07.03.2012 | ZEF: Public lecture “The Role of Agroforestry in Land Management in the Future”

ZEF would like to invite you to the ZEF public lecture held by P.K. Nair, distinguished Professor of Agroforestry and International Forestry on:

“The Role of Agroforestry in Land Management in the Future”

Date: Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m.

Venue: Right conference room at ZEF (ground floor), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn


Speaker’s background:

P.K.R. Nair is a distinguished Professor of Agroforestry and International Forestry, and Director of the Center for Subtropical Agroforestry School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) of the University of Florida, USA. Professor Nair is a world-class leading Agroforestry scientist, and co-founder of the Center for Research in Agroforestry, now, World Agroforestry Centre. His scientific experience extends internationally through more than 100 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. His current research focus is on carbon sequestration and environmental quality under agroforestry systems. Other research interests include soil productivity, component interactions and agroforestry system design and evaluation.


Thematic background:

During the past three decades, agroforestry research has made significant progress in understanding the role of trees on farmlands and the ecological and economic advantages of integrated agroforestry systems (AFS). The environmental-quality benefits of AFS that transcend from local to global levels have received much attention lately; the major ones are climate change mitigation, soil improvement, water quality enhancement, and biodiversity conservation. In addition to the age-old and well-recognized benefits such as providing food and nutritional security to low-resource farming communities, these recently recognized environmental benefits offer a unique role for agroforestry as a sustainable approach to land management in both developing and industrialized nations in the future.