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Low-cost Reforestation

Low-cost Reforestation

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, January 7, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment, adventure

Farmer Managed Reforestation (credit: World Vision Australia)

The Right Livelihood Award, often called the Alternative Nobel Prize, was presented to the Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo in 2018. Rinaudo developed a practical and low-cost solution to deforestation in the Sahel region of Africa. Using a simple group of land management practices, farmers themselves regenerate and protect trees on their land. In the process they improve their livelihoods at the same time.

The approach Rinaudo put into practice is known as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and relies on the ability of tree to naturally regrow from underground root systems when properly pruned. Stumps of cut trees are still connected to a large root system that can rapidly regrow into a tree. Using the FMNR approach, Rinaudo has restored over 12 million acres of land with more than 200 million trees in Niger alone. The cost to a farmer is less than US$20/acre. A short video explains how this has been accomplished.

Volumes have been printed on the problems created by deforestation but few people have developed a solution as simple as "working with nature". The "Alternative Nobel" committee certainly found a winner in Tony Rinaudo.



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