… pero no por mucho

“Tenemos unos 20 años para cambiar nuestro actuar antes de que algo irreversible suceda” dijo Robert Nasi, Director General del Centro para la Investigación Forestal Internacional (CIFOR), en la sesión plenaria de apertura del Global Landscapes Forum Kioto (GLF Kioto) llevado a cabo a mediados del mes de mayo, y cuyas  discusiones continuarán en junio en…