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Role of agroforestry and trees outside forests in integrated land use


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This presentation was delivered by Terry Sunderland (CIFOR) at the World Forestry Congress in Durban.

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Role of agroforestry and trees outside forests in integrated land use

  1. 1. XIV WFC World Forestry Congress Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future ST3 Session Role of agroforestry and trees outside forests in integrated land use 9 September, 14:30-16:15
  2. 2. The contribution of forests and trees to food production in the tropics: a systematic review working paper James Reed, Samson Foli, Josh van Vianen, Jessica Clendenning, Gillian Petrokofsky, Christine Paddoch & Terry Sunderland Presented by: Terry Sunderland Principal Scientist, Centre for International Forestry Research, Indonesia
  3. 3. Rationale for this review • Ecosystem services (ES) are regarded as the structure and functions of terrestrial and marine ecosystems that result in both goods and services being produced that contribute to support human wellbeing. • The last three decades has seen an exponential rise in ecosystem service related publications. • This study will assess the literature base for both the positive aspects (ES) and negative functions (EDS) rendered to agriculture from forests, trees and agroforestry.
  4. 4. Preliminary results
  5. 5. Lessons learned • The temporal and spatial scales of the studies identified in this review point to clear gaps in the current understanding of the contribution of forest and trees to agriculture • The majority of studies were conducted in AFS < 4Ha. and over < 3 year study periods • The majority of studies showed an overall net positive effect of tree presence on one or more of the following parameters; yield, resource maintenance, biodiversity and income • Findings reveal that the provisioning of forest ecosystem services to food production do not act in isolation and a range of potential outcomes and trade-offs should be considered in management strategies