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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Forests for climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development

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As the global community comes together in Durban 7-11 September for the XIV World Forestry Congress, the importance of forests in addressing climate change is set to take centre stage. Deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than the emissions from all the planes, trains, automobiles and ships in the world. It is only by including forests in a climate change strategy that we can hold the increase in global average temperature below two degrees. While forests hold the key to reducing carbon emissions, forests serve an even greater purpose to the more than 1.6 billion people around the world that depend on them.

Forests provide livelihood, food, shelter and financial resources to people, and play a critical role in conserving biodiversity.

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How can a garden help build a resilient forest?

Restored forest 12 years on from Eucalyptus plantation. In 2001, before the work of Plants for Life, the site of Brackenhurst conference centre and botanic gardens had few native trees. In 2013 Plants for Life have transformed the site planting many native trees and creating a alrge and mature forest on the site of a eucalyptus plantation. A native Muna tree, Aningeria adolfi-friederici can be seen on the top of the hill. Taken as part of a documentation of the Ecological Restoration Alliance, a group of botanic gardens restoring 100 damaged habitats on six continents, this story was shot in Kenya. Here thousands of acres of forest were removed in the early 1900's for the production of mono culture crops of tea and the eucalyptus used to dry it. In just 12 years the NGO Plants for Life has restored a eucalyptus plantation into a thriving forest with over 150 bird species, a wide range of mammals and hundreds of rare and endangered tree species. Brackenhurst, Near Limaru. Kenya.

Restored indigenous forest at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Tigoni, Kenya

In Tigoni, just outside of Nairobi in Kenya, birds have found a rare and varied source of native fruits to feast upon.

In Fort Portal, Western Uganda, communities are enjoying a harvest of fresh vegetables, whilst watching trees around them flourish.

These sites are forest restoration demonstration plots, established by botanic gardens. Whilst identifying top performing species, developing propagation protocols and cultivating a supply of indigenous seedlings, these botanic garden demonstration sites provide biodiversity and community benefits, as well as opportunities for training and outreach.

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Why building supply chain integrity is key to managing operational and reputational risk

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To succeed in an increasingly resource-constrained and competitive wood products market, companies need to manage operational and reputational risk. That requires a transition from a short-term buying approach into a long-term system of building and managing the integrity of the value chain of wood products, says Angel Llavero Cruz, WWF Forest Product Markets and Supply Chain Coordinator, who reflects in this article on the importance for businesses to manage supply chain integrity and the role of FSC.

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Green and Grey Infrastructure: The Contribution of Urban and Peri-urban Forests to Sustainable Cities

11869553525_1c56a8121d_cPlease join us in globally promoting the contribution of urban and peri-urban forestry to a green and sustainable future. A World Forestry Congress Urban Forestry side event will take place from 12:45 to 14:15 on 10 September, 2015 in Hall 5/6.

The development and management of the urban and peri-urban forests can play a key role in ensuring the provision of a number of services that are vital for the livelihood and health of the urban and peri-urban communities. In order to maximize these services, however, it is essential that the urban and peri-urban forests are fully integrated into city planning. In fact, the interaction between the grey, blue and green elements of a city is the key to reshape or build urban areas better equipped to face the increasing global challenges.

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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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