CGIAR FTA Research Program Highlights 2015 Achievements in Annual Report
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm the importance of the integrated approach used by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), the six FTA partners state in their 2015 annual report.

The publication, ‘Landscapes Livelihoods Governance,' reflects on FTA achievements related to: livelihood systems; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and global governance, trade and investment, among other areas of work.

landscapesandlivelihoodsAugust 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm the importance of the integrated approach used by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), the six FTA partners state in their 2015 annual report. The publication, titled ‘Landscapes Livelihoods Governance,’ reflects on FTA achievements related to: livelihood systems; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and global governance, trade and investment, among other areas of work.

On livelihood systems, the report highlights how the increasing use of agroforestry by smallholder farmers has generated positive results for agriculture and landscapes. On the management and conservation of forest and tree resources, the report states that a strong global focus on land restoration has contributed to recognition of the importance of such work. The report further highlights the role of landscape management for biodiversity conservation, environmental services and livelihoods and showcases achievements, such as the use of recommendations on concession boundaries in forest management plans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On climate change adaptation and management, the report showcases the Indonesian National Carbon Accounting System (INCAS), which is the basis for the country’s measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) system for the land sector. It also highlights the Overseas Development Institute’s assessment of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study of REDD+. On global governance, trade and investment, the report shares progress on more active policies for fire and haze prevention in Indonesia and research that has informed multiple government policies, from Cameroon’s sustainable palm oil strategy to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) standard system for forests.

The report further highlights cross-cutting work on gender, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment and capacity building. On communication and outreach, the report states that over 600 publications reflected FTA research in 2015, while FTA institutions trained approximately 50,000 people. The annual report further highlights increased data sharing and partnerships, among other key achievements.

The six FTA partners include the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bioversity International, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The FTA Annual Report, which is designed as a brochure, includes illustrative stories from the Amazon, the Congo Basin and the Indonesian archipelago. [Publication Website] [Publication: Landscapes Livelihoods Governance: Annual Report 2015]

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