A circular innovation for Africa: recycling coconut waste reduces timber consumption and deforestation. Photo: Freetown sl Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Freetown sl Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The story of Alhaji, the startupper who is curbing deforestation with coconut waste

Una soluzione circolare contro la deforestazione in Africa Occidentale. Alhaji Siraj Bah, giovanissimo innovatore di Freetown, in Sierra Leone, scommette sui residui del cocco per offrire un’alternativa ai prodotti derivati dal legno
"The EU must encourage carbon removal and support carbon credits," according to European Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski (photo). Image: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP© European Union 2019 - Source: EP CC-BY-4.0:

Brussels is working on carbon credits, as certification framework is still undefined

The EU Commission aims to draw up the required guidelines for the calculation and recognition of credits in the carbon farming sector by the end of the year. The matter is complicated as companies pressure raise doubts on deadline compliance.
A soil sampling operation. The survey, which also involves Colorado State University, is focused on the interactions between grazing, soil and the carbon cycle. Photo: courtesy of Francesca Cotrufocourtesy of Francesca Cotrufo

Grazing land, hidden treasure: “Adaptive grazing management helps climate and soil”

A research on the interactions between livestock, soil and the carbon cycle was just launched in the US. Francesca Cotrufo (Colorado State University): "We are already working at global scale, market participants have realized the importance of the issue". Carbon is crucial, "but accurate calculation methodologies are needed".
Vegetated buffer strips are an efficient barrier against waterway pollution. Photo: Bengt Oberger Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Bengt Oberger Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Riparian buffer strips reduce water pollution while protecting soil health, study says

Riparian buffer strips pose no real danger to soil stability and banks, US research shows. A finding that suggests a wider use of this natural remedy against water contamination
As pollinators, bees interact with over 90% of the native plants. Photo: Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Brazil bets on bees through urban beehives and honey gardens

The government of the State of Paraná has decided to replicate the bee conservation project already developed in the capital Curitiba. An educational program that promotes the crucial role of these precious insects. 
Tea is produced in 25 different countries. Cultivating it in an agro-ecological manner provides new opportunities for ecosystem conservation. Photo: kitbinan Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredkitbinan Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

How agroecology supports biodiversity conservation in tea plantations

The adoption of good agricultural practices in tea plantations is crucial to the conservation of biodiversity. Indian researchers send a message to the market involving 25 countries
Mushrooms are able to absorb and break down many toxic substances, thus restoring soil health. Photo: Raffael Herrmann public domainPhoto: Raffael Herrmann public domain

Oil-eating mushrooms bring contaminated soil back to life

U.S. researchers test the ability of mushrooms to absorb and break down soil contaminants. A strategy to restore land by reducing the weight of waste
Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative

Africa, the Great Green Wall is an excellent economic investment too

A cost-benefit analysis of the Green Great Wall project in the Sahel has been published in Nature Sustainability. Every dollar invested produces an average return of $ 1.2, peaking as high as $ 4.4. Despite the harsh climatic conditions
Without new agricultural practices, the Yangambi territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo is at risk of increasing deforestation. Photo: Axel Fassio/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Axel Fassio/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Climate smart practices can fix Congo’s agricultural crisis

Agricultural resilience strategies would be able to break the vicious cycle between global warming and deforestation that affects the lives of farmers in the African country. Here are the proposal of the researchers
The EU Commission has officially recognized the importance of carbon farming in climate mitigation. Photo: Verita Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Verita Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

EU regulation on carbon farming and emission trading expected by 2022

Brussels finally acknowledges carbon farming, and opens the way to remuneration systems. The goal? Capturing 42 million tons of CO2 by 2030