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Earlier this week, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a Working Forests 101 panel to present findings from two Forest2Market reports that were commissioned by the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO). The purpose of the panel was to educate Working Forest Caucus staffers on the operational practices, public-private interfaces, and benefits of working forests—or forests that are actively-managed to produce forest products. The Working Forest Caucus is a bipartisan collection of members of the US House of Representatives that came together to advocate for working forests.
The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) recently contracted Forest2Market to study trends in inventories and removals on privately-owned timberlands in forested areas of the contiguous United States to determine whether more wood is growing on US timberlands than is harvested.
By Terry Sunderland. Originally published by CIFOR’s Forests News. Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and survival of the fittest were initially derided and rejected, leading Darwin himself to delay the publication of his seminal text, On the Origin of Species. Yet today, his theories are commonly accepted as principles that explain the diversity of […]
The evidence is clear – the more we use our forests, the more we grow them, and the better off we are
Tree type can make a difference for people living near plantations in Indonesia.
A pecuária e a agricultura têm sido os impulsores principais do desmatamento e da degradação da terra no Brasil, utilizando práticas de uso da terra às custas do meio ambiente, causando escassez de água, perda da biodiversidade e persistência da pobreza.
Não há dúvida de que a restauração da terra e das florestas para reparar os ecossistemas é urgentemente necessária no Brasil. Isso é sobretudo evidente no estado de São Paulo, onde a escassez da água, causada por uma seca prolongada e bacias hidrográficas degradadas, está ameaçando a metrópole de mais de 20 milhões de habitantes. Infelizmente, devido a percepções de que a restauração da terra é proibitivamente cara, as intervenções têm sido lentas.
A Fazenda da Toca, empresa privada de São Paulo, está demonstrando a viabilidade da agricultura e agrossilvicultura de grande escala, inclusive em terras com solo altamente degradado. A Fazenda da Toca pode realmente pôr fim ao mito de que a agrossilvicultura em grande escala é inviável, demasiadamente cara e requer mão de obra intensiva para atrair o setor privado.
By Gregor Wolf, Program Leader, and Werner Kornexl, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist
Cattle ranching and agriculture have been key drivers of deforestation and land degradation in Brazil, with land use practices that come at the expense of the environment and cause water scarcity, biodiversity loss and persistent poverty.
There’s no doubt that land and forest restoration to repair ecosystems is urgently needed in Brazil. This is especially evident in the State of São Paulo, where water scarcity from a combination of an extended drought and degraded watersheds is threatening the urban metropolis of more than 20 million people. Unfortunately, because of perceptions that land restoration is prohibitively expensive, interventions have been slow.
Fazenda da Toca, a private enterprise in São Paulo, is demonstrating the viability of large scale organic farming and agroforestry, including on land with highly degraded soils. Toca could effectively end the myth that agroforestry is not viable at a large scale, that it’s too expensive and too labor intensive to be attractive to the private sector.