Global climate initiatives need more trees: Agroforestry Network has published an opinion piece in the newspaper GP

Focali is one of the partners to the newly launched Agroforestry network. On November 19, the network published an opinion piece in Göteborgs-Posten where we argue that more funding for agroforestry in development cooperation can help to reach both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate deal from COP21 in

Present your research in a panel on gender, climate change and forests

Lisa Westholm, Focali member and PhD candidate in rural development at Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), will organize a panel at next year’s IUFRO forestry congress in Freiburg, Germany. The theme for the 2017 congress is “Interconnecting Forests, Science and People”.

What is key to building partnerships with forest communities?

Indigenous and local communities, particularly in forest areas, are increasingly affected by environmental degradation and deforestation, which is often the result of unsustainable land use and global demand for commodities and mineral resources.

Bottom-up but also top-down – why local institutions matter for REDD+

"To build a sustainable, climate-resilient future for all, we must invest in our world's forests. That will take political commitment at the highest levels, smart policies, effective law enforcement, innovative partnerships and funding." Ban Ki-Moon

What do we know about the effects of double objectives in climate aid?

A new EBA report based on a systematic review of impact evaluations about our understanding of the double objectives, climate benefits and poverty reduction, shows a ‘know-do gap’. Three Focali members, Gunnar Köhlin, Madelene Ostwald and Eskil Mattson, were part of the review that focused on forest conservation and household energy transitions.

Forests, water and sustainable growth of cities

Photo courtesy Mark Weston (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Restored and sustainably managed forests in cities watersheds can provide cost effective solutions to enhance the quality and quantity of  operation of traditional “grey” water infrastructure.

Assessing land-use impacts of biomass consumption in a globalized world

Photo courtesy David Gilbert/RAN (CC BY-NC 2.0)

About the seminar:

Global trade volumes of agricultural and forestry products are increasing rapidly, and with them the influence of consumers on land-use decisions in distant locations. To address negative environmental impacts of land use, a proper understanding of its consumption-side drivers is crucial.