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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.
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.
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.
Further learning materials
Zabala et al. 2017 Payments for Pioneers? Revisiting the Role of External Rewards for Sustainable Innovation under Heterogeneous Motivations. Ecological Economics 135:234-245.
Zabala et al. 2013 Understanding the Role of Livelihoods in the Adoption of Silvopasture in the Tropical Forest Frontier. BIOECON Conference.
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