Paper on Mega-trends affecting social and environmental dynamics in forest landscapes is out now in Nature Plants


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The paper describes five mega-trends affecting forests and forest communities. These trends are poorly understood, but likely to have major consequences for forests and forest livelihoods over the coming decade. The five trends are: 1) Forest mega-disturbances, 2) Changing rural demographics, 3) The rise of the middle-class in low-and middle-income countries, 4) Increased availability, access and use of digital technologies, and 5) Large-scale infrastructure development.

The GFEP report on forests and poverty is published

I am happy to have contributed to this global assessment led by Daniel Miller. Some of the key messages from the report:

1) Forests and trees support human wellbeing and contribute to global efforts to end poverty,

2) Benefits from forests and trees to human wellbeing are unevenly distributed, 

3) Inadequate land use policies and programmes may lead to excessive costs being borne by the poor

Presentation at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Gina Kennedy, Sarah Gergel, and Laura presented the results from a multi-country assessment across sub-Saharan Africa that aimed to understand how forests are associated with multiple indicators of dietary quality, including dietary diversity and the consumption of fruits. The study was developed as part of the project ‘Food & Landscape Diversity’ led by S. Gergel and T. Sunderland, funded with support from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The research was published as an article in Global Food Security in October 2019

IUFRO Expert Panel on Forests and Poverty

Laura is at the second IUFRO Expert Panel meeting in Nairobi on Forests and Poverty.  The task of the panel is to carry out a comprehensive global assessment of available scientific information about the interactions between forests and poverty  – and to prepare a report to inform the discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related SDGs.

Our Nature Sustainability paper on outcomes of agricultural intensification featured on CBC

Our findings on the socio-ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification in low and middle-income countries were featured in a story on rice intensification by The National (CBC). The findings were published in Nature Sustainability

We also contributed with a ‘Behind the paper’ post to Nature Sustainability