ITF’s Trees Journal published

The latest edition of Trees journal, ITF’s annual magazine, is published online today.

The magazine is packed with the latest news on our projects in Africa and the UK – including preparations for the launch of our centenary campaign – to plant 20 million trees in Kenya’s forests.

Featured articles include an investigation into what is possibly the most destructive industrial process in the world, Alberta’s tar sands industry, and an analysis of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals.

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Nkhata Bay Project launched in Style

The Nkhata Bay Natural Way Project (NBNW) – one of the largest and most significant initiatives ever supported by ITF – was successfully launched at the weekend.

The official launch in Usisya, Malawi, was attended by 200 people including traditional leaders, representatives of faith and human rights groups, project staff and volunteers and the guest of honour, Senior Chief Mbwana.

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Mining damages Trees beyond Mine Boundaries

Open cast mines which disrupt underground water supplies can affect trees several kilometres away from active mine workings, according to a new Australian study. The study, by Western Sydney University, has implications for the government’s proposed “green lawfare” legislation, intended restrict people’s ability to challenge to mining developments. It also has a bearing on the…

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Andy Egan’s World Forestry Congress Blog

On Sunday I attended the last part of the pre World Forestry Congress (WFC) event on community based forestry organised under the banner of the Forest Farm Facility.  One might have expected with this being the first ever WFC held on the African continent that the room would have been full of community-based organisations (CBOs) from across Africa.

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Simple Changes dramatically boost Crop Yields

Simple changes to agricultural practices by community-based farmers can lead to dramatic increases in crop yields, Prof Roger Leakey, a leading crop physiologist and tree biologist explains in an informative new webinar.

He advocates a three–step approach to increase crop yields, improve food security and livelihoods using tried and tested techniques.

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African communities excluded from “elitist” World Forestry Congress

sahel_eco_photo-300x225-300x225Organisers of the world’s biggest conference on forestry have been criticised for failing to include community groups from African countries – seen as key to halting and reversing deforestation.

Over 2,000 delegates converge in Durban, South Africa, this week for the fourteenth World Forestry Congress, the first to be held on the African continent.

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Demand for mangos soars on the slopes of Rwenzori Mountain, Uganda

Alpha Women’s Empowerment Initiative are planting grafted mangos to provide sustainable food supplies and income generation, on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda.

The project team have set up a central tree nursery to grow the seedlings until they are hardy enough to be planted out. It also serves as a practical training base, and 20 participants from the community have learnt to grow and care for seedlings. They in turn will create smaller nurseries in their communities,

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