News and Events

News and Events

A blog about science and policy developments on land use, livelihoods, and climate change in the tropical forest margins, featuring ASB research.

“At about 1 billion ha worldwide, agroforestry systems harbor carbon that can offset the equivalent of 20 years of emissions from deforestation,” says Dr Peter Minang, Science Leader, Governance theme at ICRAF.

Many countries acknowledge the role of agroforestry in meeting their national commitments to tackle climate change. Agroforestry can contribute towards emission reduction targets and achieving adaptation needs while ensuring delivery of other ecosystem services. Smallholder farmers, who are the primary implementers of the activities for achieving NDC targets, are quite familiar with many of the agroforestry practices that contribute to NDCs, landscape restoration, and other initiatives.

At UNFCCC COP 23, a decision was made to include agriculture in climate negotiations. Drawn from previous discussions, issues likely to make the list of negotiations range from soil health and carbon, adaptation, adaptation co-benefits (mitigation), to improved nutrition, food security, water, and livestock management. Agroforestry holds the biggest potential in facilitating agriculture as a key player in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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For a long time, a majority of African countries have not been proactively mitigating the negative impact of drought and flood events. As a result, relief initiatives are often too late to stem the loss of lives and other social and economic impacts. To address this challenge, and assessing tree-based data from 1665 through 2014, scientists developed the TANA chronology, a historic dataset named after Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile River running through Ethiopia. Read more

Are claims on zero deforestation valid or just that -Claims

By Elizabeth Kahurani

One would have thought that President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate change accord would dampen morale and weaken resolve to implement the global climate deal. On the contrary, this action has spurred a positive counter effect. While expressing disappointment at the decision, leaders across the globe have reiterated their commitment to the Paris agreement. Industries, large corporations and business groups have shown leadership and solidarity by announcing move to attain cleaner energy and measures to integrate sustainability with business.

George Wamukoya, UNFCCC Negotiator for the African Group

By Elizabeth Kahurani

  That was the message at a side event discussing climate finance with agroforestry case studies at the just concluded UN session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 46) in Bonn, Germany. The side event was organized by The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), OroVerde- Tropical Forest Foundation and Global Nature Fund.