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Keep cool and practice Analog Forestry!

 Keep cool and practice Analog Forestry!

Hot, hotter, July… the last month was the hottest ever measured on Earth. What actions can we take to combat climate change? In the latest report of IPCC(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Land is considered a Critical Resource and part of the solution to climate change.

Trees and forests are the best coolers on Earth. They provide shade, clean air and water and provide protection for many animal species. But people keep planting monocultures for biofuels and large scale agricultural production often replete of gmo’s and harmful pesticides. We promote Analog Forestry as a visionary practice to establish healed ecosystems of tomorrow.

Learn more about our recent activities in the framework of the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA), carried out in more than a dozen countries, with a focus on the empowerment of women through Analog Forestry.

22 Grassroots Groups certified at Analog Forestry workshops this year

More women are joining our network and learning the Analog Forestry methodology to restore degraded land, nourish the soil and provide food security and clean water as they diversify their income.

More than 22 groups in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Togo and Uganda have joined Analog Forestry and Lobby & Advocacy workshops, or used AF as a guide in 13 Demonstration Sites. The participants raised awareness on ecological restoration through AF.

Agreements reached in these workshops include follow up strategies, applying AF designs on farms, involving local municipalities, more field practices and networking with other local organizations. Information exchanges by email and whatsapp groups has been vital to stay in touch and share the good progress as well as strategies to fundraise to support the good work.

In war-torn Cameroon, CENDEP brings hope to people through Analog Forestry
Despite the unstable situation in Cameroon, CENDEP gives endless support to Analog Forestry local practitioners, women and men, who are contributing to fight climate change while carrying out activities that generate income for them such as bee keeping. Madame Bridget is one of the group leaders.

Many people who have escaped the war and fled their homes found new refuge in Bridget’s community. They are now Internally Displaced People (IDPs) whom CENDEP helps to establish forest gardens starting with market gardening to boast their economic situation and reduce dependency on relief assistance.

Community members donated land to be used as a demonstration site for a Food Forest. Since the people who have relocated (IDPs) do not have land to farm, they shall each be allocated a portion of the field to cultivate short cycle crops that can sustain their families until the war ends and they return home.

AF trainer Carolina Sorzano returns to Honduras for follow-up
IAFN, together with Fondo Tierra Viva and ACESH (Association of Ecological Committees of Southern Honduras) organized a workshop to share the AF methodology in a practical follow-up visit in Concepción de María, Honduras.

Theoretical and practical exercises led by Carolina Sorzano from Colombia were complemented by developing a detailed design for an AF implementation site of ACESH. The site has an area of 1,2 ha and the key objectives of the design are to improve production for auto-consumption, commercialization and to reduce the negative effects of climate change.This workshop also created the opportunity to discuss and mobilize women’s political agendas in relation to their rights, and recognize women’s vital roles in the management of natural resources and in the struggle to preserve access to these.

Women’s work at the community level is often undervalued and not recognized. That´s why IAFN pays special attention to exchanging experiences regarding women’s rights and engagement in Analog Forestry workshops.

10 women’s groups joined Analog Forestry workshop in Nicaragua
Meanwhile in July, at another workshop of Analog Forestry in the community of La Cuculmeca in Jinotega, Nicaragua, 25 women from 10 organisations participated in a training led by Adriana Pal from Costa Rica, with the help of Luz Marina Valle from the Foundation Among Women (FEM) and the Central American Women’s Fund (FCAM).
The participants shared a rich exchange concerning their different perceptions of trees and plants, their benefits as well as that of healty soils and are eager to continue deepening their knowledge of their own land, while applying the AF methodology.
An exchange of seeds was organized to preserve biodiversity and to increase food sovereignty on their plots upon returning home.
 IAFN welcomes new Forest Garden Productscertification Inspectors

A Training to accredit new Forest Garden Products (FGP) inspectors was held in July at Belipola, Sri Lanka under the guidance of Dr. Ranil Senanayake, graciously hosted by Rainforest Rescue International and Earth Restoration.

Participants included 3 inspectors from IMO India, 2 inspectors from Sri Cert and 3 technical leaders/inspectors of the PGS Good Market.[Good%20Market%20Lanka]  A very special thank you to Lorena Gamboa, IAFN Certification Officer, for her valuable assistance in the training, which provided an opportunity to refresh knowledge on Analog Forestry, practice the Physiognomic Formula and Ecological Evaluation in 2 different areas of theBelipola Arboretum as well as share Belipola’s Forest Garden Farm Plan, as the FGP Standard was carefully reviewed, along with the combined Participatory Guarantee System (PGS-FGP) Standards and verification lists.

IAFN’s Standard Setting Body, our network and friends welcome this new group of Certified Inspectors who will ensure clean, safe, socially and environmentally responsible non-timber forest products, while rewarding farming communities.

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This newsletter is supported by BothENDS // Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action

The IAFN Board and office of the Secretariat, along with its Training Centers in Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Bolivia and Costa Rica integrate the Analog Forestry (AF) methodology with the women’s rights and environmental justice agendas, working with the GAGGA program. Both seek to unite and strengthen womens’ and grassroots organizations’ capacity to promote and enhance the right to clean water, healthy food, and a clean and safe environment.

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