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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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Landscape Restoration – can it improve water security in Sweden and beyond?

Landscape Restoration – can it improve water security in Sweden and beyond?

Workshop
Sep 23, 2020 10:15 AM to Sep 23, 2020 02:30 PM.

Welcome to our joint webinar where we are highlighting the opportunities that landscape restoration provides for water, climate, livelihoods and biodiversity!

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.

Webinarium: Hur kan vi använda vårt landskap i kampen mot klimatförändringarna?

Webinarium: Hur kan vi använda vårt landskap i kampen mot klimatförändringarna?

Webinar
Apr 28, 2020 10:00 AM to Apr 28, 2020 11:00 AM.

SIWI Swedish Water House håller webinarium om landskapet och vatten som verktyg mot klimatförändringarna. Focali-medlemmar Malin Gustafsson och Anna Tengberg deltar med exempel från deras arbete med vatten och multifunktionella landskap.

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