Trees for Travel

                               

We’ve just launched an exciting new program; Trees for Travel!

This allows companies in the travel industry to offer their clients the option of adding a tree to their bill. This will help compensate for the carbon people will use on their trip. A great and simple way of making a journey a bit greener! We’ll plant the tree on people’s behalf, and send everyone their certificate with GPS co-ordinates, so that they’ll know exactly where their tree is growing. Anyone in the travel industry can join this program – from tour companies to hotels and airlines. In return for their support, we provide companies with some positive exposure. So far, African Impact, Ekima Africa, Cape Adventure Zone, and Acacia Africa have joined us.

Would you like to know more? Email Marleen on marleen@greenpop.org.

Trees For Tickets (to Rocking the Daisies 2012!)

    

Raise money for trees through Greenpop and get a FREE ticket to Rocking The Daisies 2012 – best green deal this side of Darling!

It’s that time of the year again, summer is on the horizon and we all know what that means: it’s time for Rocking The Daisies, SA’s favourite music and lifestyle festival from 4th-7th October 2012!

Can’t afford to go this year? Have we got the solution for you!

Join Greenpop’s ‘Trees for Tickets.’ Be part of Rocking the Daisy’s epic tree planting effort and get a free ticket for raising 20 trees. 


Here’s how!

1. Sign up as an activist through Greenpop’s sign up form fill it in here (http://goo.gl/Talmb). Do this in conjunction with point 2 as you will have to fill in your activist page URL.

2. Set up your personal activist page (follow Greenpop’s instructions step by step – they are on the 2nd page of this doc) and sell 10 trees on your individual online activist portal. GivenGain is a safe and reliable payment portal and trees must be raised through this to qualify for “Trees for Tickets”. Your project on the activist page must have RTD TREES FOR TICKETS in the title.

3. Do this now as first 20 people to reach 10 trees on their page gets a free ticket.


Prizes Prizes Prizes!

FIRST PRIZE- the first 20 people to reach 10 trees on their page will win a free ticket 4-day ticket to Rocking the Daisies!

 Second Prize- You raised 10 trees, just not as quick as others? You get a ticket to Rocking the Daisies 2012 at an Early-bird pice of R400 (a savings of R120!)

 Third Prize- Didin’t quite raise 10 trees? The trees will still be planted as part of RTD tree effort, and if you’ve raised more than 4 trees you will get a Rocking the Daisies hamper with items from participating sponsors (consolation prize limited to the first 20),

and a huge thank you from Greenpop and Rocking The Daisies!

 

Cut-off date: 2nd October 2012

 

For more info about Trees for Tickets click here!

Kape to Kenya – Making Mountains Metaphors

Have you ever met a person who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro? Or the Himalayas? Or Mt. Kenya? Here you can read about a Capetonian who has done all of the above AND is only 18 years old! 

             

Kai Fitchen started climbing to prove that he could. It is as simple as that.

Starting as a symbol for his mindset “everything is possible” and evolving into a way of showing that his epilepsy couldn’t hinder him from doing anything he wanted, over the past years his love for mountains has grown into a strive to put a very important message out there: This is OUR earth and it is freaking beautiful, so we better start rethinking our behavior or we’ll lose it all.

We had the huge pleasure to cooperate with Kai on his project KAPE 2 KENYA which he is going to explain below.

Kai visited a few of the schools that we planted at in July 2012 at our Trees For Zambia project while he was in Livingstone and prepared them with his own worksheets and activities on the environment – we were stoked to see the results during our project and are happy about being involved with such a unique and vibrant initiative like K2K!

                          

Greenpop: What is the basic idea of KAPE 2 KENYA?

Kai: On the 15th of April 2012, my climbing partner and I left for an adventure like no other. Heading off from Cape Town for Africa’s second highest and technically difficult peak, Mt. Kenya (5199m)! However, this was no ordinary expedition but it aimed to create environmental awareness and empower the youth of Africa. So, instead of flying the aim was to travel all +14,000kms by basic public transport and sustainable means, (i.e. taxi, bus, bicycle and foot power).

Why?!? Well, I believe that small simple things like taking the bus or cycling to school or work can make a significant difference in reducing our own carbon footprint and in turn making strides in helping the planet. En route to Mt. Kenya, we stopped at schools and we interacted with kids and teachers about the importance of living sustainably within one’s community. The intention was to use the climb and our adventure to inspire the youth to go outside and explore it, therefore being able to appreciate our beautiful natural environment. Plus, Traveling to schools, which had Vic Falls spurting steam into the air as the backdrop made it a lot easier. The use of fun interactive and creative activities was also used to target issues in their own community. 

 

GP: You say you’re making mountains metaphors. What does that mean for yourself and what does it mean in the bigger picture of your project?

Kai: MAKING MOUNTAINS METAPHORS basically means that when there is a big obstacle in your way and you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to get through it all, the best thing is to see it as climbing a mountain. Take a breath and one step at a time you’ll make it to the top.

 I’ve got my own person obstacles from dealing with my epilepsy to preparing for the next eco-expedition however, this relates to anyone no matter if it’s preparing for a big exam or just climbing Table Mountain. Just take one step at a time. KAPE 2 KENYA is filled with these principles, small things which in the long term make a huge difference.

 

GP: What expectations did you have and would you say you achieved your goals?

Kai: The 3 main goals of K2K involved traveling sustainably (i.e. Public transport), making the summit of mount Kenya and getting off in once piece; and then making sure the school programs and activities got the kids psyched and inspired about making a change. Basically, it all worked! Actually it worked better than I could have ever expected! From traveling each and every kilometer by crazy and crowded buses and taxi’s to legging it when necessary-that alone was a thrill and a half. The climb was then an intense and beautiful contrast to everything else. Snow, ice, dizzying heights and humbling moments but at the end of the day the summit was made and we got off alive. The most amazing surprise of the whole trip was undoubtedly the school programs. Basically, I was really nervous. I’d just finished Matric in 2011 so it was quite odd going through the activities with pupils my own age or older! The activities focused on their reality and the effectiveness of it all came from the combination of being outside; doing activities, which were hands on; including everyone; and just making it one big adventure. This was one of the most significant things I’ve ever done and ever been part of.

A big shout out to the Greenpoppers for all the wonderful support; especially Lauren, Misha and Jeremy!

 

GP: In a 4-month expedition there must have been plenty of interesting situations you guys found yourselves in. What was the most amazing moment? What was the scariest one? Did you ever think about going back?

The scariest is without doubt the decent of Mt. Kenya. We summited quite late and being on the equator meant that it got dark very quickly. There we were, 5000m up an exposed rock face with temperatures dropping below -26 degrees and with the ropes and my fingers freezing it was a super exciting and terrifying. We traversed down the mountain for the next couple of hours, with big drops and dodgy rock, to a protected bivy ledge – fun fun.

The most amazing moment-, um…well I don’t actually have “one” amazing moment I’ve got many. From doing a nude dash across the Knife-Edge bridge in Vic falls during a Lunar Eclipse, cliff jumping on Lake Malawi, bushwhacking through a whole lot of maize field to find one of our Malawian schools and then being blown away by Mt. Kenya magnificent beauty. I’m still trying to take it all in. That thought sometime crossed my mind when I was sick or dealing with the many irritations of being a tourist in East Africa, however after a couple banana’s I’d get over it pretty quickly.

Check out the summit video of Mt. Kenya

      


GP: You’re 18 years old and have climbed an impressive amount of mountains already. What are your plans going forward? What is the next mountain to be conquered?

Ya, I just love to climb big mountains but my ultimate goal is to successfully climb the Seven Second Summits, which are the second highest peaks on each of the seven continents. However, each climb will be done in the spirit of KAPE 2 KENYA.

 So the next KAPE expeditions will be in South America! The aim is to climb Ojos del Salado (6,893m), which is a big lump of rock on the boarder of Chile and Argentina. Just like KAPE 2 KENYA, I’ll only be traveling by public transport and sustainable means- which includes sailing there! This also means I’ve got to get my Spanish up to scratch because I’ll be visiting schools along the way. Gonna be fun fun!

I heard the Amazon needs a bit of a Treevolution- anyone keen?!?

GP: What is the most important message you want to bring across?

Kai: Be conscience. Take the bus or cycle, eat less meat, enjoy the great outdoors and plant a tree while you’re at it, these are simple achievable things which anyone can do. We as a youth have big obstacles to overcome and if we work together we can preserve and protect the environment (corny, but true).

Please check out Kape 2 Kenya’s website.

Hillside Primary – School of the Month

1st Plant 28 October 2010

1st Monitor 21 January 2011

2nd Monitor 10 September 2012

  

                                       (An Eco-School banner at Hillside Primary)

40 Indigeneuos trees planted

33 trees surviving 83% Survival rate

Hillside Primary School is located in Rocklands, Mitchell’s Plane and is about a 25 minute walk away from the ocean. Conditions here can be rough for trees as they deal with salty winds and sandy soils. However after almost 2 years, the trees planted at Hillside Primary boast a survival rate of 83% and display significant growth. The water berry trees are doing particularly well. Dianne Baker, the environmental teacher at Hillside, is doing a stirling job getting the kids to interact with nature. They have a lovely outdoor classroom, a healthy food garden, a large jojo collecting rainwater from the roof as well as a compost heap and worm farm. The younger kids are especially enthusiastic about bringing 2l bottles of greywater from home for the trees and the food garden. All in all we give Hillside Primary a big thumbs up and they will definately be recieving more trees from us in the future.

   

                                   (Healthy Indigenous Trees at Hillside Primary)

Greenpop/ Kirstenbosch Environmental Workshop

Our second year in existence brings about exciting changes and activities in our environmental education programmes! One of them being our environmental workshops!

   
For each plant day we carry out at a school, a groundsman, an educator and the principal of that school are enrolled for our Greenpop/Kirstenbosch Environmental workshops. The workshops are geared towards training/educating these stewards on how to best use and care for the trees that they’ve received.
   
We are super excited to be hosting the Module 2 Workshop with the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on October 4, 2012. This workshop is extra special as it introduces the implementation and maintenance of the Grey-water system, Recycling and Vermicomposting systems; all for the improvement of the qualities of our trees!
We’d like to send a special thank you to HG Travel; a pledgee of ours, who have sponsored the transportation of our educators, groundsmen and principals from various locations to the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. 

Why the West must help China win the race to decarbonise

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and one of its fastest growing economies. Yet its apparent success masks development challenges as well as a climate challenge, both of which carbon finance can help to solve. Jonathan Shopley spoke to Cameron Hepburn, Director of international project developer Climate Bridge, about the challenges and opportunities of developing projects in western China.

Cameron Hepburn

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and one of its fastest growing economies. Yet its apparent success masks development challenges as well as a climate challenge, both of which carbon finance can help to solve. Jonathan Shopley spoke to Cameron Hepburn, Director of international project developer Climate Bridge, about the challenges and opportunities of developing projects in western China.

Jonathan: On first appearances, countries like China and India don’t seem to need carbon finance to tackle climate change. They are growing economies with emerging middle-classes and world-class corporations. Why should western corporations fund Chinese carbon reduction projects?

Cameron: China is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases with one of the fastest growth rates in emissions on Earth. But the West is responsible to a material degree for much of the growth in Chinese emissions. That is because that growth is not coming from Chinese household activity. It is coming from industrial activity which is partly driven by the production of goods for developed economies.

China is often inappropriately viewed as competition, particularly by the US, when in fact the benefits of trade and engagement with China are enormous. Western firms, driven by competitive forces and consumer demands for lower prices, moved parts of their supply chains to China. That increased economic efficiency and Western profits. Apple is a prime example: it’s not the largest smartphone player by volume, but it makes the most profit of any firm. It achieves these profits by keeping its high value, highly complex work in the US and outsourcing manufacturing to emerging markets, including China.

So, should western corporations fund Chinese carbon reduction projects? Companies who already use Chinese components and inputs in their supply chain should be thinking seriously about securing offsets from China. If a firm or its suppliers source goods and services from China, it is responsible for its supply chain, and responsible for the emissions in it, and should help clean it up. That’s what the most forward-looking companies are doing. And by reducing emissions more cheaply in China, you get the same economic efficiencies that attracted your to outsourcing your supply chain to China in the first place.

Jonathan: China has economies of scale that the West may find worrying – particularly in low carbon solutions. For example, China dominates the solar market with panels that are the low cost leaders in the worldwide market because of their economies of scale. That prompts some people to say China doesn’t need our help to de-carbonise its economy as they are already doing better than the West. Is that a fair comment to make?

Cameron: China’s growing capacity in renewable energy offers a real opportunity to reduce emissions cheaply. Given the scale of the climate challenge, and the fact that no nation has infinite cash reserves, it’s sensible economics for China to produce panels cheaply, and at scale, and leave the West to get on with high-end R&D and innovation.

Let’s not forget, too, that China remains significantly poorer than the west. It’s developing, not developed. There are huge differentials in rural-urban income and the gap continues to widen with 90% of poverty concentrated in rural areas. The skyscrapers of Shanghai can blind us to China’s reality of poverty, especially in China’s western provinces. There’s a saying in rural China that ‘the Emperor is far away’. It’s easy for us to be misled by the astonishing development in richer cities like Shanghai and Beijing. But actually China contains some of the poorest areas on the planet. Around 400 million people in China are still living on less than $2 a day.

Jonathan: China is moving faster than any other country to shift its energy mix. It has reached 10% renewables and set ambitious targets for wind, solar and biomass. But these ambitious renewable energy targets can blind the west to the reality of China as a developing nation.

The policies mandated by Beijing — often command-and-control mechanisms — have started to have a real impact. But they are not enough. For instance, the government-owned banks, including in the poorer rural areas, set “hurdle rates” for investments in renewable energy projects in rural areas that can be relatively high, reflecting the risks. Without the support of the carbon markets, only a proportion of possible renewable projects would actually successfully obtain debt finance. And if they don’t get debt finance, they don’t get built – a new coal plant goes up instead.

At Climate Bridge we see viscerally how our projects need carbon finance in order to clear the hurdle rates. We often help project owners by accompanying them to bank meetings, to provide proof in person that carbon finance is available. Some bank managers take an added comfort about the project’s prospects from knowing Climate Bridge has carried out our own due diligence in the project before we back it and devote our energy to making it a success.

The development role of carbon finance and western China

Jonathan: Climate Bridge is developing many projects in China’s western provinces. Given the challenges of operating in these areas, you must see significant opportunities for what carbon finance can achieve in these provinces.

There is a double dividend from emissions reductions projects in rural areas: as well as emissions reductions there are significant benefits in transport, healthcare, employment and increased income for communities. Poverty in rural China is also closely correlated with low levels of education, and poverty rates are also higher among children. Some of Climate Bridge’s emissions reduction projects include investment in and better access to educational facilities. And the simple opportunity to turn on a light bulb can be life changing: it can mean a child can do schoolwork in the evening, for example.

Climate Bridge’s projects are currently mainly wind, biomass, small hydro and some solar. We are also working on other technologies for cleaner cooking and drinking water, which also have the ability to change hundreds of thousands of lives. Many of the impacts of climate change are mediated through the water cycle – for example, one very serious potential problem is the melting of the glaciers in the Tibetan plateau, which will affect the region’s water supply for several hundred million people.

Infrastructure still poses barriers – such as underdeveloped electricity grids – but the carbon markets have helped gather the momentum for improvement. The carbon markets have facilitated this development, with new renewable capacity triggering grid upgrades. For example, wind and solar has been a great success in the west. China’s installed solar was less than 1GW two years ago, but they have set a target for 10GW by 2015, which was raised a few months ago to 15GW, and then recently revised again to 21GW. This success has created challenges for the power grid, which the authorities have had to resolve by upgrading their infrastructure.

Carbon markets have been a game changer for China

Jonathan: At the time of the Kyoto Protocol China didn’t have the means to record its greenhouse gas emissions, and this is one of the contributing factors to the US not signing. Has the introduction of carbon markets to China had a role to play in changing the situation?

Cameron: Fifteen years ago China was in a very bad way in terms of accurately measuring its emissions. It’s in a much better place now, although it is still some way off being perfect. The CDM and the way in which China has embraced it have established good disciplines in measuring, reporting and verification.

The bottom line is that the CDM and the Voluntary Carbon Markets have increased China’s capacity to manage its emissions on a grand scale. The carbon markets powerfully communicated the importance of the climate challenge to the Chinese authorities, and why there was a need to be concerned. Importantly the carbon markets showed that part of the solution could involve higher efficiency production, lower local pollution, reduced health problems and also making money. It’s meant there’s been a sea change in attitudes, from bewilderment to a “well of course we should do this…”

I think the extent of this has been revealed in the pilot carbon trading schemes being implemented in Beijing and six other cities and provinces, and in plans for a national scheme to emerge between 2015 and 2020.

Climate Bridge

Dr Cameron Hepburn is a Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School, Oxford University, and Director of Climate Bridge Ltd. He is actively involved in public policy as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group, the DEFRA Academic Panel and as a founder of Vivid Economics. He contributed two background research papers to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director of The CarbonNeutral Company.

Mandatory Carbon Reporting could have a positive cultural impact at board level

Mandatory Carbon Reporting (MCR) will highlight the accuracy of how companies’ report, but also present an opportunity to align the environmental narrative with the company strategy. Richard Tipper, CEO of environmental measurement experts Ecometrica, explains his view to Jonathan Shopley.

Mandatory Carbon Reporting (MCR) will highlight the accuracy of how companies’ report, but also present an opportunity to align the environmental narrative with the company strategy. Richard Tipper, CEO of environmental measurement experts Ecometrica, explains his view to Jonathan Shopley.

Jonathan: Ecometrica works with many leading companies to help them understand their environmental impacts. What issues do you think Mandatory Carbon Reporting could raise in the practical terms of measurement?

Richard: The move to formal reporting means companies will want to review the quality of their measurements. A significant number of companies are already reporting emissions but in quite a rough and ready way. So there will be issues of quality and confidence as companies look to ensure that the numbers they are using are accurate and cover the correct things.

Plus the people in an organisation who understand the figures will need to extend beyond the CSR department. Senior management and board will require at least a grasp of what they mean.

Jonathan: CFOs are ultimately responsible for reporting, so how do you think they will react? If they’ve been reporting to the CRC will the reaction be ‘we’ve got this covered?’ Or is the real value of MCR in how the information can be used to gain a competitive advantage, by better helping the board manage risk and uncertainty?

Richard: MCR is at a very early stage so it will be some time before it’s viewed as strategic. The few companies that have considered it are the exceptions. However it is different to the CRC, which only covers some buildings in the UK and just carbon dioxide, rather than all greenhouse gases from all sources around the world.

Companies are still considering the potential impacts MCR can have and there could be a variety of positions as a result. For example they could feel exposed to risk if there’s a price put on carbon, or be advantaged by it.Equally they could see the chance to win competitive advantage by being able to demonstrate action on managing and reducing carbon impact and articulate greener brand values, or lose out to others if they don’t have a strong narrative.

Companies will require an intelligent narrative as well as accurate data

Jonathan: The reported figures will need to have an accompanying narrative. What do you consider pertinent here?

Richard: Obviously shareholders will ask ‘what do these figures actually mean?’ so companies will require an intelligent narrative, as well as accurate data. This could consist of big or small thinking and I think that will vary by sector. For example, tech stocks and IT may not find emissions reporting much of a factor in their business models as they are far down a supply chain. However, consumer-facing companies are more likely to feel compelled to action in line with corporate values and brand. Some of them have real opportunities in low carbon and carbon neutral products.

Jonathan: Environmental Managers are usually tasked with gathering data. What impact do you foresee the introduction of MCR having on their role?

Richard: Environmental managers are likely to feel the pressure for accuracy as a spotlight is turned on the figures. Hopefully they will be given the resources required to get quality results as their role is taken more seriously at a higher level within the organisation. In general I don’t see the responsibility changing, but in a minority of cases the responsibility for reporting might be moved from environment to finance.

Industry commentators will be scrutinising the figures

Jonathan: I envisage the narrative will depend on the intensity measure the company selects e.g. profit, top line. The legislation will force environmental managers to talk more thoughtfully about KPIs based on the company’s strategy – for example when Dyson moved manufacturing out of the UK it impacts their emissions story. It could be a challenge for environmental managers to shift to this more strategic thinking.

Richard: I can see there being more of a dialogue with the board. Businesses are thinking seriously about appropriate KPIs and how they reflect on the company as a whole. Some companies will do the minimum needed to comply, but some will treat this as an opportunity to go beyond the minimum, setting several KPIs and being prepared to spend the time and money required to meet them.

The big and useful thing this legislation will do is force businesses to think where they are relative to their peers in terms of their emissions, and what the options are for them to make reductions and take leadership – because of course, industry commentators will also be looking at the figures.

Jonathan: CEOs and CFOs ultimately have to talk to the market about results. Senior people tend to dislike talking about things they don’t understand. We could see environment managers having to talk to an investment audience; or a learning challenge as the board prepare to talk about sustainability.

Richard: Senior managers will need to be able to talk intelligently about the numbers and how they relate to company strategy.

The legislation will make companies think more carefully about things that have a negative impact on their environmental narrative. It will also encourage companies to anticipate the rising cost of GHG emissions that will surely follow, and seek ways to use the information to craft sound strategies to reduce emissions at lowest cost.

If other businesses within an industry are being more transparent, this will set an expectation level. It could stimulate a lot of thoughtful analysis at board level. Mandatory Carbon Reporting has the potential to deliver significant cultural change in the boardroom.

Dr Richard Tipper is Managing Director of Ecometrica. He has worked as a scientific and policy adviser on climate change issues for a wide range of governmental, business and international organisations, including the UK and Mexican Governments, BP and BAT, the OECD and UNEP. He has been a lead author on two IPCC reports and was part of the management team for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s initiative on greenhouse gas accounting for projects.

Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director of The CarbonNeutral Company.

Trees Support Sugar Cane Crops

So far this year we have distributed approximately 40,500 seeds, a challenge in a country torn by drug battles.

Trees for the Future formed a partnership with Partners of the Americas this year to help support a site visit to Urrao, a town located in the province of Antioquia, Colombia, where at least 80% of the population is estimated to live in poverty. Urrao has historically been known as a conflict zone, which has kept many national and international organizations from entering the region to offer assistance to the farmers. Both paramilitary and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) forces frequent the mountainous areas surrounding the region. Safety has improved in recent years and the town of Urrao is starting to experience renewed growth, but the recently renewed talks between the Colombian government and these forces raises concern for security issues in the coming year as reported in the Wall Street Journal this month

Two Colombian staff members of Partners visited Urrao with us. They were impressed with the spirit of the people and the projects we support. The visit led to approval of a new proposal for a woodlot project involving families in Urrao to help combat climate change. In addition to producing wood, it will help improve production facilities for artisanal sugarcane products, a common source of income for the community. We continue to work with the sugarcane farmers as well to improve their farming practices.

Through teaching farmers about agroforestry practices and sustainable agriculture activities such as vermiculture, we are helping farmers in Urrao this year with sustainable production of coffee, sugarcane, lulo (Solanum quitoense, a locally popular fruit) and avocado. We’re also exploring the possibility of working with the mayor on a municipal tree nursery that would enable the town to reforest key areas.

Our Colombia program began developing in April 2010.  At first, we focused on training farmers in agroforestry practices through our long-distance training program and establishing contacts with the people that would help us coordinate the program from within the country.

Our first complete year of program work in Urrao in 2011 was very successful. Urrao is home to paramos, an alpine tundra ecosystem found exclusively in the northern Andes of South America. The system is a major source of water for the region. The closest paramo is El Paramo del Sol, located in the highest elevations adjacent to Urrao.

Orchids National Park is also located in the region, due to the high biodiversity of orchids in this province. The environmental awareness of the community members, coupled with a lack of assistance from other organizations, has meant that they participate in our programs with great enthusiasm. We constantly have more community members interested in participating, and work with approximately 50-60 families at any one time.

 

 

Government Works on Agroforestry Policy

Indonesia is one of the most deforested countries in the world, with agriculture being the leading driver of deforestation. Indonesia’s economy is heavily dependent on export crops like cocoa, palm oil, and tobacco.  One of the most promising ways to move towards economic stability and improve the environment is through sustainable community-based farming.

This past April, the Forestry Research and Development Agency (FORDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural Institute, the University of Lampung, Gadjah Mada University and the World Agroforestry Centre convened with two agendas: to develop partnerships and research in agroforesty, and to widen the adoption of agroforestry techniques.

Agroforestry not only preserves the environment but also provides livelihoods for rural communities. Therefore, the involvement of the Indonesian government in the development of agroforestry is a step in the right direction. This presents a unique opportunity for organizations like Trees for the Future, as now we can seek increased government cooperation and work on developing community based agroforestry programs.