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Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Allanblackia Oil Enters Market in New Margarine

After over a decade of research and work on the ground, Allanblackia oil has made its first introduction into the consumer market, and its success can benefit local communities, help restore degraded landscapes and conserve local biodiversity. …  

29 Oct 2014 | Article

Merab Matchavariani, National Forestry Consultant for FLEG II program in Georgia, at right, discusses forest management in the Tusheti Protected Landscape with a ranger from the Sachagmo gorge in Tusheti (at left) and the director of Tusheti Protected Landscape Administration (center).

Home at Last: Tusheti Protected Landscape Officially Under Local Control

For the first time since before the Soviet era, local officials can manage and protect the forest based on local needs …  

14 Oct 2014 | Article

Consultant M.S.Lazareva holds a hand-made wicker basket given to her by this couple in Belarus after she surveyed them for the forest dependency study. The forest provides this community with heating, mushrooms, berries and other forest products and is also a source of raw materials for making wicker and other goods, mainly for personal use.

Assessing Forest Dependency in Eastern Europe

In a land with communities as diverse as its politics and landscapes, survey attempts to quantify human dependency on forests 

09 Oct 2014 | Article

Conservation International offers some guidance how to incorporate. women's perspective into conservation planning. Here a women shares her view in a workshop in East Timor.

How To Incorporate Gender into Conservation

We've talked about why gender should be considered in natural resource management and nature conservation. Now we learn how. …  

15 Sep 2014 | Blogs

Trees dot a semi-arid landscape in a Burkina Faso's flat parklands.

The Mighty Shea: How women and men sculpt landscapes - and why this matters for restoration

The humble shea tree can teach us much about how men and women relate to land differently - and why this matters for restoration. A Gender and Restoration case study, from Burkina Faso. …  

20 Aug 2014 | Blogs

Lahij, Azerbaijan

Are Azerbaijan’s Ancient Forest Communities Ready for Climate Change?

The ancient language, streets, arts, and even sewers of this mountain village in northern Azerbaijan have withstood the test of time, but how ready is the village to adapt to a changing climate?  

20 Aug 2014 | Article

Gender and Restoration

Introducing On Gender and Restoration: A case study series

Planning landscape restoration often means evaluating forest health, water flows, or the availability of choice seedlings. It should also mean talking to women. …  

21 Jul 2014 | Blogs

“We can now begin to say which forest reserves are healthy and which are in a degraded state and may require restoration.” This is an early draft of an on-going effort to map the health of Ghana's important forest reserves.

IUCN Maps Health of Ghana’s Forest Reserves

You cannot manage what you have not measured. A new effort to map the health of Ghana’s important forest reserves is now underway. …  

17 Jul 2014 | Article

A new economic framework released by IUCN and partners can aid decision-making for restoration.

IUCN Releases An Economic Framework for Analyzing Forest Landscape Restoration Decisions

We depend on land for everything essential: food, water, shelter. When land loses its function and productivity - how should we go about restoring it? Where do we start? How shall we pay for it? A new framework for decision-making helps answer these questions, using the simple but powerful lens of economic analysis.   …  

16 Jul 2014 | News story

The Chinese capital of Beijing is growing - and so is its demand for water. Forest landscape restoration can be part of the solution.

IUCN Project Examines Potential of Forest Restoration to Protect Beijing Water Supply

 With growing populations and expanding industries hard hit by climate change, China’s megacities are facing an unprecedented water crisis. IUCN and partners in China are examining how nature can be part of the solution. In at least one city, the municipality of Beijing, the restoration of forest landscapes has an important role to play. …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

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