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Eskil Mattsson will speak at the symposium organized by the UN-REDD programme and the Government of Sri Lanka

Focali member Eskil Mattsson who has rich research experience from Sri Lanka is invited to hold a key-note speech  at the “International Research Symposium on Valuation of Forest Ecosystems and their Services” to be held on the 18th of October in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The symposium is organized by the UN-REDD programme and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of the Government of Sri Lanka and held as an integral part of an International Conference on Climate Change linked to a government campaign that focuses on Sri Lanka’s climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Mattsson will speak about “Assessment of carbon and non-carbon benefits of tropical homegardens in relation to natural forests for REDD-related activities in Sri Lanka”. The key-note speech will showcase how ecosystem services provided by homegardens, a traditional to Sri-Lanka agroforestry system, act as an analogue to natural forests. It will also address results of a systematic review of food security aspects in homegardens that was conducted through the new AgriFoSe2030 program within– Multifunctional landscapes for increased food security theme.

Eskil Mattson published two related academic research articles on the topic:“Homegardens as a Multi-functional Land-Use Strategy in Sri Lanka with Focus on Carbon Sequestration” and “Quantification of carbon stock and tree diversity of homegardens in a dry zone area of Moneragala district, Sri Lanka”

Besides his academic research interest in homegardens in Sri Lanka, Eskil Mattsson has also been active in research-policy dialogues and published a number of policy briefs about agroforestry. This list also includes publications produced under  Focali-SIANI thematic collaboration. You can have a look at some of his works listed below:

Trees in Home Gardens: Making the Most of an Age-Old Practice to Improve Food Security and Nutrition

Sri Lankan homegardens: Lush beauty, food security and carbon capture in compact packages (This blog by Eskil Mattsson was prepared for the World Congress of Agroforestry blog competition.)

Can Agroforestry Address Food Security Concerns in a Changing Climate? (This brief is based on a workshop held within the Focali-SIANI theme in November 2014.)

Sharing the Land: Restoring Degraded Ecosystems and Improving Livelihoods through Agroforestry 

Read more about Eskil Mattsson here.