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.

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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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Brushing up charcoal’s image

Ms Wanjira Mathai.

Ms Wanjira Mathai.

You cannot handle charcoal without getting your hands dirty. Similarly, the charcoal value chain in sub-Saharan Africa, a multi-million dollar enterprise, has all the makings of a dirty business. In many countries, powerful cartels control the trade in charcoal, and the business is shrouded in mystery, largely out of the reach of governments’ regulation.

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Can bamboo drive Africa’s emerging green economy?


Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that brings to many African countries a significant untapped potential for generating rural income, restoring degraded landscapes, and combating climate change. To harness bamboo to drive a green economy in Africa, robust national policies and international frameworks that support bamboo development are needed.

As African countries shift to the post-2015 development agenda and develop strategies to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals, there is one resource that many may not have previously considered – bamboo. Despite the many benefits this plant brings and the huge reserves of indigenous bamboo found across the continent, the resource remains largely untapped in Africa.

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$4.50 + tenure = a sustainable income from cinnamon trees in Vietnam


My name is Hoang Thi Chuyen, a Tay ethnic woman from Viet Nam, living in Ba Khe 3 village, Cat Thinh commune, Van Chan district, Yen Bai province. I am the Chairwoman of Ba Khe 3 Women’s Union.

My family has always lived near the forest. One of my strongest memories is from 1993, when my family was very poor. Actually not only my family but others in my village as well lacked food. We only had cassava and sweet potatoes to eat. We did not have enough clothes to wear or food to eat. We were hungry. One day it was raining, but I decided to go to the forest to find bamboo and wild vegetables to sell so I could get some rice and meat for my children. I was successful that day, and my children were fully fed. I was so happy I cried.

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Dialogues for better forests

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More Forests, Better Future

On 7 September, after the opening ceremony of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban South Africa, the High Level Dialogue on Global Forest Agenda was held.

The main message from this session was clear: we are gathered at the congress to motivate and remind each other of our purpose to build a better future for forests. This is the reason for holding the congress.

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African bamboos and rattans: filling knowledge gaps

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Bamboo for Africa

A preliminary checklist defines existing knowledge on African bamboos and rattans – an initial contribution to a new global initiative launched at World Forestry Congress 2015

Today, many bamboo and rattan-producing countries are not tapping the economic-environmental value that these plants can bring to national green economy strategies – benefits that include climate change mitigation and adaptation, landscape and soil restoration, biodiversity conservation, energy, and new income streams for rural communities.

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