European Tropical Forest Research Network

Established in 1991, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) aims to ensure that European research contributes to conservation and sustainable use of forest and tree resources in tropical and subtropical countries.

Publications

The climate-smart village approach: putting communities at the heart of restoration

This article presents the application of the holistic and participatory “climate-smart village” approach in Senegal. Based on innovative local governance, this approach includes seven components: (1) climate forecasts and information; (2) resilient crop vari¬eties and good agricultural practices; (3) agro¬forestry with fruit and fodder species; (4) farmer managed natural regeneration; (5) inter-village silvopastoral areas; (6) planting of native fruit trees; and (7) small forestry and farm businesses.

This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments. 

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Post-project impacts of restoring degraded land in Tahoua, Niger

This article looks at the effects of two different approaches taken by projects in Niger for soil and water conservation. It compares the impacts during and after the project ended.

This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.

 

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History and impacts of dryland restoration in Yatenga, Burkina Faso

This article presents restoration techniques used over a 35 year period in the village of Ranawa in Yatenga, and their socio-economic, environmental and livelihood impacts.

 

This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.

 

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Restoring the gum arabic belt in Sudan with local communities

 A successful pilot project was carried out on gum arabic production in Kordofan, Sudan. Several factors are essential for scaling up the results to achieve larger landscape restoration goals, including climate change adaptation and mitigation. This article recommends how to make a better case for investment in dryland restoration with international financial institutions, including those interested in climate change, and how to encourage private-sector investment from large commodity buyers to partner with smallholder farmers to improve the chances of long-term sustainability.

This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.

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Large-scale regreening in Niger: lessons for policy and practice

By the mid-1980s, almost all the natural vegetation in densely populated areas in central Niger had disappeared, and this part of the country was characterized by near-continuous agriculture. Since that time, the need to intensify agriculture has motivated large numbers of smallholder farmers to increase the number of on-farm trees. This happened not through the planting of seedlings, but through the protection and management of woody species that resprouted naturally on smallholders’ farmland. In this way, farmers contributed to a significant regeneration of new agroforestry parkland.


This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.  

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Restoration of agricultural landscapes and dry forests in Senegal

This article describes important and sustained local initiatives that have protected the remaining forests in Senegal, assisted natural regeneration on agricultural fields, controlled bush fires, and promoted the sustainable harvesting of natural products. These efforts have helped to restore landscapes while improving farmers’ livelihoods and strengthening their resiliency. Scaling up of such practices requires an understanding of the key enabling factors and critical interventions.


This article was submitted for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of ETFRN News 60 - Restoring African drylands, due for release in December 2020, containing 25 articles plus interviews and boxes describing farmer-led, NGO, private sector, government and international initiatives. These highlight the roles of varied policies and stakeholder interests, and identify opportunities to encourage smallholder and community participation in scaling out successes and meeting national, regional and global commitments.  

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Latest news

Release of the first articles on restoring African drylands

11-09-20

Drylands occupy more than a third of all the world’s land, most now degraded or severely degraded. Drylands are also home to an equivalent proportion of humanity, and a disproportionate number of the world’s poorest people. But with the right support, they is also much potential to rapidly reduce poverty, increase ecological and economic resilience, and climate change mitigation through soil carbon sequestration.

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Latest ETFRN news: Zero deforestation: A commitment to change

08-06-17

Several hundred companies, governments, and civil society and non-governmental organizations have committed to zero deforestation initiatives. However, all may not have fully realized the enormousness and complexity of the challenge in committing to zero deforestation, and it appears that some did not know exactly what they stepped into. What is clear though, is that this endeavour is very much at the initial stage of development, and early work and experimentation is showing the way to putting in place what is needed.

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