In a globally connected world,
we are used to communicating online. Nevertheless, many of us have been caught
flat-footed by the sudden need to step up our virtual collaborations and give
up face-to-face meetings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read how 25
scientists of IUFRO’s Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Poverty and
the GFEP team at IUFRO Headquarters virtually jumped in at the deep end and
learned how to swim.
“Forest landscapes (FLs) are often the basis of local economies and social identity,” said Professor Andreas Bolte, Head of Institute at the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems in Eberswalde Germany.
“In past, many forests have been heavily degraded by unsustainable practices, and today they are still under heavy pressure worldwide through the loss and degradation of forests, conversion to other land uses and, increasingly, climate change,” he said.
IUFRO Spotlight #75 – IUFRO Task Forces: A multi-disciplinary approach to addressing forest challenges around the globe
Current forest-related challenges are best addressed from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Integrating knowledge from biophysical and socioeconomic sciences can provide more complete analyses of forest issues. These, in turn, are of more direct value to forest decision makers and practitioners.
That’s one of the primary reasons underlying the IUFRO Task Forces (TFs).
“The TFs serve as the platforms for scientists from different disciplines to work together and contribute their wisdom to the most pressing forest issues and international challenges,” said Dr. Shirong Liu, IUFRO Vice-President for Task Forces.
We are now in the
Sub-Saharan African country Ethiopia, “land of origins”, meaning origin
of humankind, Arabica coffee, blue Nile, and many more. In the seventh blog
post, the name of the restoration project is Ethiopia’s Landscape Restoration at Lower Meqii (Dugda area), Soddo district.
Inside the forest. Wind
blows. Leaves dance in synchronized movement. Joy with the result of protecting
and restoring degraded forests.
“I was directly involved in the land preparation, planting,
and maintenance of the trees together with crops,” said one of the female
farmer participants of the forest landscape restoration (FLR) project in Ghana.
With the Archaeological
Park and Ruins of Quirigua, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its
national tree, Ceiba sp., the fifth blog post is in
Guatemala. The name of the project is Chimaltenango
Restoration Initiative, in Guatemala, Central Highlands.
Oui, oui mon ami, we
are in Madagascar, the third blog post in our FLR Snapshot series. The fourth
biggest island in the world and the house of lemurs. FLR is a hot topic in the
Boeny Region, which is dominated by vast flat areas below 400 m in altitude,
with volcanic rocks cutting across the long plains along the coast and a dense
network of rivers flowing through the landscape. Among the important networks
and governance structures in the region, is the FLR committee for the Boeny
region, established to connect the many FLR actors and develop a common base
for knowledge sharing and capacity development.
sub-taiga forest, Tujyin nars National park, is the second blog post of the FLR
Snapshot Series. The second largest landlocked country in the world, land of
Mongols, with breathtaking landscapes. Tujyin Nars
Reforestation Initiative was created to restore pine forest that had been deforested and
degraded due to improper forest harvesting and frequent fires. It has become one
of the best examples of successful forest landscape restoration of deforested
and degraded forests in northern Mongolia.