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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“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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Prohibido pasar, ¡dunas en movimiento!

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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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S.O.S. ¡Nativas al rescate!

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En Patagonia Norte (Argentina) han sucedido en los últimos años, a causa del avance de la frontera agrícola- ganadera numerosos desmontes, los cuales han producido un aumento de la desertificación ocasionando la pérdida de vegetación de especies nativas y por ende su desvalorización ante la sociedad. Para atenuar estas problemáticas surge un proyecto desde la Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro y del Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de Rio Negro, para investigar acerca de las especies forestales nativas de manera in vitro y convencional, con el objeto de producir plantas para restaurar ciertas áreas degradadas.

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I am young and loving “Green”

Farmers in Dutsin-Ma and their saplings

Farmers in Dutsin-Ma and their saplings

Since my childhood, I have loved “Green”. I have developed passion for Sustainable forest Development and Biodiversity conservation in my Nigeria and the world at large, and my background in Forest Economic and management have augmented my capacity as a Forestry professional, with which skills I exhibit my various projects. For these reason I have brought together a number of young people who are willing and able to support my initiative.

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Nutritionally fortified and palatable organic Harad Powder: an innovative herbal product

Demonstrating  Nutritionally Fortified Organic Harad Powder, An Innovative Herbal Product  With Natural Supplement  For Sustainable Trade

Demonstrating Nutritionally Fortified Organic Harad Powder, An Innovative Herbal Product With Natural Supplement For Sustainable Trade

Countless genera of plants are used mainly as herbal preparations in the indigenous systems of medicine in different countries which have stood up to the tests of time that even the modern forms of medicines have not been able to replace. Let’s explore the potential of one of such medicinal plants which is known as Harad in the sub-continent.

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I wonder if birds have ever been scientists!

TREE PLANTING INSIGHTS TO CHILDREN

There is a lot that needs to be done to bridge the gap between sciences and the arts. I hail from the great, yes great, Lira district of Northern Uganda. I also delight in being the founder of Africans Focused on Global Warming and Development (AFOGWAD) an organization that is comprised of young people brainstorming and locally establishing avenues and solutions to address one of our generation’s greatest tragedies, climate change resultant from carbon emission in the atmosphere.

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Taraaaaa!… Here are the #Forests2015 Youth Speakers!

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Many thanks to all the enthusiastic young people from around the world that submitted entries to be considered as a youth speaker for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) 2015, which will take place from September 7th – 11th 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

We received 84 entries of outstanding youth-led initiatives from every continent. This year’s competition for youth speaker slots was very keen, and a pleasure to witness what youth are promoting and accomplishing for the Future of Forests.

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Environmental Friendly Innovations to Promote Biodiversity

Flood affected forests site visit

Flood affected forests site visit

Pakistan is listed among countries extremely vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change due to its diverse topographic and demographic settings. The country is vulnerable to a host of natural hazards particularly of forester hydro-meteorological nature, the frequency and intensity of which has increased due to climate change.

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How to study what young people want from the future forests? View from Sweden…

Collecting visions from students in Umeå, Sweden

Collecting visions from students in Umeå, Sweden

In Sweden, the rotation period for forests is 80-100 years, from regeneration to final felling. This means that it’s necessary to try to look far into the future when envisioning the future of forests. Today’s young people will be future’s forest users and decision-makers, and that is why we want to find out what they want from the forest. Use of forests will also have a large impact on Swedish society as a whole, because forest makes up 69 % of land area.

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