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Director of science at Kew: it’s time to decolonise botanical collections

Director of science at Kew: it’s time to decolonise botanical collections

Jul 01, 2020

Having spent two decades studying biodiversity, Focali member Alexandre Antonelli is now the Director of Science at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. There, he is responsible for the world's largest collections of plants and fungi and means that there are important lessons to learn from botanical colonial past to truly understand the power dynamics of the present, and pave the way for a better future.

REFOREST – a new forest science program opens for PhDs

REFOREST – a new forest science program opens for PhDs

Jun 16, 2020

Regional Research School in Forest Sciences (REFOREST) is an innovative, interdisciplinary and unique regional PhD degree programme for training of future generation forest scientists in Africa. The Sida funded programme is hosted at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and is conducted in partnership with universities in Eastern and Southern Africa and in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), where Focali member Gert Nyberg is the Co-Coordinator.

Colombia’s environment in the post-conflict transition: New set-backs by the global pandemic

Colombia’s environment in the post-conflict transition: New set-backs by the global pandemic

Jun 11, 2020

The 2016 peace agreement between Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrilla did not bring the glimpse of hope it aspired to. Focali members Torsten Krause and Fariborz Zelli together with researchers Sandra Valencia, Ana Maria Vargas Falla and Britta Sjöstedt outline how the void after FARC has been filled by a diverse range of armed groups creating a dangerous cocktail of violence and intimidation. They also highlight the implications of the current pandemic on the peace process, and sheds light on a new victim - The environment.

Opportunity: Two PhD positions at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Opportunity: Two PhD positions at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Jun 09, 2020

Chalmers University of Technology offer two PhD positions within the land-use science group at Physical Resource Theory at the Department for Earth, Space and Environment. Focali members Martin Persson, Göran Berndes and Christel Cederberg will be supervisors.

Video: Tropical montane forests in a warming world

Video: Tropical montane forests in a warming world

May 22, 2020

“Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, depends on its forests and trees that protect soil fertility, preserve biodiversity, help to cope with climate change and provide fuel for cooking. But the forests used to be much vaster.” Eric Mirindi Dusenge, Focali member and researcher at University of Gothenburg, is part of a project to find out how native tree species can contribute to tackling ongoing challenges in a warming world.

Impacts of the coronavirus on indigenous groups in the Amazon

Impacts of the coronavirus on indigenous groups in the Amazon

May 15, 2020

Torsten Krause has been researching hunting, forest fauna and wild meat consumption, mainly in the Amazon, for the past three years. He is currently in lock-down in Colombia, where his fieldwork was cut short due to the outburst of Covid-19. In this interview, published the 14th of April, he reflects on the link between humanity's destructive interaction with the environment, and the emergence of new and potentially very dangerous diseases.

Provide your feedback on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration strategy

Provide your feedback on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration strategy

Mar 16, 2020

Welcome to the open consultation process for the Strategy of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. The United Nations invite you to review the Strategy for the Decade and its Communication Strategy and provide feedback on the overall document or specific sections via their website. Deadline for feedback submission is April 30, 2020.

What are the barriers and motivations for Agroforestry implementation?

What are the barriers and motivations for Agroforestry implementation?

Mar 11, 2020

Agroforestry practices have been increasingly promoted as land-use systems that support nature conservation and works as a tool for reducing poverty, improving food self-sufficiency, and increasing productivity and income for small-scale farmers. Even so, many farmers are still reluctant to implement the practices. New research outlines the motivations and limitations to implement agroforestry practices.

Vibrant discussions when members and partners celebrated the Focali 10-year anniversary

Vibrant discussions when members and partners celebrated the Focali 10-year anniversary

Dec 04, 2019

The 5th of November the Focali network, hosted by GMV, celebrated it´s 10-year anniversary at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. Members and partners from a broad range of disciplines and institutions in Sweden and internationally participated in vibrant discussions on the thematic areas of Focali - forest, landscapes, climate and livelihood issues – as well as what role science and networks such as Focali can play in these times of populism and climate crisis.

Do multifunctional landscapes really benefit women?

Do multifunctional landscapes really benefit women?

Sep 12, 2019

Diversified land use is often promoted as solution to the pressures of increasing global demand for land and food. Moreover, proponents of multifunctional land use often claim the approach is highly beneficial for women. But are these benefits real? And if yes, what do these benefits entail?

Why indigenous hunting is essential to forest sustainability

Why indigenous hunting is essential to forest sustainability

Sep 11, 2019

Hunting has a bad reputation and is rarely considered in forest governance and conservation strategies. But what if, instead, we tried to learn from it?

Apply for SIANI expert groups! Deadline August 16

Apply for SIANI expert groups! Deadline August 16

Aug 06, 2019

Have you got an idea about how to make our food systems more sustainable and strengthen our food security? Do you have in mind people who would make a good team for realizing your idea? Yes?!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Focali-researcher receives Chalmers Foundation Award for outstanding research on food

Focali-researcher receives Chalmers Foundation Award for outstanding research on food

Apr 30, 2019

Focali-member Christel Cederberg is one of six researchers who has been awarded the Chalmers Foundation prize for research on societally important issues. The prize is awarded annually to highlight outstanding examples of Chalmers work and values, and 2019 the focus is on food – a vital component of global sustainability and one of our greatest challenges.

Reap what you sow: Turning agriculture into an opportunity for the youth in the Sahel

Reap what you sow: Turning agriculture into an opportunity for the youth in the Sahel

Apr 17, 2019

Rapid urbanization, swelling population and climate change will increase pressure on the agricultural sector, demanding innovation and work force to safeguard food production. Given that most of the population in Africa is under 25, ensuring attractive employment within the agricultural sector will be vital for food security. But is farming an attractive career choice for the youth of today? A new research project by Focali-member Hanna Sinare seeks to find this out.

Spotlight on women in science – Aida Bargues Tobella what are you up to?

Spotlight on women in science – Aida Bargues Tobella what are you up to?

Mar 07, 2019

Today on the International Women´s Day we put spotlight on an outstanding Focali member - Aida Bargues Tobella researcher at SLU and ICRAF in Kenya where she lives with her family. She is literally digging for answers on what roots and termites in the Kenyan soil has to do with availability of groundwater for people in African drylands. We had to find out more and asked her two questions:

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