A few minutes’ drive from the COP 17 convention center, traders and healers are hard at work processing and selling bark, roots, tubers and animal parts endowed with medicinal and magic powers. The 50 or so stalls at the thriving outdoor market in Durban’s Victoria Street Market area, are a graphic reminder of the millions of people who depend on informal activities and “free” resources from dry forests and woodlands.
Colleagues from the World Bank Africa region worked with IUCN to document what is happening to a corner of the vast tropical forest in Cameroon, seen from the perspective of the Baka people. The 9-mn movie is embedded here.
A story by Michael McCarthy published in the Independent brings the relationship between poverty, population pressures, deforestation and land degradation into stark relief in Burkina Faso. The stakes of climate change in Africa's drylands will be one of the themes discussed at Forest Day 5 in Durban on December 4.
A World Bank-supported pilot project, launched in January 2011, has demonstrated that several agrosilvopastoral technology innovations and systems developed and/or tested in Central America can be adapted to the Tugi (Gutah) Hills in the North West Region of Cameroon, resulting in the rehabilitation of degraded pasture lands, improved livestock productivity, increased income of the rural communities and reduced risk and vulnerability to climate change. A new PROFOR activty aims to document and disseminate the lessons from that project.
Findings from a global assessment indicate that there is a total area of lost and degraded forest lands of more than 2 billion hectares worldwide that is suitable and available for restoration. This is good news at a time when growing demand for food and fuel inspire fear of land scarcity and motivate questionable "land grabs" around the world.
Organized by CIFOR in association with leading business groups, NGOs, development agencies and the Government of Indonesia, with co-funding from PROFOR and other funding partners, the event provided a platform for 1000 leaders of all stakeholder groups to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests.
Chile is one of the most developed countries in the southern hemisphere and relies heavily on its natural resource base for employment and exports. Yet, despite its natural assets and economic prowess, the country