Harnessing the potential of trees on farms for meeting national and global biodiversity targets
As of: August 2019
Objective and activities
Agriculture, including rangelands, covers > 30% of land, with trees being an integrated part of most small holdings. Using multi-stakeholder, risk-informed, evidence-based decision-making approaches, the project increases knowledge for gov. and others of the importance of Trees on Farms (TonF) for biodiversity and human wellbeing. Through the Sentinel Landscapes network, the project will provide tools/training to assess country-specific biodiversity functions of TonF. Integrating indigenous and local knowledge will provide farmers and governments with information on tree-based interventions that contribute to biodiversity and provide co-benefits such as mitigation/adaptation, sustainability, improved livelihoods. The project will support integration of sustainable management and agricultural biodiversity into policy by facilitating the implementation of policy instruments and financial mechanisms following the BIOFIN workbook, and engaging financial actors via innovation platforms.
State of implementation/results
- Scoping visits were realized in all 5 countries and priority land-use systems and communities were identified.
- A Network of 30 experts from the 5 countries was created during a high-level event in Honduras. A Trees on Farms Biodiversity Tool has been developed for a field test in Uganda.
- Various meetings were organized by the project:
- Biodiversity Experts Workshop, Tegucigalpa, 11/2018 (www.catie.ac.cr/…, blog.worldagroforestry.org/…)
- Socialization of IKI Trees on Farms during a workshop to present results of the Sentinel Landscape project in Catacamas and La Ceiba, 11/2018
- Participation on CDB COP14, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 11/2018 (www.worldagroforestry.org/…, blog.worldagroforestry.org/…)
- Workshop for exchange of experience in monitoring biodiversity indicators with local actors in Honduras, 11/2018
- World Agroforestry Congress, 05/2019, Montpellier
- Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019: Forests for Peace and Well-being, 06/ 2019, Incheon, Republic of Korea
- IKI joint knowledge and learning event: finance that works for biodiversity, 06/ 2019, Bonn
- 56th Annual Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Madagascar, 07-08/ 2019
- Several articles about project activities can be found here: blog.worldagroforestry.org
- Several media articles about the project: