Take a Leaf out of my Book – Growing the Tree Guardians of Tomorrow

Tree Explorers out in the woods

Tree Explorers out in the woods

Regardless of where you’re growing up, in the UK, Kenya or Lebanon, trees are equally important to your daily life. But how often do kids have the chance to get out into the woods? In the UK today, only 10% of children spend time playing outside, compared to 40% for their parents’ generation. Studies show that green spaces and trees are important for childhood development, concentration levels, anxiety control and much more.

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Strengthening forest governance by capacity building through community participation

Capacity   building through incense making by community participation

Capacity building through incense making by community participation

The overall objective of the project was to facilitate capacity building support for providing gainful employment to the people living in and around the forest of the remote and far flung regions of district Nainital. On the basis of the available resources and demand of the product, incense or Dhoop preparation was decided with the consent of the local people.

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From Quantity to Quality – Forest Restoration 2.0 in China

Forest or accumulation of trees? Afforestation meant as the establishment of trees, not the re-establishment of a forest ecosystem

Forest or accumulation of trees? Afforestation meant as the establishment of trees, not the re-establishment of a forest ecosystem

As we leave Beijing we drive by endless rows of trees: poplars, pines, oriental thujas. If I had passed by this area 30 or 40 years ago, I would have encountered a barren wasteland so damaged by erosion even grass had trouble growing on it. The forest restoration program in China has been the largest in the world and in many ways one of the most successful. It brought many places from zero to hero, increasing forest cover in Beijing city & province alone from 1.3% to 40% in 2013. Everywhere on the globe China symbolizes what scale forest restoration can take on.

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Hidden Treasure in a Christmas tree!

Hildegardia barteri tree during fruiting

Hildegardia barteri tree during fruiting

I bet you, it’s more than the beauty seen on the outside of this tree species found in West Africa; it’s called Krobo Christmas tree. There is a hidden treasure that gives multiple benefits from this species. Aside the aesthetic value it adds to the environment, one of the hidden potentials discovered is what you and I can hardly do without everyday of our life. You wonder what this could be? Here are questions that give clues about what it is.

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Carbon stock in rainforests: a buried potential

Integrating local communities in rainforest carbon quantification

Integrating local communities in rainforest carbon quantification

Food security, an important part of human well being, is a major concern for most if not all developing country. Madagascar’s rainforests are constantly and severely threatened by local communities which have, most of time, no other choice than using natural resources for a living.

« Carbon storage » as an ecosystemical service is a non destructive way to valorize the forests. However defining the valuable carbon stock is tricky and even the scientific community must face strong difficulties to give a precise accounting of the carbon stock. Carbon is stored in different pools and the most detailed and studied one is the most apparent: the above ground biomass. However, carbon is also stored in roots and in soil, also called “below ground carbon”, which are both a huge stock.

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“Rare Tree Species Conservation Centre”: Restoring the resilience of forest landscape

Establishing a rare tree species conservation centre for building  resilience with forest

Establishing a rare tree species conservation centre
for building resilience with forest

Forests play crucial ecological, social and economic functions in society as they play a significant part in conserving biodiversity. Forest landscapes have a key role in hydrological cycle that in turn provide water and food security. But against odds of climate change, fragmentation, soil erosion, degradation, desertification and pest and disease proliferation worldwide forest landscape need to be restored to help tackle them better against these global challenges.

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Le berceau kabyle en liège

Un berceau ancestral

Un berceau ancestral

Il fut un temps où l’enfant kabyle naissait dans une maison traditionnelle où il vivra des années dans un berceau tout particulier qui a accompagné toutes les naissances.

Cette maison au style rudimentaire faite en pierres et en terre renfermait en son sein un berceau unique fabriqué artisanalement en liège. Ce berceau venait de nos forêts et c’est dire toute l’importance qu’avaient nos prédécesseurs pour la protection de la forêt dont ils tiraient leurs propres besoins surtout dans les durs moments de crises comme les guerres.

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How we’re putting robots in forests to stop wildfires

The InsightFD1 fire detection robot scans an area for fire

The InsightFD1 fire detection robot scans an area for fire

This is the story of how the company I work for, Insight Robotics, is trying to change the way forest fires are fought, and some of the surprising twists and turns that mission has taken us on along the way. Fair warning, the story involves sensors, robots, drug cartels and a whole lot more.

To a non-specialist, the scale of wildfires can come as a shock. Globally, they burn over 3% of the world’s vegetated landmass every year. Some level of wildfire is an important element in biodiversity, but human activity and climate change have caused rapid and dangerous increases in their frequency and intensity worldwide. In densely populated areas such as Europe, North America and Asia for example, humans are responsible for up to 95% of wildfires. And fire season has gotten almost 20% longer since 1980 due to climate change, which by 2050 is also expected to cause a 50-100% increase in the area burnt by wildfires in countries like the United States.

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Piecing together the puzzle: What do cows, bamboo shoots, berries and elephants have to do with managing plantations?

Well managed and designed, inclusive and profitable plantations contribute positively for people and nature

Well managed and designed, inclusive and profitable plantations contribute positively for people and nature

A dairy farm, sugarcane fields and a water treatment works in South Africa. A charcoal plant, a beef ranch and a community-run nursery and horticulture project in Brazil. A village in China where people grow bamboo, and a nearby factory that processes its edible shoots. A social housing project in Santiago and a berry orchard in southern Chile.

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Prohibido pasar, ¡dunas en movimiento!

bahia creek foto

En la comunidad mapuche de Las Aguadas (Territorio Lafkenmapu), en cercanías de la zona costera marítima de la provincia de Río Negro (Argentina), más precisamente en el área de Bahía Creek, existe una gran problemática que afecta de manera directa su modo de vida, su economía y actividades productivas. Se trata de la presencia de dunas en movimiento.

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