Three replies to posts on LinkedIn, the first to an article on abandoned agricultural land, and the other two about the selection of tree species for reforestation.
Reply to a post by UN Biodiversity about an article entitled “Could Abandoned Agricultural Lands Help Save the Planet?“ 10 December 2019 (posted December 2018)
It wasn’t so long ago that researchers were looking at how urban sprawl was paving over productive farmland (cities tend not to be founded on marginal lands), and now we’re looking at abandonment of farmland. Lots of questions, but a couple for now are: where and how is ag being intensified in productive areas such that production increases and overall area farmed decreases; and what are the costs and externalities of this intensification?
Really need a sensible overall perspective on, and just planning framework for, land use, especially as we’ll be losing use of many coastal areas (themselves a mix of fertile and heavily populated zones), meaning another issue is where to resettle people affected.
Reply to a post by Willemijn Heideman about an article entitled “Planting trees is only a good news story if it’s done right,” 25 December 2019 (posted December 2019)
Beyond diversity, the composition – species selection – is key. Prioritizing native species should be a no-brainer. Doing so with attention to appropriate combinations is even better. I also like the idea of incorporating endangered and less frequently seen (but once abundant) woody plant species.
Glad to hear that iroko and other Red-listed indigenous species are being planted as part of this #forestry effort in #Togo.