BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREES


Brazil. Photo: Kate Evans/CIFOR

BARKING UP THE


RIGHT TREES

In Brazil, large areas of Brazil nut trees, some of the tallest and longest- living trees on earth, were being cleared for farming and mining, putting livelihoods and forests at risk.

By generating biophysical evidence and setting empirically-based timber harvesting limits, the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry optimized timber and non-timber forest product uses in Western Amazonian forests. The work contributed to reducing the risk of 100,000 hectares (ha) of ‘conflict land’ being cleared for agriculture, and avoiding about 30 million tons of emissions. In Peru, 1 million ha of Brazil nut-rich forests were managed on a concession system granted to local harvesters, where logging was forbidden, but rampant. The findings generated a forest policy change in 2016.

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