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Forests, climate and livelihoods are interconnected

Forests, climate and livelihoods are interconnected

Forests can play a vital part for both climate- and poverty issues; in reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and as a source of income for poor people that depend on the forest for their livelihood.

Multifunctional landscapes

Multifunctional landscapes

Many Focali researchers focus on synergies and trade-offs between different land-uses in the landscape, such as interactions between forests and agriculture

REDD

REDD

REDD stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. It is aimed at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from forests.

Welcome to Focali

Focali (Forest, Climate, and Livelihood research network) is a Swedish research network focusing on forest / bio-energy, climate change and poverty issues. Several Swedish universities and institutions are represented in the network. The purpose is to contribute to the provision of relevant knowledge to Sida and other Swedish authorities for the effective use of forest operations to achieve climate-poverty targets. Focali also aims to increase the flow of relevant information between scientists, industry, government and civil society.

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Agroforestry needs to take another look at biodiversity, and not just the plants

Agroforestry needs to take another look at biodiversity, and not just the plants

Jul 01, 2019

This year’s gathering of scientists, practitioners and agroforesters in Montpellier happened against the backdrop of the striking outcomes of the IPBES assessment. The landmark report on the global state of biodiversity concluded that nature and its life support systems as well as its capacity to contribute to human well-being are degrading in every region of the world.

Climate Change and Land - A seminar about the new IPCC special report

Climate Change and Land - A seminar about the new IPCC special report

Seminar
Sep 02, 2019 01:00 PM to Sep 02, 2019 03:00 PM.

In August 2019 IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) will release its Special Report “Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”. In this seminar, co-arranged by KSLA, SMHI, Chalmers, Focali, IEA Bioenergy, and SIANI, we will learn directly from IPCC authors about the panel’s findings on how land-use, such as agriculture and forestry, and climate change interact.

Focali secretariat broadened to enhance collaboration on critical challenges

Focali secretariat broadened to enhance collaboration on critical challenges

Jun 25, 2019

The Focali secretariat consists of Focali members from different research environments and act as an advisory group to the Focali management, coordination and communication staff at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development - GMV. During the spring 2019 three new members were welcomed into the secretariat to broaden the team and strengthen links between the secretariat and network members, these were Harry Fischer, Aida Bargués Tobella and Johan Uddling.

Rent mjöl i soppåsen? Anta kampen mot matsvinnet Sverige

Rent mjöl i soppåsen? Anta kampen mot matsvinnet Sverige

Seminar
Jul 03, 2019 09:00 AM to Jul 03, 2019 09:50 AM.

Focali, SIANI och samarbetspartners vid Göteborgs centrum för hållbar utveckling arrangerar i år ett seminarium om matsvinn under Almedalsveckan i Visby. Varje dag går 815 miljoner hungriga samtidigt som en tredjedel av den mat som produceras världen över går förlorad som matsvinn. Ett enormt resursslöseri – men lösningar finns!

Do homegardens hold the keys to food security and sustainable land management?

Do homegardens hold the keys to food security and sustainable land management?

Jun 13, 2019

Growing trees and crops on the same land for many purposes, an agricultural technique called agroforestry, has gained a lot of traction. The method promises to restrain the effects of the climate change, nurture nature’s life support systems and shield the poorest and the most vulnerable people from food shortages.

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

May 14, 2019

The loss of animals, often due to unregulated or illegal hunting, has consequences for the carbon storage capacity of forests, yet this link is rarely mentioned in high-level climate policy discussions, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Not seeing the forest for the trees: The oversight of defaunation in REDD+ and global forest governance

Not seeing the forest for the trees: The oversight of defaunation in REDD+ and global forest governance

Throughout the tropics, forests are increasingly devoid of larger mammals - a condition referred to as empty forests. Large mammals and birds fill important roles for forest structure and composition and their depletion have implications for the forests carbon storage capacity. This new article by Focali-member Torsten Krause shows that effects of defaunation are ignored in REDD+, which compromises not only the forest ecosystem function, but also the objectives of the program.

World leaders and scientists commit to biodiversity: Focali members comment on the IPBES Global Assessment

World leaders and scientists commit to biodiversity: Focali members comment on the IPBES Global Assessment

May 09, 2019

The IPBES report on the state of our biodiversity paints a dark picture - species are going extinct at a rate tens to hundreds of times faster than the average over the last 10 million years. “The report’s message is clear. What we need now is massive, transformative and globally coordinated changes across all levels of society. We can’t just preserve, we must reverse the trend by increasing biodiversity locally, regionally and globally” says Director of Science at Kew Gardens, London and Focali-member, Prof. Alexandre Antonelli.

Agricultural Research for Development Conference, Agri4D 2019: Registration open!

There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone but close to 1 billion people are hungry or undernourished, according to the FAO. To feed another two billion people in 2050, food ...

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