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Why grow a tree? Barriers and boosters for landowners to adopt agroforestry

Updated Monday, 19 December 2022

Planting trees can align environmental and development goals and integrate sustainable practices into rural livelihoods. However, there are many challenges in adopting agroforestry practices. 

This content is associated with The Open University's Economics courses and qualifications.

On 27 April 2022, OU Economics hosted a seminar with Dr Aiora Zabala of The Open University and Anique Hillbrand, programme manager at OroVerde, the Tropical Forest Foundation, who shared their research and experience on forest and landscape restoration in Mexico and Guatemala.


Watch the trailer below for the seminar, Why grow a tree? Barriers and boosters for landowners to adopt agroforestry.  

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Learning outcomes

Learn about the problems of land degradation and the benefits that arise from landscape restoration. You will learn about the range of motivations behind individual and community adoption of sustainable agroforestry practices as well as the range of socio-economic impacts these practices may have.

Nature-based solutions to climate change

In this video Dr Aiora Zabala explores the benefits of planting trees in productive ecosystems. She explores the motivations behind planting trees on a community and individual level and how they can lead to meeting climate pledges. She draws from her research of agroforestry in Mexico. 

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Exploring the potential of forest landscape restoration

In this video Anique Hillbrand offers an introduction to the problems of land degradation, the international initiatives around landscape restoration and the benefits and alignment with Sustainable Development Goals. She draws from extensive experience of agroforestry in Guatemala.  

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