Are some forests better than others at migrating climate change ?

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Photo credit: Travel Photos HD. LIFE ON EARTH wouldn’t be the same without forests. An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests provide food and timber, preserve water quality and soil fertility, and act as a home for 80% of the planet’s terrestrial species. They also act […]

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Can tropical forests recover after major disturbance?

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

Secondary forests recovering after previous deforestation account for a substantial proportion of the world’s remaining area of tropical forest and their importance is expected to increase in the future. Assessing the resilience of tropical forests is key to understanding their potential for conservation and provision of ecosystem services. The capacity of secondary forests to conserve […]

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Agarwood, the wonder crop

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

Agarwood, a high value commercial crop native to India, enjoys a good demand in both national and international markets. Planters in Malnad have taken to agar cultivation in a big way, writes Chethana Dinesh M L Murthy always planted silver oak as an intercrop in his coffee estate in Chikmagalur. The leaves of silver oak, […]

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A ‘green revolution’ that may save Filipino coconut farmers

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

GUINAYANGAN, Philippines – Rizal and Renida Marjes’ backyard reminded me of a wild version of the vegetable and fruit stalls in my neighborhood grocery. Like those well-lit stalls, produce was presented in different levels. Stoic coconut trees towered above us, as if on the highest shelf. A rung below were the mango and chico trees […]

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Intercropping with Tea Best Improves Water Use Efficiency of Rubber Trees

Posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017 by

Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) have great economic and social value throughout South-East Asia. The dramatic expansion of rubber plantations has caused many environmental problems, especially hydrological consequences. Although rubber agroforestry systems provide promising solutions, the associations of water use between rubber tree and other intercropped species are poorly documented.  Prof. LIU Wenjie and his […]

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Forest Restoration & Reforestation

Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by

In places where forests have been lost or degraded, restoration or reforestation projects may be undertaken in order to guarantee or accelerate the recovery of forests. Objectives of forest restoration can range from economic incentives, to social or cultural values, to ecosystem services, to biodiversity conservation. The task of forest restoration can be a complex […]

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Kenya Commits to Restore 5.1 Million Hectares of Land Based on New National Opportunity Maps

Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by

The African continent has the largest landscape restoration opportunity of any in the world – but each country has to lead the way and drive action on the ground. Today, Kenya announced a significant commitment to restore 5.1 million hectares of land, nearly 9 percent of its total landmass. The amount of land Kenya committed […]

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France unveils new agroforestry plans

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 by

January 19, 2016 As part of the 2nd National Day of Agroforestry, France unveiled new plans for developing ecologically sustainable forestry practices throughout the country. The plan aims to reduce the environmental impact of forestry and to integrate forest management practices into the transition to agroecology. Agroforestry consists primarily of mixing the planting of […]

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What is agroforestry?

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

According to the Association for Temperate Agrofiorestry, “Agroforestry is a land management system that optimizes the benefits from the biological interactions created when trees and/or shrubs are deliberately combined with crops and/or livestock. There are five basic types of agroforestry practices today in the North America: windbreaks, alley cropping, silvopasture, riparian buffers and forest […]

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Extending the Forest Estate

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

Agroforestry Program Trees grown on farmland provide a range of benefits and values to landowners and the community.  Well planned tree plantings can increase farm profits by improving crop and animal growth and providing additional income from wood sales.  Trees on farms also provide environmental and social benefits that often extend beyond farm boundaries.  Private Forests Tasmania, in […]

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