Planet Earth is naturally biodiverse. It is this biodiversity – the trees, birds, bees, mammals, snakes… that sustains life as we know it. But, biodiverse landscapes are being lost at an alarming rate, in many cases for agricultural expansion. Protecting biodiversity seems at odds with our urgent need to feed growing populations around the world. If we do not get better at managing our resources, we will continue to lose biodiversity, and the fundamental services that healthy ecosystems provide. We will find it more and more difficult to grow our food.
Fortunately, farms can be managed to maximize biodiversity conservation value. Trees on Farms for Biodiversity (ToNF) is our solution.
TonF is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and implemented by World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in partnership with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñza (CATIE), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UFZ and Leibnitz Universität Hannover.
Increasing both the number of trees and species on farms helps conserve and restore biodiversity and improves agricultural productivity. We work with communities, governments and NGOs to promote this approach in Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda.
“ TonF is a direct contribution to Aichi Target 7 of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity (sustainably managed agricultural areas) by advancing the knowledge of the importance of trees on farms for biodiversity and human wellbeing.