Here are the winners of the #Forests2015 blog competition!

Anne-Gaelle Borg (L) and Nikki Chaudhary (R) won the top prizes...

Anne-Gaelle Borg (L) and Nikki Chaudhary (R)
won the top blog competition prizes…


 
Our #Forests2015 blog competition received 63 entries from 32 countries. The battle was fierce, but also fun.

While we agree with “Hot Chocolate” who sung “Everyone’s a winner” back in 1978, we HAD to select a few, who were more “winning” than others..🙂

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Young but not limited by age

Young, vibrant and ready to take on the world of forestry! “We want to effectively engage in forestry issues and be part of decisions that are being made,” declared a group of young people at the XIV World Forestry Congress.

Youth made it clear that they want to engage actively in forestry issues and natural resources sustainability. They ooze potential and yet they feel less is being invested to cater for their ambitious goals- education that equips them with relevant skills from elementary to tertiary level.

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How will future rural landscapes develop?

Restored and restoring hillsides in north Hwuanghae province

Restored and restoring hillsides in
north Hwuanghae province (Republic of Korea)

We live in a scary world. Scary because we have lost more forest than we have remaining, scary because we have more degraded land than arable land, and scary that energy scarcity affects one third of the world’s population.

And how crazy is it that there are more people with mobile phones than have toilets?

So in sharing my vision with you on how agroforestry can help solve some of the persistent and perennial problems of our world, I would like to leave you with three key messages. But first a reminder of what agroforestry is. Put simply, agroforestry is about trees in agricultural landscapes. It is often hailed as the perfect marriage of agriculture and forestry, with beneficial combinations that are more profitable, more sustainable and more resilient than their individual components.

Read more on the World Agroforestry Blog

The more trees the better

An agroforestry system (interplanting poplar trees and wheat) in southern France. The system produces more grain and wood by hectare than if the two crops were cultivated separately

An agroforestry system (interplanting poplar trees and wheat) in southern France. The system produces more grain and wood by hectare than if the two crops were cultivated separately

“We are looking at a revolution,” declared Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador and Chair of the EverGreen Agriculture Partnership, at the 14thWorld Forestry Congress in Durban. Opening a World Café on trees and resilience he said, “The agriculture that we see today will be transformed into one where trees are integrated into every agricultural system.”

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Innovación en el Congreso Forestal Mundial

Desde las prácticas en el manejo de los bosques pasando por la tecnología para su aprovechamiento todo el sector exige una nueva visión, se necesita innovación.

Eso es lo que “Speaker corner” es,  Cristine y Andrea nos explican en que consiste y cuál es su impacto en el XIV Congreso Forestal Mundial

Blogpost by José Carlos Martínez Hernández

The Power of Technology Protecting Trees

FORESTS 2015 P_Insight Robotics

Insight Robotics uses thermal imagining to detect fires early

Uncontrolled Forest Fires remains one of the biggest risks facing the forests today.

Fires have the ability to destroy thousands of trees.  Fire management within forestry is critical to avoid economic losses and to protect the lives of people and the natural environment.  A good fire risk strategy will include elements of fire prevention, detection and suppression.

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