Wednesday, 30 September 2015

News Update: An elephant in the room, Brazil nuts, zero deforestation, dry forests and more …


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They don't have to be mutually exclusive, say the corporations, governments and NGOs that signed the New York Declaration on Forests one year ago. But it's a wicked problem with lots of challenges. One scientist breaks them down

  • NOW WHAT? On the anniversary of the New York Declaration, it's time to get down to business
  • INDONESIA: What needs to happen to curb deforestation.


An elephant in the room

CIFOR'S Director General highlights discrepancies in global forest assessments and calls for greater transparency, collaboration, national commitments and greater investments in national institutions to improve international reporting on forest cover. 

  • DIGGING DEEPER: In a second column, the DG focuses on country-level data – and potential solutions 

Brazil nut and timber trees grow side-by-side in the Peruvian Amazon. But can smallholders get the best of both without harming the lucrative Brazil nut industry? CIFOR researchers aimed to find the delicate balance.

  • NOT ONE, NOT THREE … This interview reveals what might be the magic number for timber and Brazil nuts
  • GOOD NEIGHBORS: This video explores the relationship between these two trees

France's environment minister Ségolène Royal and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner have confirmed they will speak at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on 5–6 December.
More than 250 speakers will take part in the event, including:

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, one of the 100 most powerful women in the world (Forbes)
  • Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone
  • Abdon Nababan, Secretary General of AMAN, Indonesia's biggest indigenous people alliance
  • Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator


These ecosystems account for almost half of the world's tropical and subtropical forests. But they're being cleared rapidly. The alarm was raised about dry forests 4 years ago – one scientist asks what's being done.


Insights from Durban

With more than 30 presentations at this year's WFC, CIFOR scientists highlighted the contribution of forests to the global development agenda. Here's what some of them had to say. 

  • WALK THE TALK: CIFOR'S DG calls for more action on the ground at the World Forestry Congress
  • GENDER: CIFOR scientists ask why the word gets so misused
  • OXYMORON: What does the 'landscape approach' mean to forestry? A CIFOR scientist weighs in

Once again, the topic is spreading across Southeast Asia as agricultural fires take hold in Indonesia. But current actions focus on firefighting, and long-term solutions need to look at the political economy of fires, one scientist argues.

Think Forests Video Competition

The winners are in!


Global Landscapes Forum

Registration Now Open


Jobs at CIFOR

Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow – Globalized trade and investments

Consultant Editor, Forests News

General Call for Applications – Consultant Roster



REDD at the crossroads? The opportunities and challenges of REDD for conservation and human welfare in South West Uganda

Gender in Agroforestry: Special Issue

Lessons from voluntary partnership agreements for REDD+ benefit sharing

Village forests (hutan desa): empowerment, business or burden?

Fuelwood collection and its impacts on a protected tropical mountain forest in Uganda

Land tenure, asset heterogeneity and deforestation in Southern Burkina Faso


Upcoming events

Small-Scale and Community Forestry and the Changing Nature of Forest Landscapes
11 - 15 Oct 2015
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Hotel, Queensland, Australia

International Conference of Indonesia Forestry Researchers III – 2015 (3rd INAFOR 2015)
21 - 22 Oct 2015
IPB International Convention Centre, Bogor, Indonesia

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

CIFOR advances human well-being, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to help shape policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America. | CIFOR blog

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

[] Transforming the Water Crisis - FRE*E* Webcast!


Dear Friends,

From fires, floods, droughts and more.... 2015 has been full of reminders about how climate change and mismanagement of natural resources is affecting millions of people around the planet on both a local and global scale, while intensifying the urgency of implementing regenerative, scale-able solutions from backyards to bio-regions.

In the Spirit of solutions... Join us for this FREE PRE-CONVERGENCE WEBCAST: Transforming the Water Crisis, featuring two renowned water and sustainable community development leaders: Gemma Bulos - Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative, and Warren Brush - International Permaculture Designer, Teacher, Storyteller, and Cultural Engineer.

In this webscast we'll explore game-changing solutions of how we can transform our Water Management practices to promote clean water and regenerate landscapes for communities around the world. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER.

To dive in more... Come join 100's of other solutionaries for the 2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence - The 10th NorCal Permaculture Convergence, happening October 8-11 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA.

This year's epic 2015 Convergence features over 50 workshops, 6 stages, 8 tracks, over 100 presenters, live music, delicious food, green vendors... and much more! Learn valuable opportunities and tools to make the shift towards building a thriving, just, and regenerative world.


We are offering both Single Day and Full Weekend (4-day) tickets.

Towards Resiliency,

-The Living Mandala Team


Transforming the Water Crisis

With Warren Brush & Gemma Bulos

Tuesday, September 29

5:00 pm PST, 8:00pm EST, (-7UTC)

* If you can't make the webcast live, no worries.
Replay of the Recording will be available until Oct 8th.



* While over 70% of our Earth's surface is covered by water...  only 2.5% is freshwater, and only ~1% of which is accessible for direct human uses.

   * 1.5 billion people lack safe drinking water, resulting in the death of 10,000 children a day.

   * 50% of the people in Africa suffer from water related diseases like cholera and infant diarrhea
* 1 in 3 Asians have no access to safe drinking water. 1 in 2 have no access to sanitation.
* The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimate that 70% of the fish/riparian habitat
Nationwide has been lost.

    * 80% of China's rivers no longer support fish.

   *  80% of Water in California is dedicated to unsustainable agriculture practices

    * U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer.

* By 2025 it is predicted that two-thirds of the world's population
will be living in conditions of serious water shortage.
One-third will be living in conditions of absolute water scarcity.

The Good News is that the Solutions are out there!

* Join us for a dynamic conversation featuring two world renowned water and sustainable community development leaders:

* Gemma Bulos - Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative

* Warren Brush - International Permaculture Designer, Teacher, Storyteller, and Cultural Engineer

* Learn practical solutions of how we can Transform our Water Management Practices from Bioregions to Backyards to promote clean water and regenerate landscapes for communities around the world.


Gemma Bulos - Director of the Global Women's Water Initiative

Gemma Bulos is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur and director of the Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI). GWWI is building a cadre of women trainers in East Africa versed in a holistic set of water, sanitation, and hygiene strategies capable of building various appropriate technologies and launching social enterprises.

Before GWWI, Gemma was founding director of A Single Drop for Safe Water, Philippines (ASDSW). ASDSW developed training programs to support under-served communities to be able to identify, design, and manage their own water and sanitation solutions as a social enterprise. ASDSW's innovative model garnered Gemma national and international social entrepreneur awards including: Echoing Green, Ernst and Young, and Schwab Foundation. Her programs also won the Tech Museum Equality Award and Warriors of the U.N. Millennium Goals.

Additionally, Gemma has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Thought Leaders and Innovative Filipinas in the U.S. by Filipina Women's Network; and one of the top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazer by Reuters/Alertnet.

Warren Brush - Applied Ecologist, Permaculture Designer, Storyteller, and Cultural Engineer

Warren Brush is a veteran Permaculture designer, teacher, as well as a mentor, storyteller a devoted "farmer of culture" who works to inspire people worldwide to discover, nurture, and express their inherent gifts to create a regenerative future. He has worked for over 25 years in inspiring people of all ages to discover, nurture and express their inherent gifts while living in a sustainable manner. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Trees for Children and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design.

He works extensively in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. He has devoted many years to mentoring youth and adults to inspire and equip them to live in a sustainable manner with integrity and a hopeful outlook. His mentoring includes working with those who are former child soldiers, orphans, indigenous peoples, youth from troubled families and situations as well as those youth from other varied and privileged backgrounds.

He teaches courses including: Permaculture Design Certification, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Ferro- Cement Tank Building, Compost Toilet Systems, Greywater Solutions, Water for Every Farm, Drought Proofing, Cultural Mentoring, Introduction to Permaculture Systems, Corporation Sole Formation, Food Forestry, and origins skills among other offerings.



Transforming the Water Crisis

With Warren Brush & Gemma Bulos



We are offering both Single Day and Full Weekend (4-day) tickets.

Join in working together in making a more resilient future possible!


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