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Finding the right tree for the right place
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Exploring the potential for targeting agricultural expansion, with the objective to reconcile agriculture, carbon and biodiversity in a savannah transformation frontier. One of the baseline maps that was used as input was our potential natural vegetation map (http://vegetationmap4africa.org)

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Abstract: Rethinking the logic of institutional environments aiming to facilitate agroforestry smallholders in economic development, this paper compares smallholder input supply systems for crop and tree seeds in Sub-Saharan Africa and reflects on two basic challenges: (i) how to develop a large number of relevant tree crops for different agroecologies; (ii) how to reach smallholders in rural areas. Policy options for improving agroforestry input supply systems are discussed, whereby our article concludes with suggestions how sectoral approaches for crop seed systems can be modified to agroforestry seed-seedling systems. Biophysical differences have practical implications for how the logic of the ‘African green revolution’ would be translated into a corresponding revolution for agroforestry.
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A tool to support the selection of tree species and seed sources in Colombia. Developed by the project "Restauración Arbórea del Bosque Seco Tropical en Colombia", led by Bioversity International and in partnership with Ecopetrol, Empresas Públicos de Medellín, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, The Government of Antioquia, Forestpa SAS and the Alexander Von Humboldt Institute.
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The website presents work done for the ' flora of woody plants and vegetation on the Horn of Africa' project, led by Ib Friis. An important aim of the work presented on this website was to test various theories formed during the work with the Atlas of the potential vegetation of Ethiopia, published in 2010, and gather new information to our publications on the trees of the Horn of Africa.

The project has resulted in new insights and information about the vegetation and species in Ethiopia, including the discovery of new woody plant species. This will allow us to further improve our potential natural vegetation map for eastern Africa.
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News and views from Nordic Forest Research SNS, with an item o forest maps on the web.
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On 17 November 2016 Paulo van Breugel has successfully defended his PhD thesis The potential natural vegetation of eastern Africa. Distribution, conservation and future changes. The PhD study built upon, and extended our earlier work on the potential natural vegetation (PNV) map of eastern Africa.

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Species and ecosystems are increasingly threatened by the human activities, while climate change projections show that eastern Africa may face considerable changes in temperature and rainfall regimes. These changes pose huge challenges for the prioritization and implementation of conservation and sustainable management of the natural environment. There is therefore an urgent need for information that allow us to assess the current status of the region’s natural environment and to predict how this may change under future climates. This thesis aims to improve our knowledge on natural vegetation distribution in eastern African, examine how this may change under future climates, and how this can be used to identify conservation priorities in the region. Chapter 1 presents a brief overview of the concept of the potential natural vegetation (PNV), synthesizes the general findings and discusses future perspectives. Chapter 2 presents a biogeographic study of a hitherto poorly studied vegetation type in Ethiopia which is characterized by many near-endemic or endemic species. Chapter 3 focuses on the distribution of fire and different potential vegetation types in Ethiopia under current climatic conditions and how this is likely to change under different climate change scenarios. Chapter 4 presents an environmental gap analysis to prioritize conservation efforts in eastern Africa, based on an evaluation of the environmental representativeness of protected areas and an assessment of the level of threat to the regions different vegetation types. Chapter 5 present a new approach to quickly map the distribution of species by combining species distributions from the PNV maps with that of habitat distribution models, and use this to project to what extent and where projected climate changes are likely to affect the potential distribution ranges of a range of woody species in eastern Africa.
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Good news, Kenya has committed to restore 5.1 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands, following other countries in the region such as Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Malawi.
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