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Forestry Responses to Natural and Human-conflict Disasters

This module examines the role of forestry in mitigating natural and human-conflict disasters, and forest-related responses that might assist communities and ecosystems to recover in the wake of disasters in the short and longer terms. 

This film explains what agroforestry is and the myriad of contributions that it has made to Uganda. It starts in the highlands of Kabale, where trees on farms prevented landslides and floods, provided fruit to villagers and made their agriculture more sustainable. It then roams to the parklands of northern...
There is growing concern in the Sudan about the impact of the Darfur conflict on natural resources, particularly forest resources. The article presents an analysis of the situation and drafts some conclusion on the fact that conflict has multiple short- and long-term impacts on development, the environment and human well-being. The displacement of...
In several countries in West Africa, the initial public health emergency triggered by Ebola virus disease (EVD) has developed into a complex crisis, affecting food security, livelihoods and national economies, and even threatening geopolitical stability. This article outlines the global scientific community’s knowledge of the clinical characteristics and epidemiological features...
Reforestation projects have not only contributed to restoration of the environment and better resilience following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but have also created employment. The impact of the activities, which were carried out over a relatively short period of time (2010-2013), was felt in the cities of Léogâne and Petit-Goâve. The...
In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, forest and fire management need to be strengthened to reduce the risk of wildfire and corresponding radiation exposure. This article analyse these risks in the CE zone and recommends urgent steps to be taken to improve the fire management.
Watershed management is an effective approach to reducing disaster risk, as demonstrated by the increased resilience of the communities who applied the approach in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake. This article shows how in this project, the participatory landscape approach has clearly increased the resilience of both the landscapes and the...
Trees and forests have an important role to play in both short-term and long-term disaster recovery efforts, as shown in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. This article reports the activities undertaken afterwards and the lessons learned.
The example of South Sudan, with its millions of displaced people, exposes the pressing need for sustainable supplies of woodfuel and efficient cooking technologies in the wake of emergencies, to ensure not only food security, health and safety but also environmental sustainability. This article draft some recommendations and highlights that: 1)...