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AGFORWARD News: May 2015
Agroforestry for Europe
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In this Newsletter:

Introduction

Mapping our research with groups across Europe

How much agroforestry in Europe?

"Bordure" trees in France

Agroforestry in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France

"Trees in Agriculture" Conference in Paris

UK Woodfuel from Agroforestry Meeting (18-19 May)

Agroforestry Meeting in South America (12-17 July)

AGFORWARD on Facebook

Contact Details

Subscription Details


Introduction

This is the May 2015 newsletter from the AGFORWARD project (2014-2017) sponsored by the European Union FP7 programme. The project is promoting sustainable agroforestry practices in Europe.

One way that we are promoting agroforestry is by working with 38 farmer stakeholder groups. The first item below presents an interactive map providing the location and full descriptions of these groups.

During the past few days, we have placed on the AGFORWARD website a report to quantify the extent of agroforestry across Europe using existing literature to gather the evidence. The second item of the newsletter describes some key conclusions regarding the coverage of agroforestry practices.

We also include links to two new stakeholder groups formed since the last newsletter. These groups focus on "bordure" trees and silvoarable systems in South-West France. There is also a brief description of a recent agroforestry conference in Paris, and news of two upcoming agroforestry meetings.

As in previous newsletters, if you have an interest in agroforestry, please join our AGFORWARD Facebook community, which continues to provide details of recent developments in European agroforestry.

With best wishes
Paul Burgess
AGFORWARD Project Co-ordinator


Mapping our research with groups across Europe

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During 2014, we established 38 agroforestry-focused stakeholder groups across Europe. These range from the montados system in Portugal, to the intercropping of orchards in Crete, to grazed orchards in Northern Ireland and reindeer husbandry in Sweden. The location of each group is presented in a web-based interactive map. By clicking on "Read more", you can access the map to find further details of a group near you.


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How much agroforestry in Europe?

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The European Corine Land Cover dataset identifies 3.3 million hectares of "agroforestry" in Europe. Michael den Herder (from the European Forest Institute) and others have recently completed a report on the extent of agroforestry in Europe by reviewing existing literature. The report indicates that the area of agroforestry is at least 10.6 million hectares, with a further 41.4 million hectares reported for reindeer herding. The map in the image shows the reported extent of agroforestry with fruit trees.

For the countries where agroforestry is reported, the area of 10.6 million hectares equates to 6.5% of the utilised agricultural area. The report identifies the extent of agroforestry using four categories: agroforestry of high nature and cultural value, agroforestry involving high value trees such as olive and fruit trees, and agroforestry for arable and livestock farms.

Although the report is missing data from some countries, it provides an initial distribution and quantification of European agroforestry. Future work will seek to add data from missing areas and focus on how datasets, such as the Land Use/Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (LUCAS), can aid the designation of agroforestry areas across Europe.


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"Bordure" trees in France

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AFAF and IDF in France have produced a stakeholder group report about "bordure" trees in France. This is a name given in France for trees outside of forests. It includes trees found in hedgerows, riparian forests, buffer strips (with woody vegetation) and wood edges.


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Agroforestry in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France

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AFAF and IDF have also met with an agroforestry stakeholder group in South-West France. Those present at the meeting highlighted the positive aspects of agroforestry in terms of wood and fruit production and soil conservation. The development of pollarding, training tools, and practical field demonstrations were highlighted.


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"Trees in Agriculture" Conference in Paris

The French Agroforestry Association (AFAF) with other partners, including the French Botanical Society, organised a successful two day agroforestry conference in Paris on Friday 20 March and Saturday 21 March 2015. Over 250 people attended the two day meeting including a large number of students.


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UK Woodfuel from Agroforestry Meeting (18-19 May)

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The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Farm Woodland Forum, based in the UK, will focus on "Woodfuel from Agroforestry". The meeting on 18-19 May 2015 is being hosted by the Organic Research Centre, a partner in the AGFORWARD project, at their research station in Berkshire, England. Further details can be found on the link below.


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Agroforestry Meeting in South America (12-17 July)

Embrapa (the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) is organising a World Congress on Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forest Systems in Brasilia, Brazil between 12 and 17 July 2015, and is seeking abstracts for presentations until 13 May. Is "integrated crop-livestock-forest systems" a different way of saying "agroforestry"?


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AGFORWARD on Facebook

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AGFORWARD has its own Facebook community. It can be accessed from the AGFORWRD web-page by clicking on the "Resources" tab. If you wish to keep up with agroforestry developments in Europe, please do link to our page.


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Contact Details

Paul Burgess, AGFORWARD Project Co-ordinator,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
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Kenisha Garnett, AGFORWARD Project Administrator,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL, UK
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Rosa Mosquera-Losada, AGFORWARD representative from the European Agroforestry Federation
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Fabien Liagre, Leader of the AGFORWARD dissemination work-package
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The AGFORWARD project (Grant Agreement N° 613520) is co-funded by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, within the 7th Framework Programme of RTD, Theme 2 - Biotechnologies, Agriculture & Food. The views and opinions expressed in this report are purely those of the writers and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.