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.. 🙂
The large youth team, participating in the World Forestry Congress, organized a spontaneous flash mob at the conference.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
Applause and more applause at the end of a play by junior students about the effects of human activity on the environment.
The story performed by students of the Ntabezwe Junior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape, South Africa portrays a rural farming community where some people have some degree of knowledge of the importance of forests and caring for the ecosystem. Rural communities in the country are led by traditional leaders called Chiefs.
One member of the community is seen burning a tree, and another clearing a piece of forest land for farming purposes. Both are at fault of destroying the ecosystem but neither one is aware. One of them eventually reports the other to the Chief. But it turns out both need to be educated. The assistant to the Chief then explains to the women about existing policies which regulate the protection of the environment.
We are today’s youth. We live in the world you, the elders created.
Tomorrow, it is our turn to be the world’s custodians.
The world you are about to hand us, faces many challenges: climate change, soil degradation, sustainable and productive agriculture.
As you did not resolve these issues, we, today’s youth will have to. We want to give a better world to our children. Today, we want to prepare ourselves, with the knowledge and experience to create that better world.
Naturally, we were interested in the event ‘The Restoration Generation: Can Africa bring 100 million hectares degraded land into restoration by 2030?’.
An artist’s impression of a Kapchorwa landscape.
Experience from Uganda shows that when villages and districts create regulations to manage forests and restoration, benefits flow.
Through collective awareness of land-management challenges at the grassroots level, governments and others are effectively coerced to make policy responses for the protection of land and natural resources in a landscape, benefiting humans and the environment. Furthermore, approaching these issues through a Landcare mindset is critical for sustainability.
Read more on the World Agroforestry Blog