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August 1, 2022 | ELTI

In May 2022, Mr. Gutang was awarded a Rainforest Hero Award for his advocacy of Rainforestation—a form of reforestation using native tree species—at the Visayas State University Anniversary Celebration. Mr Gutang established three Rainforestation sites on unproductive private lands in Pilar, Camotes, through Memoranda of Agreement between himself and the landowners. By integrating native trees with fruit trees and coconut palms, Mr. Gutang turned these barren lands into lush, productive farms that prevent soil erosion and landslides during the frequent heavy rains. As a teacher, Mr. Gutang also works tirelessly to promote Rainforestation among local elementary and high school students.

See interview with GMA regional TV network in the Philippines.

July 31, 2022 | ELTI

ELTI's Panama Coordinator Jacob Slusser was interviewed by Panama's TVN television network about the publication of ELTI's silvopastoral system (SPS) establishment guide. Jacob explained that the guide is based on 10+ years of ELTI’s experience in implementing silvopastoral systems with producers and community associations of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, one of the most deforested and degraded regions of Panama. With more than 20% of Panama's land use being permanent pastures, the guide will be useful for many organizations and producers not only in Azuero but throughout Panama. The guide, published in collaboration with two ELTI affiliates, Jorge Gutierrez and Saskia Santamaria, is an open access guide available on the ELTI website.

Read more about the interview (Spanish): https://www.tvn-2.com/contenido-exclusivo/innovadora-tecnica-aplicando-potreros-azuero_1_1996132.html

https://bit.ly/YaleCareers-74275BR

ELTI is seeking to hire an Online Training Associate to play a pivotal role developing and implementing online activities. The Associate will help implement ELTI’s yearlong online certificate program on Tropical Forest Landscapes by facilitating the certificate’s five primary courses, selecting and mentoring program participants, reviewing and updating the curriculum and course content, and implementing the program’s Monitoring & Evaluation activities, among other tasks. The Associate will also develop and deliver online short courses throughout the calendar year on an array of themes related to tropical forest conservation and restoration.

This is a fixed one-year position (June 2022 to May 2023) with the opportunity to extend, if funding permits. The position is based at the Yale School of the Environment in New Haven, CT.

For more information: https://bit.ly/YaleCareers-74275BR

June 10, 2022 | ELTI

ELTI alumni and cattle farmers from Panama’s La Villa River Watershed—the most deforested watershed of the Azuero Peninsula—completed a two-year project titled “Empowering farmers to support livelihoods by restoring ecosystem services in Panama’s La Villa River Watershed,” funded by the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation. ELTI’s Panama team implemented a field training that introduced participants to the range of forest restoration strategies that can be integrated into a farm. As part of the training, ELTI helped participants create a farm plan to prioritize restoration activities. After the training, ELTI’s Panama team visited participants at their farms and provided technical assistance on how to establish model silvopastoral farms—by providing advice on how to divide pastures, develop water systems, and select appropriate tree and shrub species. Finally, ELTI also provided leadership training to help empower farmers to become effective community trainers to promote a sustainable ranching multiplier effect in the region. To celebrate the completion of the project and provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, ELTI facilitated a closing ceremony at ELTI alumnus José Samaniego’s model farm. ELTI will continue to provide support to project participants, as well as incorporate the model farms into ELTI’s Panama training landscape to be utilized in training courses and research.

7 CFH graduates and 2 ELTI Panama team members

 

June 2, 2022 | ELTI

ELTI alumni from the Save a Tree Live Better Ecological Producer’s Association (SAVIM) of the Azuero Peninsula—the most dry and degraded region of Panama—completed a two-year rainwater harvesting project funded by the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Programme. During the project, SAVIM collaborated with cattle ranchers and a parent-teacher association of a local primary school (Calabazo Primary School) to establish rainwater harvesting systems for a silvopastoral system, an agroecological garden for the primary school, and a tree nursery for the community. ELTI strives to assist local communities to adapt to climate change challenges such as drought by supporting forest restoration and sustainable water use projects, essential for creating more resilient landscapes. A video illustrating the project can be viewed on ELTI’s YouTube Channel.

ELTI’s Colombia Coordinator Zoraida Calle was featured in a two-minute Earth Day video at Mi farm for Colanta (Colombia’s largest milk cooperative) inviting other producers to consider themselves as “custodians of biodiversity.” The video can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

ELTI recently completed a French-language online course for 25 young African professionals in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The seven-week course focused on building capacity, knowledge, and networks for forest and landscape restoration in Western and Central Africa. Read more at https://www.fao.org/in-action/forest-landscape-restoration-mechanism/res...

ELTI Colombia Coordinator Zoraida Calle was invited to give an online workshop on “Agroecological Restoration of Cattle Farms” during one of AgroCultura Caribe’s talk shows. AgroCultura Caribe is a weekly talk series on sustainable agriculture with listeners from all over Latin America and is broadcast live through Facebook and YouTube to a Spanish-speaking audience.

Tropical forests in the Philippines have been deforested and degraded over the past century.

ELTI Philippines Coordinator, Joy Compendio, was interviewed to discuss her work in promoting Rainforestation through VSU-ELTI training events. Rainforestation uses native tree species that enhance biodiversity and local livelihoods. Highlights from the interview were published on the Adversity Archive website.

ELTI created a new program video showcasing our four principles of capacity development and how our approach empowers our participants through training courses, leadership support, and access to knowledge and resources. Watch ELTI's new video.

November 29, 2021 | https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780323857291/natural-resource-governance-in-asia

ELTI’s Tropical Forest Landscapes online program alumnus, Neil Konrad D. Binayao III, published a chapter with Catherine C. de Luna and Angela A. Limpiada (ELTI webinar participants) in the book titled Natural Resource Governance in Asia. The chapter is entitled, "Evaluating the rehabilitation potential of Calliandra (Calliandra calothyrsus Meissn.) in degraded areas through landscape function analysis in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines."

Book link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780323857291/natural-resource-governance-in-asia

Chapter 4 link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780323857291000104

November 4, 2021 | ELTI

On August 3, ELTI lost a dear friend and colleague with the death of Dr. Arbainsyah (known as “Insya”) due to Covid-19. Insya worked with ELTI in East Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) since 2017, first as the Indonesia Program Assistant and then as the Indonesia Program Coordinator. Insya’s loss is truly heartbreaking for us at ELTI. His hard work and dedication will live on as a legacy in both the landscapes that he helped to restore and in the hearts of everyone he trained and mentored along the way.

Please join us in celebrating Insya’s work with ELTI by learning about his training innovations, his work in the field, and the many publications that he developed with partners and colleagues. Link to detailed tribute: https://mailchi.mp/yale/insya_tribute

October 6, 2021 | Science Direct

ELTI’s Director, Dr. Eva Garen, was part of an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners who published the open access article, The political ecology playbook for ecosystem restoration: Principles for effective, equitable, and transformative landscapes. The publication was inspired by a panel session during the 26th Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) at the Yale School of the Environment, which highlighted the importance of socio-cultural, political, and economic considerations when designing and implementing ecological restoration interventions. Article link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102320

September 24, 2021 | ELTI

ELTI affiliates in Panama recently attended the closing ceremony for farmers from the Coclé Province who participated in the project: Sustainable Livestock in the Middle and Lower Watersheds of the Santa María River as a Measure of Adaptation to Climate Change. Over the past two years, this project, the largest sustainable cattle ranching project ever implemented in Panama to date, has established 600 hectares of silvopastoral systems with 120 farmers in three provinces of Panama. ELTI along with ELTI’s primary partner in Colombia, the Center for Research on Sustainable Agriculture (CIPAV) were members of a consortium led by the Group for Sustainable Environmental Education and Management (GEMAS) to carry out the project, which was funded by the Adaptation Fund. In 2019 ELTI trained the 120 farmers on silvopastoral systems via their Panama Training Landscape and helped them develop their farm management plans, the first step of the project. For ELTI affiliates, it was inspiring to attend the closing ceremony and witness the results of the project participants such as, Jorge Cedeño, who had converted his conventional pastures into an intensive silvopastoral system and increased the milk production of his dairy farm by 50%. For more information about this project, please visit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSxOOZlr11D/

18 people surrounding a large, wide-branched tree. The people are wearing masks and are facing the tree, listening to one person talking. One man is taking a picture of the tree. They are surrounded by tall grass.

September 24, 2021 | Balitek-KSDA

The Indonesian Research & Development Institute for Natural Resource Conservation Technology (BALITEK-KSDA) published a story co-written by ELTI Research Assistant, Sulton Affifudin, in its Vol X, No1, 2021 issue of Suara Samboja (pp. 27-32). The story, written in Indonesian, discusses the potential for harvesting leaves from the Melaleuca cajuputi tree and distilling the essential oils, which are often used for medicinal purposes. ELTI has been working with Balitek-KSDA and other partners in East Kalimantan to strengthen ecotourism and non-timber forest products as alternative livelihood strategies in support of forest restoration for the endemic proboscis monkey. Click here to read the article.

September 24, 2021 | Yale and the World

Working with ELTI's global partners is key to scale up our efforts. In collaboration with IUCN, ELTI facilitated a series of training courses for environmental leaders from Ethiopia, Madagascar and Togo, who are strengthening their technical and leadership skills to become more empowered restoration leaders. This collaboration was recently featured by Yale in the World and Yale’s Africa Initiative.

June 25, 2021 | IUCN

Collaboration with international partners is key to achieve our mission to inspire decision-makers to restore tropical forests. In 2019, ELTI worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Government (BMZ) to deliver a series of "blended" courses. The course series supported 114 environmental leaders from over 60 organizations in Ethiopia, Togo, and Madagascar to achieve forest landscape restoration goals in their countries. Click here to learn more.

June 7, 2021 | Yale School of the Environment

Watch this short video to learn about ELTI’s approach and inspirational results.

June 2, 2021 | Utrecht University

A case study written by ELTI Colombia Coordinator Zoraida Calle, based at CIPAV, is featured in a book that brings together 21 articles written by restoration scientists and practitioners throughout the world. The book showcases insights from researchers and practitioners at the coalface of forest and ecosystem restoration on the greatest opportunities and fundamental challenges that will need to be addressed in different regions during the coming years.

Her article, entitled "Transitioning to Tree-based Grazing Systems in Colombia," explores the benefits of replacing conventional cattle ranching practices with complex silvopastoral systems, the challenges to this approach, and the necessity of integrating the perspectives of landholders. You can read more about the book here and download the full text of book here.

March 3, 2021 | WWF

ELTI hosted a six-day field course for Latin American decision makers whom have been awarded a Russell E. Train Education for Nature (EFN) Reforestation Grant from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will be conducting reforestation projects in their individual communities with the goal of restoring biodiversity and enhancing human wellbeing in degraded forest landscapes. The course, which occurred in December 2019, focused on the social and ecological consequences of forest degradation and demonstrated the importance of community associations in forest restoration.

March 3, 2021 | ELTI

Mushrooms have long been used by humans both as a food source and as a medicinal ingredient. There are many types of mushrooms that can be cultivated. Two of the most common in Indonesia are Straw mushrooms and Oyster mushrooms, although the production and consumption of mushrooms remains quite low. A recent ELTI online course entitled, "Introducing Oyster and Straw Mushroom Cultivation Techniques for Communities Around Oil Palm Plantations" aimed to help local community members in areas surrounding oil palm plantations develop mushroom production as an alternative livelihood.

January 4, 2021 | Mongabay

Mongabay published an article written by ELTI alumnus David Woodbury and ELTI affiliate Arbainsyah about their research on degraded mine sites in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The article entitled, “Being realistic about coal mine rehabilitation in Indonesia: An ecological perspective,” describes the challenges associated with an Indonesian law that requires mining companies to restore the degraded land to its “original condition,” an unrealistic target. The accepted solution by the Indonesian government to restoring degraded land is ecological rehabilitation. But ecological rehabilitation cannot restore the land to its “original condition,” and this goal may not align with local community interests or with ecological recovery. You can read the Mongabay article here and find the journal article in Land Degradation & Development here, written in collaboration with other researchers at the Yale School of the Environment, Tropenbos Indonesia and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and the Environment.

David and Arbainsyah conducted their research around ELTI's training landscape in Indonesia with in-kind support from the ELTI Indonesia Program and Balitek-KSDA.

December 22, 2020 | ELTI

We are pleased to announce the call for applicants for our 2021-2022 offering of the Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use online certificate program. This program offers a unique opportunity to connect with Yale experts and environmental professionals from around the world and develop concrete skills to further your career.

The online program includes four thematic eight-week courses, a yearlong capstone project course and an optional field course in Latin America or Asia. Participants will learn from Yale faculty, ELTI team members and a network of international partners. Apply now!

July 24, 2020 | ELTI

Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Melaleuca cajuputi tree. The oil is used in Indonesia and around the world for its medicinal properties and is also used in a range of cosmetics and other household products. As part of an online course using Melaleuca oil as a non-timber forest product, ELTI Indonesia Coordinator Insya created a short video explaining how to collect and extract the oil from the leaves.

July 10, 2020 | MDPI

Asia Program Advisor David Neidel co-authored a paper on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in the Philippines. While many policy makers are interested in FLR, the methods for implementation on the ground are often ambiguous. This article summarizes the key messages and outcomes from an international conference and workshop on the subject that ELTI participated in in the Philippines in February 2019. The Manila Declaration on FLR, which was approved by the conference participants, outlines future steps needed to provide greater clarity on scaling up FLR in the tropics.

May 4, 2020 | Yale Africa Initiative

In January 2020, the Yale Africa Initiative published their "Yale and Africa" brochure to share more about Yale activities and collaborations in many countries across Africa. They highlighted ELTI's work as part of joint endeavors on research, scholarship and education (page 10). 

In collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners, ELTI has implemented innovative courses that combine online components with in-person field workshops in eight African countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Togo and Uganda.

 

Field visit during IUCN-ELTI blended course in Madagascar | ELTI Archive

April 29, 2020 | Mongabay

Mongabay published an article and video about the restoration efforts of ELTI alumna Odielca Solís. The article entitled, “In Panama, agroforestry technique of silvopasture improves ranching traditions” and video entitled, “Greener Pastures” discussed the environmental degradation in Panama’s Azuero peninsula caused by conventional ranching and Odielca’s efforts of establishing silvopastoral systems as a sustainable alternative to maintaining her livelihood and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

ODIELCA SOLÍS on her farm in Panama

Odielca Solís on her farm in Panama | ELTI Archive

April 24, 2020 | Restoration Ecology

Zoraida Calle, CIPAV researcher and ELTI affiliate, co-authored a research article entitled, “Decline in local ecological knowledge in the Colombian Andes may constrain silvopastoral tree diversity” published in the Restoration Ecology journal. Following up on a survey of workers, managers and owners of silvopastoral farms in the Colombian Andes six years later, the authors found that the ability to identify native trees and describe their uses was significantly lower, as well as the interest in planting trees.

The study shows that knowledge about the uses of native species is critical for motivating cultivation of diverse trees in silvopastoral farms, and that multipurpose trees are the most likely to be planted. The authors concluded that local knowledge on the ecology and use of native species plays a critical role on decisions made by cattle farmers about the trees they plant in their farms. “Perhaps it is time to treat local ecological knowledge as what it really is: an irreplaceable treasure,” said Zoraida.

April 15, 2020 | ELTI

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil requires that member companies protect, manage and restore High Conservation Value areas within their plantations. An example are areas with “concentrations of biological diversity including endemic species, and rare, threatened or endangered species, that are significant at global, regional or national levels.”

A new livelihood opportunity for communities living around High Conservation Value areas is to raise stingless bees for honey, bee pollen and propolis.

In partnership with Tropenbos Indonesia, Balitek KSDA and Goodhope Asia Holding Ltd., ELTI facilitated a field course in Indonesia to provide conservation managers of oil palm plantations and community members with the knowledge and skills needed to work together to promote stingless beekeeping  for the benefit of biodiversity and community livelihood.

April 14, 2020 | ELTI, Blue Forest Foundation, Tropenbos Indonesia, Balitek-KSDA and Pertamina EP

ELTI’s Indonesia Program, in collaboration with Blue Forest Foundation, Tropenbos Indonesia and Balitek-KSDA, published a book entitled, Bekantan dan Habitatnya di Sungai Hitam (in English, Proboscis Monkey and Their Habitat at the Sungai Hitam Mangrove Forest). The book outlines the results of a social and ecological assessment conducted to determine the best way forward to rehabilitate a riparian habitat for the proboscis monkey in the ELTI training landscape in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Pertamina EP supported the printing of this publication.

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