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October 10th, 2014

Dr. Deepak Dhyani wins #IUFRO2014 Pre-Congress Blog Competition

Ahead of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress we provided a platform to showcase research and projects to the international community and start the sharing of knowledge well before anyone landed in Salt Lake City. Thirty-four posts were entered into the competition, introducing a wide range of issues and knowledge from around the world. Dr. Deepak […]

A salmon carcass exerimentally placed in an Idaho streat tht once was home to naturally spawning salmon
October 1st, 2014

Shooting Trees for Science Because of Salmon

I looked down the dark grey barrel of the shotgun, pulled the trigger, and watched a small branch tumble down to the ground through the canopy (maybe after a couple of shots if it had been a stubborn ponderosa pine). My assistant and I bagged the sample and put it with the others to be […]

Ecosystem based adaptation in Nepal, photo: Dharam
October 1st, 2014

Reducing Vulnerability and enhance socio-ecological resilience in the face of climate change

Many evidences documented and published by scholarly organizations, and scholars have revealed that climate change (CC) affects people, plants, and animals in many ways. Observed effects of CC include changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, lengthening of growing seasons, sea level rise, melting glaciers, dried of water sources […]

Photo illustrated seedlings of Artocarpus Chaplasha, an important commercial forest species in Bangladesh under high scenario of climate change (Photo: M. Al Amin).
October 1st, 2014

A Success Story of Forest Research Collaboration

This is my pleasure to inform you about a success story on sketching future forests of Bangladesh applying climate change scenarios in a generic version i.e. similar method you may apply to draw your future forest. This is a collaborative project between the foresters of Bangladesh (IFESCU) and USA (USDA). Bangladesh is a South Asian […]

Atlas Moth
September 30th, 2014

Insects as bio-indicators for monitoring landscape biodiversity

One of the major crises we face today is the ever-growing mass extinction of living beings caused by human activities. Our knowledge of global biodiversity and extinction is very limited, but of the 5 to 50 million species believed to exist, conservative estimates points to about 17500 being lost each year, that is, 2 species […]

A peatland in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where degraded peat swamp forest (left) abuts an area recently drained and converted into an oil palm plantation (mature plantings are visible in the background); pioneer species are regenerating in the foreground, amidst felled forest trees, ferns and young oil palms.  [Image taken by L.E.S.Cole.]
September 30th, 2014

A plug for peat

The challenge of conserving tropical peat amidst the rising tide of oily palms “Tropical peat swamps….what, like bogs?” asks a friend, hearing about my research for the first time. “Yes, bogs with trees on top,” I reply. “Why peat bogs?” they ask, entirely bemused. Good question. Tropical peat swamp forests are full of mosquitoes, infested […]

New Guinea fig specimen, georeferencing maps and habitat suitability model integrated in the Google Earth interface
Picture credit: Thomas Starnes, RBG Kew
September 30th, 2014

From 20th Century plant hunters to 21st Century forest modellers – the many uses of biological records in forest biodiversity conservation

What could early 20th Century plant hunters have to do with the contemporary conservation movement? Research conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew draws on plant collections made from the tropical rainforest of New Guinea over 60 years ago to help make predictions about the past, current and future distributions of ecologically and […]

Harvesting Prunus africana bark on Mount Cameroon. (Credit: Verina Ingram)
September 29th, 2014

From endangered to everyday tree? How governance makes a difference

A pidgin phrase from northwest Cameroon—‘Chop, no broke pot’ (Eat, but don’t overdo it)—is, essentially, a call for sustainable consumption. The saying also highlights the tensions in governing desirable forest resources in that country. An example is Prunus africana, a tree native the mountains of central Africa used by local people for fuelwood, carving, and […]

CFI's Rural Innovation Campus allows local communities to experiment, pilot, and demonstrate new ideas in forest conservation in Pemba, Tanzania. (Credit: Community Forests Pemba)
September 29th, 2014

Plant a Tree, Grow a Friend

How does a grassroots organization match effective sustainable development with meaningful forest research in rural Africa? Through true partnership. There is something incredibly valuable about a community project starting out of friendship. The goals of the project then go beyond the scope of the project itself. Community Forests International began when Executive Director Jeff Schnurr’s […]

Fig. 1 Repeat photgraphs of Charikot, Dolakha District
September 29th, 2014

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Trees: Measuring the impacts of Nepal’s community forestry programme through repeat imagery

Who better to take care of the world’s forests than the people who live in and directly depend on them? Over the past 30 years, most developing countries have transitioned toward a decentralized system of forest management that gives local communities greater rights and responsibilities. Globally, land management rights for at least 10% (approximately 400 […]

A borer damage teak tree in Doginala Karnataka, India
September 27th, 2014

Renew the interest in Renewables to sustain forests and sustain people!

In this materialistic world, I used to wonder about the advances in material creation. All sophisticated gadgets and products make our life really livable! Often I am more fascinated by the real creations the trees make, each unique in its own way, so unique that only one species knows it all! So complicated they are […]

Engaging with local people in forested landscape
September 27th, 2014

Managing natural capital for improved livelihoods

Forests are inextricably linked to our social and economic value, to our bonds with nature and to the health of all ecosystems. Forests have a central role to play as the world confronts the challenges of improved livelihoods for a growing population. If predictions prove correct, the world will need to shelter, feed, clothe, and […]

Aerial view of a vast mangrove ecosystem in Bintuni Bay, West Papua showing colonization of Avicinea marina in the mudflat
Photo credit: Daniel Murdiyarso
September 25th, 2014

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them. As you move landward from the sea, the amount of salt dissolved in the water […]

Murray River, Australia
(Photo Credit - Tim Philips)
September 25th, 2014

Australia’s Missing Woodland

KERANG, Australia – For thousands of years lush wetlands and dense wooded scrub flanked Australia’s greatest river, until it was largely drained and cut away less than two centuries ago. Now the land is changing again and into what, we do not yet know. On the banks of a major tributary of the great Murray […]

Fodder, firewood, planting-cuttings, construction poles, etc., all products from a single tree. (Photo by Dr. Mulubrahn Balehegn)
September 24th, 2014

The tree that saved a village

I hate to do this but I have to ask you to mentally retrieve your visual memory of the horrific images of the infamous famine of the early eighties in Northern Ethiopia that caused mass starvation, death and migration. Repeated droughts during those years did not only result in exhaustion of food reserves across drought […]

Lush beauty, food security and carbon capture in compact packages. Photo Credit: Eskil Mattsson
September 23rd, 2014

Analog Forestry: re-establishing natural biodiversity

Agroforestry must be hailed for its decisive implications for small-scale and marginal farmers. Besides producing a wider assortment of crops agroforestry also provides important benefits in terms of ecosystem services and local biodiversity. As we mark the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, lets understand – It’s not about best practice, but best fit. In […]

Wild edible fruits seeds and community participation approach. Credit: Dr. Deepak Dhyani
September 19th, 2014

Sustaining forests and people by conserving lesser known underutilised wild edibles

Hundreds of millions of poor people around the world depend directly or indirectly on forests for their livelihoods and subsistence. There is huge demand of natural food products to fulfil nutritional requirements of many living amid forests in remote and inaccessible tracts. Most of the times nutritional and food security questions of communities especially dwelling […]

Rice crop with poplar and citrus plantation.
September 19th, 2014

Agro-Forestry: Service to Agriculture, Boon to the Forests

Greetings to all fellow readers! I am Manish Kumar from Allahabad. The reason I am writing this blog is to create awareness and make an appeal to all those who will be reading this to make a move by involving the masses to most of whom this blog might not be accessible. Forests are inevitably […]

A typical landscape degradation of Zagros forests by local community and villagers
September 12th, 2014

A new approach beyond an ancient history: Lessons from Community Forestry Management in Iran’s Semi-arid Oak Forests

For millions of years, forests and people across the Zagros forest of Iran evolved together, creating perhaps the most unique socio-ecological system in the world. From one of the earliest stories ever written in 2700 BC. about Mesopotamian civilization “To provide the timber to build the city of Gilgamesh, the forests of the Zagros range east of […]

Women workers finish assembling furniture. Jepara, Central Java, Indonesia. Photo credit: CIFOR
September 10th, 2014

Carving a place for women’s rights in Indonesia’s furniture trade

JEPARA, Indonesia — Women have worked with wood for centuries in Jepara, the capital of Indonesia’s thriving carved teak and mahogany furniture industry. Unfortunately, recently the trees and the women whose lives depend on them have not gotten a very good deal. After decades of over-exploitation, Indonesia’s stocks of teak and mahogany are dwindling. If […]

Harvesting rise in the Chittagong Hill tracts. Photo credit: Alex Treadway
September 10th, 2014

Gardens in the sky – Advantages of agroforestry in Bangladesh

ALUTILLA VALLEY, Bangladesh – Imagine a forest that is not really a forest, but a multi-layered garden reaching up more than 10 meters. It produces more than 25 times as much income as the rice it usually replaces and forms a ‘canopy’ that provides a home for endangered plants and animals. It’s a dream, right? […]

Doing my bit, planting for the planet! Credit: Ms. Oyar Tatin
August 26th, 2014

Being a youth activist, a need of today?

Earth, the only planet with life, our home and place where all the great events related to human history have taken place, calls for our collective efforts to save its constantly changing environment towards the negative. We have to unite in order to save it, and work towards a sustainable future. In this modern era, […]

Picture shows the workers' compound in FSC-certified concession and the workers coming back from work. Credit Edouard Essiane, CIFOR.
August 26th, 2014

Certifying logging concessions certifies social benefits in Congo Basin

When it comes to sustaining forests so that they can sustain people, forest certification has been heralded as an important tool for improved forest stewardship. The jury is still out on just how much forest certification schemes can tackle deforestation and forest degradation. But a recent study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) […]

Gold harvest by rural women
August 22nd, 2014

The generous golden shrub!

Yes, there is a generous shrub that gives gold! Can you believe this? Do you want to know more about it? OK, we talk about the generous mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) that generates money to rural women! The Money comes from the gold which exists within the fruits of the shrub. Difficult to assimilate? Don’t […]

Community of Practice for Forest Management Decision Support Systems
August 11th, 2014

The future of Forest Management Decision Support Systems

Decision making in Forest Management can be supported in many ways. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are computer-based systems which provide support in solving ill-structured decision problems. Decision makers are able to interact with research models and database management systems. The expert knowledge of scientists, managers, and decision makers is combined to support specific decision making […]

Researchers of CASTLE ITN Project in a French forest, speaking about sustainability. Credit: Frank Müller
August 7th, 2014

Words are important! E.g., we should use #sustainability wisely…

I was a university researcher when I checked forestry activities for the first time. I felt confused. We, from the academia, have powerful concepts and visions, rich graphs and brilliant slides. Yet, if you visit a small-scale forestry site in Italian Alps, firstly you should know the local dialect. I did not. Besides, I had […]

On of our Study Village
August 4th, 2014

How can forests in a green economy contribute to resilient rural livelihood in South Africa?

The need to decouple livelihood activities from forest degradation is increasingly becoming an important developmental challenge in most rural communities in South Africa. In most rural communities across South Africa forest resources are found to be a significant contributor to household’s welfare and livelihood. In some instances, forest resources serves as a reserve of products […]

Montesclaros monastry – the cradle of a scientific declaration intended to save the forests of the world - Jarkko Hantula
August 3rd, 2014

I have a dream on healthy future forests

I have a dream that one day the man will stop spreading new plant diseases from one location to another one. We hold it should be self-evident; that no one should introduce harmful organisms to new areas, where they may cause forest destruction. The old history covering the tales of Chestnut blight, White pine blister […]

Afforestation close to desert in Iran
August 3rd, 2014

Forest and sustainable developments in regions with low precipitation

Forest development in regions with low precipitation is not easy, because water is very important for people who are living in arid and semiarid areas and the first priority of people for available water will be for living and agricultural products. In order to find a practical way for afforestation development and optimal and viable […]

An important benefit of tree planting is the provision of firewood. Credit to Author.
July 24th, 2014

What motivates farmers in Malawi to plant trees?

“Trees provide shade, shelter from heavy winds, fresh air and they also beautify the home,” says Grace, a farmer from the village of Mchanao in southern Malawi, as we sit under the shade of a mango tree beside the small house where she lives with her five children. “I really love to see trees around.” […]

Melia dubia plantation with dense undergrowth of Leucaena leucoephala windings. Photo taken at Mr. Veerabhadrappa's farm at Molakalmuru taluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka
July 23rd, 2014

Farmer’s desire for dendro-biomass production in semi-arid region of Andhra Pradesh, India: constraints and potentials

Many times we fail to acknowledge things available next door which are capable of solving both local and global problems. Similarly biomass production in any form going to meet world’s energy demand by converting it through combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, composting, fermentation or trans-esterification into energy. So we conducted a field survey to assess the post […]

Women selling and buying different bamboo products at local market
July 16th, 2014

Bamboo: Green gold for rural poor in Hula District, Ethiopia

Introduction Bamboo is the single most important forest produce used by the rural communities in Ethiopia and several regions of the world. Since the commodity is multi-purpose and processing is labour-intensive, bamboo-based development leads to the creation of new employment opportunities and income generation, especially in rural communities and expansion of opportunities for women in […]

Kashiram with his Donas (leaf plates) and his son (left) and Principal Scientist Dr. R.P. Dwivedi
July 16th, 2014

The leaf of a tree makes Kashiram’s life beautiful

Have you ever wonder, even a leaf of a tree makes someone’s life beautiful. Many of the farmers in the villages of India since tradition used to take their lunch using leaves. During my child hood, I got chance to have my lunch in Agave leave. During graduation days, whenever I used to go for […]

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July 1st, 2014

Announcing the #IUFRO2014 Blog Competition

Showcase your Research and Projects! Ahead of the upcoming IUFRO World Congress, we want to provide a platform for you to showcase your work and enter for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 USD! We know that there is a lot of interesting work being conducted around the world and that a […]