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Farming + Forests = Food security: Integrated landscapes offer hope of sustainability in Asian uplands

Farming + Forests = Food security: Integrated landscapes offer hope of sustainability in Asian uplands

This joint Focali/SIANI/SLU Global Policy Brief shows how natural resource management policies and institutions influence livelihoods and food security for communities in upland areas of Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal.

Scenarios for dryland development in West Pokot, Kenya

Scenarios for dryland development in West Pokot, Kenya

This joint Focali and Triple L report by Eric Röhss, Gert Nyberg and Per Knutsson, describes the process and results of a workshop arranged by the Triple-L research initiative, focusing on the development of future dryland scenarios in West Pokot County, Kenya.

Energizing agroforestry: Ilex guayusa as an additional commodity to diversify Amazonian agroforestry systems

Energizing agroforestry: Ilex guayusa as an additional commodity to diversify Amazonian agroforestry systems

Focali member Torsten Krause and colleague Barry Ness has just published a paper on agroforestry and the crop guayusa (Ilex guayusa) in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guayusa - a native tree of the western Amazon region with leaves used for brewing tea, is grown by indigenous farmers in traditional agroforestry systems.

“Georgetown ain’t got a tree. We got the trees” - Amerindian Power & Participation in Guyana’s LCDS

“Georgetown ain’t got a tree. We got the trees” - Amerindian Power & Participation in Guyana’s LCDS

New paper co-authored by Sam Airey and Focali member Torsten Krause, examines to which extent the indigenous population of Guyana is included within the Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). This single site case study concludes that significant adjustments are needed, e.g. more contextualised governance and decentralising power.

Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

New paper from Focali members Aida Bargués Tobella and Ulrik Ilstedt together with 20 other authors from different universities, organisations and institutes; e.g. ICRAF, CIFOR, CIRAD and FAO. In this review they study the tree-climate relationships. The authors suggest that the direct effects via rainfall and cooling may be more important than the well-studied effects through the global carbon balance.

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.

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