World Agroforestry Centre and ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
The World Agroforestry Centre (also known legally as International Centre for Research in Agroforestry -ICRAF) undertakes research that uses science to understand the complex role of trees in agricultural systems and their effects on livelihoods and the environment, and foster use of the knowledge to influence decisions and practices that impact the poor. The Centre’s headquarters are based in Nairobi, Kenya with six regional nodes and active research programmes in 25 countries in the tropics. ICRAF has a long history of implementing multidisciplinary and global projects in rural poverty, markets and opportunities for non-wood forest and tree products, ecological footprints, governance systems related to forests, agriculture and agroforestry and deforestation and climate change issues.
The ASB (Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn) Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins has been the principal global programme contributing to the science of deforestation within the global climate change agenda within ICRAF. It has enabled interdisciplinary research on deforestation in tropical forest margins for over 14 years with more than 80 international and local institutions in six countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, with benchmark sites in the western Amazon basin of Brazil and Peru, the Congo Basin forest in Cameroon, southern Philippines, northern Thailand, and the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Through the ASB Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins, ICRAF will lead work on quantifying deforestation and developing REDD negotiation support systems in REDD-ALERT, as well as contribute to quantifying GHG emissions from land use change, developing policy options addressing tropical deforestation, and integration and modelling.