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Whose Reality Counts? Critical Junctures in Livelihood Trajectories Under Deforestation

Whose Reality Counts? Critical Junctures in Livelihood Trajectories Under Deforestation

New article by Focali member Robin Biddulph and colleague Pelle Amberntsson published in Journal of Economic and Social Geography on livelihood trajectories and deforestation. This study examines livelihood trajectories over two decades in a village affected by deforestation in Northeast Cambodia. The objective was to use quantitative and qualitative methods to identify critical junctures structuring those trajectories. The junctures suggest an analytical framework for understanding deforestation-livelihoods dynamics in other contexts, which can disrupt narrative simplifications associated with community forestry.

Fruits from the forest and the fields: Forest conservation policies and intersecting social inequalities in Burkina Faso’s REDD+ program

Fruits from the forest and the fields: Forest conservation policies and intersecting social inequalities in Burkina Faso’s REDD+ program

New article by Focali member Lisa Westholm published in International Forestry Review analyzes REDD+ documents and data on resource use in two villages in Burkina Faso. The article examines how the participatory approach in Burkina's REDD+ program risks marginalizing certain groups, by failing to recognize how social relations of inequality shape resource use and access.

 Restoring dipterocarp rainforest diversity - tree regeneration, life-history traits and the light factor

Restoring dipterocarp rainforest diversity - tree regeneration, life-history traits and the light factor

Focalimember Malin Gustafsson defended her PhD thesis at Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in October. Access the thesis here.

Benefits from ecosystem services in Sahelian village landscapes

Benefits from ecosystem services in Sahelian village landscapes

Focalimember Hanna Sinare defend her academic dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources Management at Stockholm University 11 November. Access the thesis here.

New PLOS collection: Measuring forest conservation effectiveness

New PLOS collection: Measuring forest conservation effectiveness

Scholars and practitioners have repeatedly called for more and better impact evaluation of conservation policies. This new PLOS collection of articles "Measuring Forest Conservation Effectiveness" brings together a series of studies that evaluate the effectiveness of tropical forest conservation policies and programs, such as protected areas, forest law enforcement, payments for ecosystem services, certification, and community-based forest management.

Editorial: May we have some more land use change, please?

Editorial: May we have some more land use change, please?

Focali member Göran Berndes is co-author of this editorial for Biofpr - Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining.

EFI report: Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation

EFI report: Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation

Focali member Göran Berndes, Associate Professor Chalmers, is the lead author of a newly published European Forest Institute report that provides insights into the current scientific debate on forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation. It draws on the science literature to give a balanced and policy-relevant synthesis, from both an EU and global perspective.

Heterogeneity and assessment uncertainties in forest characteristics and biomass carbon stocks: Important considerations for climate mitigation policies

Heterogeneity and assessment uncertainties in forest characteristics and biomass carbon stocks: Important considerations for climate mitigation policies

New article written by Focali members Eskil Mattsson, Madelene Ostwald, Göran Wallin and their colleague S.P. Nissanka published in Land Use Policy.

Focali-SIANI policy brief on the key to successful partnerships with forest communities

Focali-SIANI policy brief on the key to successful partnerships with forest communities

Focali member Torsten Krause has written a policy brief within Focali’s thematic collaboration with SIANI. In the policy brief “Building partnerships with forest communities” Krause compiles strategies for establishing effective partnerships with local communities who use or own forest land.

Forests on drained agricultural peatland are potentially large sources of greenhouse gases – insights from a full rotation period simulation

Forests on drained agricultural peatland are potentially large sources of greenhouse gases – insights from a full rotation period simulation

New article co-authored by Focali member Åsa Kasimir published in Biogeosciences. Through a PhD project by Hongxing He funded by the Swedish Energy Agency performed at the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, they show that forest production on drained peat soil is a large source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

Bioenergy production and sustainable development: science base for policymaking remains limited

Bioenergy production and sustainable development: science base for policymaking remains limited

New article co-authored by Focali member Göran Berndes and the Focali Project Coordinator Maria Ölund published in GCB Bioenergy. The article is based on a systematic review with the aim to analyze the state of knowledge about how the production of bioenergy resources affects sustainable development.

Sustainable bioproducts in Brazil: disputes and agreements on a common ground agenda for agriculture and nature protection

Sustainable bioproducts in Brazil: disputes and agreements on a common ground agenda for agriculture and nature protection

New article co-authored by Focali member Göran Berndes published in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 18 March 2016. The work contributed to a three-year project within IEA Bioenergy on Mobilization of sustainable bioenergy supply chains.

Intermediate tree cover can maximize groundwater recharge in the seasonally dry tropics

Intermediate tree cover can maximize groundwater recharge in the seasonally dry tropics

This is the result from a recently published study in Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from CIFOR, ICRAF, CATIE and INERA, lead by Associate Professor Ulrik Ilstedt of SLU. Ulrik and three of the researchers behind this study are members of the Focali research network.

Life history traits predict the response to increased light among 33 tropical rainforest tree species

Life history traits predict the response to increased light among 33 tropical rainforest tree species

Article by Focali researcher Malin Gustafsson and her colleagues Gustafsson L, Alloysius D, Falck J, Yap S, Karlsson A, Ilstedt U. Also read Focali blog and watch Focali video about their rainforest restoration research on Borneo.

Trading forests: land-use change and carbon emissions embodied in production and exports of forest-risk commodities

Trading forests: land-use change and carbon emissions embodied in production and exports of forest-risk commodities

Article written by Focali members Sabine Henders and Martin Persson together with Thomas Kastner. Published in Environmental Research Letters. Also read the Focali brief and watch Focali video based on the same study.

Agricultural commodity consumption and trade responsible for over 40% of tropical deforestation

Agricultural commodity consumption and trade responsible for over 40% of tropical deforestation

This new Focali brief is written by Martin Persson, Sabine Henders and Thomas Kastner and is mainly based on their article: Trading forests: land-use change and carbon emissions embodied in production and exports of forest-risk commodities. Environmental Research Letters (in Press)

The politics of natural resource enclosure in South Africa and Ecuador

The politics of natural resource enclosure in South Africa and Ecuador

Torsten Krause with colleagues are published in Conservation and Society.

Assessing change in national forest monitoring capacities of 99 tropical countries

Assessing change in national forest monitoring capacities of 99 tropical countries

Article with an overview of national forest monitoring and reporting capacities and changes in 99 tropical countries has been published in Forest Ecology and Management. It is written by Erika Romijn, Celso B. Lantican, Martin Herold, Erik Lindquist, Robert Ochieng, Arief Wijaya, Daniel Murdiyarso, Louis Verchot.

Effects of Governance on Availability of Land for Agriculture and Conservation in Brazil

Effects of Governance on Availability of Land for Agriculture and Conservation in Brazil

Focali member Göran Berndes and his colleagues Gerd Sparovek, Alberto Giaroli de Oliveira Pereira Barretto and Marcelo Matsumoto published in Environmental Science & Technology.

Carbon and Cash in Climate Assemblages: The Making of a New Global Citizenship

Carbon and Cash in Climate Assemblages: The Making of a New Global Citizenship

Article by Seema Arora-Jonsson, Focali member Lisa Westholm, Beatus John Temu and Andrea Petitt to be published in Antipode later this year. Now available online.

Defining Solutions, Finding Problems: Deforestation, Gender, and REDD+ in Burkina Faso

Defining Solutions, Finding Problems: Deforestation, Gender, and REDD+ in Burkina Faso

Lisa Westholm and her colleague Seema Arora-Jonsson were published in Conservation and Society.

Remote sensing of vegetation in the Sudano-Sahelian zone: A literature review from 1975 to 2014

Remote sensing of vegetation in the Sudano-Sahelian zone: A literature review from 1975 to 2014

Martin Karlson and Madelene Ostwald were published in Journal of Arid Environments.

Mapping tree canopy cover and aboveground biomass in Sudano-Sahelian woodlands using Landsat 8 and Random Forest

Mapping tree canopy cover and aboveground biomass in Sudano-Sahelian woodlands using Landsat 8 and Random Forest

Martin Karlson, Madelene Ostwald and Eskil Mattsson with colleagues were published in Remote Sensing.

Modeling Potential Freshwater Ecotoxicity Impacts Due to Pesticide Use in Biofuel Feedstock Production

Modeling Potential Freshwater Ecotoxicity Impacts Due to Pesticide Use in Biofuel Feedstock Production

Göran Berndes with the colleagues Maria Nordborg and Christel Cederberg was published in Environmental Science and Technology.

Oil palm for biodiesel in Brazil - risks and opportunities

Oil palm for biodiesel in Brazil - risks and opportunities

Oskar Englund, Göran Berndes and Martin Persson with colleague was published in IOPscience's Environmental Research Letters.

Madelene Ostwald has written a chapter in new Future Forests publication

Madelene Ostwald has written a chapter in new Future Forests publication

The Focali researcher Madelene Ostwald has written the chapter “Climate-Related Forest Policies and Trends” in the book “The Future Use of Nordic Forests - A Global Perspective” from Future Forests published by Springer Verlag.

Focali brief: Can India´s wasteland be used for biomass plantations?

Focali brief: Can India´s wasteland be used for biomass plantations?

Focali brief 2015:02 by Madelene Ostwald, Göran Berndes and Martin Karlson with colleagues.

Working paper from Focali researcher

Working paper from Focali researcher

Anna Nordén with colleagues release new working paper based on a previous study of stakeholder's preferences on issues of biodiveristy and production in the context of the Swedish Forest Act.

Forests, Landscapes and Food Security - a collaboration with SIANI

Focali has, since 2014, collaborated with SIANI under the theme "Forests, Landscapes and Food Security". ...

Putting Agenda 2030 into practice - how the landscape perspective can contribute

This workshop, co-arranged by Focali-SIANI, will facilitate an interactive dialogue about effective ways to implement the Agenda 203 in both policy and practice by applying a landscape perspective. Th ...

SIANI Annual Meeting 2017

Invitation from Focali´s partner SIANI to participate in the inception and planning of Phase 3 in the SIANI Annual Meeting 2017: Towards Zero Hunger through Rural Transformation. ...

Focali part of cluster group on Water and Forests at SWH

Since December 2014 is Focali represented as one of five members in the cluster group "Water and Forests" hosted by the Swedish Water House (SWH). ...

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