On Our Plate: The Need for Forests in a Booming Ag Industry

Posted by on March 20th, 2017 | 0 Comments »

March 21 is International Forest Day!  This week’s On Our Plate has a focus on forests and agriculture.

Forests play key roles in the water cycle, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and habitat protection, including for pollinators.  Meeting the world’s demand for food is placing pressure on forests, as global agriculture remains the most significant driver of deforestation.  There is an urgent need to promote more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry.

International Day of Forests 2017 
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests (IDF) to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encourages to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving trees and forests.

Sustainable Landscape Management 
2016 GAP Report, Global Harvest Initiative: Meeting the world’s demand for food while reducing the climate impact of agriculture requires productive landscape management. In high-income countries, the overall expansion of land for agricultural production relative to forests has been reversed through productivity. But in low-income countries, there has been a net loss of forests relative to agricultural area.

Compacts for Green Growth in the Amazon
2016 GAP Report, Global Harvest Intiative: The Nature Conservancy and private sector companies are partnering with the Government of Brazil to encourage profitability and productivity and to conserve fragile forests in the Amazon.

From the Cerrado to Pakpak Bharat: Climate-Friendly Land Use in Action 
2016 GAP Report, Global Harvest Initiative: Conservation International and Monsanto are partnering in Brazil and Indonesia to protect sensitive grasslands and forested areas by improving yields on existing agricultural lands, thus avoiding land conservation for production.

Eyes in the sky and on the ground are helping forest conservation in Cameroon
The Conversation, March 16, 2016: World Resources Institute is working with partners in Cameroon to help monitor threatened forests and ecosystems using satellite imagery.

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