|South America’s Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, is under threat. Surging demand for commodities from soy to beef is placing tremendous pressures on this singular and vast ecosystem. Those pressures are part of a larger set of interconnected challenges including biodiversity loss and land degradation that are putting humanity at risk. In the Amazon, this destruction has been most evident in recent years in the form of fires and forest loss.
CIFOR-ICRAF will be presenting a number of solutions at GLF Amazonia (21-23 Sept) from a regional integrated landscape approach to the role that smallholder farmers play in helping to work towards zero deforestation. A common thread that connects all of these innovations is trees. CIFOR-ICRAF scientists will discuss how nature-positive approaches can generate value and improve livelihoods, while also restoring ecosystem functions and enhancing biodiversity on degraded lands.
The role of trees, farms, forests and landscapes presented at GLF Amazon by CIFOR-ICRAF will be followed in the coming weeks by a special series in the leadup to UN climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow, U.K. Nature-positive approaches to climate have the added benefits of providing livelihoods, healthy diets, protecting biodiversity among many others. Learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF’s transformative science and solutions at cifor-icraf.org.