Thank you to those who joined yesterday’s Tree Planting Q&A Session with World Agroforestry researchers Lalisa Duguma and Susan Chomba. If you were unable to join, we have the session recording here for you, also available in our Media Center.

 

What were some of your main takeaways and lessons learned from the session? We compiled some answers to this question, but want to hear feedback and questions from our Community of Practice!

 

  1. Financing, government, and technology are all important, but only if they are local. Without trust, benefit-sharing, taking into account local contexts, and secure rights, tree planting can fail.

  2. There is a need to shift the global narrative on what a productive landscape is. This can only be done by understanding the localities of each landscape and supporting the livelihoods of people there, returning the value of the landscape back to the communities that live there.

  3. Successful national policies around tree planting initiatives need to be supported by infrastructure and extension services.

  4. Agroforestry systems have the potential to achieve immediate and future economic and ecological goals.

  5. Growing trees is only one of the tools for a restoration activity. Tree planting needs to reflect the needs of the ecosystem and landscape.

  6. There are unemployed youth in these landscapes. There are better ways to support a sense of ownership and support the sustainability of restoration projects and than just applying a technological fix (e.g. drones or robots that can plant trees). It is not that technology cannot be useful in some cases; it should not be a panacea, and it should always be evaluated on a project by project basis.

  7. If you are a researcher, and you conduct your project in a landscape where a community lives, you take your data and you go away to finish your research. But you should give those data and results back to the community. The communities have the right to know what came out of the data you collected in their landscapes, you should always close the loop back to the community. This is responsible research. They own the land, they live in the land, and they should own the data.

 

Sincerely,

The Global Landscapes Forum team

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