Soil-tree-crop interactions in parkland systems: A review

Tree-Crop-Interaction

The ‘parklands’ that form the most widespread farming systems in the Sahelian zone of West Africa are farming systems in which annual crops are grown under scattered trees preserved from the natural vegetation by farmers clearing the woodlands to make crop fields. Being mixed agricultural systems, the interactions between trees and crops have always been a key element determining the management options applied by farmers. A combination of field trials, observational studies and modeling has been deployed to understand soil–tree–crop interactions, including sharing of growth resources by the system components. Despite scientific advances, there are still some methodological challenges in determining the tradeoffs and synergies between and among goods and services, and how to boost the provisioning, supporting and regulating functions of such agroforestry systems. Providing such ecosystem service functions is critical in the quest for ensuring food security while achieving adaptation and mitigation goals in vulnerable environments like the drylands.

IPBES Call for Young Fellows for Regional and Land Degradation/Restoration Assessments

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES calls for nominations of fellows for the young fellows pilot programme. Fellows may participate in the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services or the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration. Interested fellows are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 May 2015.

IPBES Call for nomination of experts

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in a letter dated 5 February 2015 has called for nominations for experts for: the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b); the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); the scoping for a global assessment of […]

Forests as Food Producing Habitats

Forest as food producing habitats/Photo: Living Farms

Read this exploratory study carried out by Living Farms to uncover the issues around collection and consumption of uncultivated foods and the extent of dependence of Adivasi / Indigenous communities on such food, for their food and nutrition security. A negelcted potential held by forests that can support livelihoods of the indian Adivasi indigenous communities, and beyond.

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is upcoming!

Photo credit: World Park Congress 2014

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will take place from 12 to 19 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Congress, a landmark global forum on protected areas will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.

Equator Prize 2014 Call for Nomination​s

Equator prize 2014 - logo

The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.