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Where trees and people live

This is a follow on post from an earlier one called “The forest as a lived environment”.   One of my highlights of 2014 was getting my complimentary copy of Bill Liao’s book, “Forests: Reasons to be hopeful“.  As well as offering some advice on the scientific content of a few of the figures, I also … Continue reading

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Jambula on the radio in Malawi

In February I was lucky enough to attend a Jambula Artist workshop in Dedza, Malawi organised by Alice Ladenburg, Myck Fisha and Clifford Mkanthama.  A collection of musicians, artists, other creative types and local NGO reps. Spreading the word about forests can be done in many ways.  I use my lectures and my blogs.  These … Continue reading

From Christmas trees to condoms: festive reasons to be thankful for trees

As this festive season draws to a close and you start bringing down the decorations, take an extra long look at your Christmas tree before you get rid of it…. and spare a thought for how trees help make Christmas. The tradition of decorating a tree in the middle of winter is at least 500 … Continue reading

What price, creativity?

I recently asked the artist Alice Ladenburg to join the REDD Horizon project in Malawi. An artist? you ask. What is the point of an artist in a project that is looking at building capacity in forest monitoring in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world? It is easy to dismiss “art” as … Continue reading

Jambula!

– Jambula, verb, the Chichewa word meaning to record on film or cassette [1]. Do I have the right to capture your image on film? In the UK, in a public place I have the right to take the photograph, but I don’t necessarily have the right to publish the image.  I can’t use it to promote … Continue reading

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