International targets have been set for forest landscape restoration like the Bonn Challenge that aims to restore 150 hectares of lost forest and degraded land by 2020. But, how are these global targets going to be translated into tangible action on the ground?
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration has made a tremendous impact across swaths of West and East Africa where trees had been cleared for agriculture. Now through proper pruning and protection, these trees could grow back, and in turn support entire ecosystem and increase food production.
Achieving food security in the context of Africa is unimaginable without climate change adaptation and practices that support food production while enhancing the ecosystem services and biodiversity that underpin agricultural productivity.
How can development and poverty-alleviation focused investments be shaped to sustain landscapes and livelihoods to achieve the SDG’s? Find out at WLE and CIAT hosted session during the Global Landscapes Forum where researchers and investors are brought together to discuss.
In China, increased pressure from human and livestock populations has resulted in 90% of the pastoral land being classified as degraded to some degree, especially in the more arid regions where ecosystems are the most fragile.
To mitigate risks of ecosystem service degradation, we need to ensure that tradeoffs are managed through informed land use, especially in high potential agricultural areas, such as the Guinea Savanna zone in Africa.
Soils should be at the heart of "climate-smart agriculture". No-till agriculture is as good at capturing carbon as planting a rainforest -- and should be treated as a similar "carbon credit" in any future deal to set up a carbon trading system round the world, says Guadagni of the World Bank.
Why are soil scientists around the world, lobbying for a rapid increase in the use of chemical fertilizers in sub-Saharan Africa? Wouldn't that mean repeating the mistakes of the developed world? No, not really...
Worldwide, an estimated 34 million hectares of irrigated farmland are affected by high salinity, representing 11 percent of the total irrigated land. Licorice could be a low-cost land rehabilitation option in Central Asia.