It was amazing to see agroforestry and conservation agriculture engage in a cosy relationship at the World Forestry Congress this week. It’s a union that can improve food security and environmental sustainability, and create new jobs.
As global forestry leaders gather in South Africa for the World Forestry Congress, WWF is challenging participants to take bold actions to stop deforestation and join WWF’s “Forests for Life” campaign.
The Congress, to be held on 7-11 September, will open against the backdrop of the 2015 FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015), which is updated every five years and will be released on the first day of the Congress.
The event comes at a critical time for the forestry sector – forest management, protection and restoration are vital elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will be adopted later this month; and in November, over 190 countries will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to negotiate a new treaty to cut global emissions. Meanwhile, we continue to lose forests at an alarming rate.
“Unless we take concerted action now, we stand to lose up to 170 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 in the world’s ‘deforestation fronts’, places that will account for over 80 per cent of global forest in these 20 years,” said Rod Taylor, Director, WWF Global Forest Programme. “That’s why we are dedicating our presence at the World Forestry Congress to challenge stakeholders – both in and outside Durban – to take part in our campaign and tell us what they are doing for forests and to address the catastrophic threat of deforestation and forest degradation.”
Representatives from governments, companies and major international organizations from across the world are joining WWF’s campaign to advance the debate on solutions to halt deforestation.
Peter de Marsh of the International Family Forestry Alliance discusses the “tremendous potential” for saving forests and improving livelihoods, simultaneously.
Feeding the world’s largest population is one of the most pressing challenges facing Chinese people. Forests as well as trees on farms are a direct source of food for rural people, providing both staple foods and supplemental foods such as tea, fruits, edible fungi, Chinese herbal medicines, wild meat and so on.
We selected Changting County (located in Fujian province, southern of China) to make a case study by interviewing local people, and make a household survey. We focused on exploring the relationship between forest and food security in different period of time. That is, how do the different economic-social development conditions in history shape the relationship between forests and food security?
¿Quién no se maravilla en presencia de un árbol, o incluso bosque, centenario? Incontables historias los relacionan con sabiduría, misticismo, el paso y conexión entre generaciones… un vínculo especial nos conecta con lo que Carl Sagan describía como “nuestros primos, los árboles”. Protectores de la sociedad y refugio de dioses, hubo un tiempo en el que los bosques viejos eran venerados, honrando una conexión ancestral quizás también derivada de nuestros orígenes más primigenios como especie…
Maybe you don’t know where Perawangis is. Maybe Perawang is not familiar for you or there is not Perawang on the map. Yeah, Perawang is my hometown.
First, I want to tell you a little thing about Perawang. Perawang is my birth place. Perawang is located in Riau, Sumatera Island, Indonesia. I spent my totally life in Perawang. And I lived there from my childhood until now (20 years old). I lived and grew up in this village. I live here because my parents worked here. My parents worked here exactly in the pulp and paper industry. This industry needs forest to increase their production. Forests have much impact to fulfill Perawang’s society’s needs. Almost all people in Perawang worked at pulp and paper industry and that is being a primary livelihood in Perawang including for my family.
Ananías Aleluya vive con su mujer y sus tres hijos en una casa modesta en Combuyo, una comunidad Quechua en el Valle de Cochabamba/Bolivia, situada en la ladera de la Cordillera del Tunari. Igual a los vecinos, Ananías y Catalina trabajan la tierra para producir sus alimentos y vender el excedente en el mercado. También tienen un par de bovinos, que significan sobre todo la seguridad financiera en algún momento de necesidad. Anteriormente, los bueyes también habían sido útiles para arar el suelo, pero hoy son remplazados por el tractor.
In Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) fuel wood traditionally constitutes the major fuel for domestic use. Women in most of the cases collect “free” fuel wood from the native forests surrounding their village. Scarcity in fuel wood in rural areas is adding more burdens on women, and is driving native use of forests by local communities to be replaced with commercial charcoal production.
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.