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AGFORWARD News: July 2017
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In this Newsletter:

Introduction

Agroforestry 2017 Conference

Practical Agroforestry in the UK and Ireland

Fourth General Assembly in Portugal

What is the effect of agroforestry on ecosystem services at a landscape scale?

Article about Agroforestry in the UK

Agroforestry Innovation Networks (AFINET)

AGFORWARD on Facebook

AGFORWARD on Twitter

European Agroforestry Federation Newsletter

Contact Details

Subscription Details


Introduction

The AGFORWARD project, sponsored by the European Commission, has had a busy three months. The aim of the project is to promote agroforestry across Europe and one of the most effective ways of doing this is to work with other groups and organisations. For example in June, here in the UK, we worked with the Woodland Trust, the Royal Forestry Society and the Soil Association on the Agroforestry 2017 Conference held at Cranfield University. We also supported the Farm Woodland Forum on delivering their meeting on "Practical agroforestry in the UK and Ireland".

Back in May, the AGFORWARD project had a productive fourth and final General Assembly meeting on an agroforestry farm near Montemor-o-Novo in Portugal. The project also continues to produce written outputs. Tobias Plieninger and Nora Fagenholm of the University of Copenhagen working with Tibi Hartel in Romania, and Fernando Pulido and Gerardo Moreno at the University of Extermadura in Spain have co-authored (with others) three academic papers describing the effects of agroforestry on ecosystem services (and particularly cultural services) at a landscape scale. Back in May, I also produced an article for the Quarterly Journal of Forestry explaining some of the key features regarding agroforestry in the UK.

As indicated earlier, the AGFORWARD project seeks to maximise its impact by working with others. AFINET is a new thematic network (supported by the European Commission) which provides opportunities to publicise some of the tools and resources produced in AGFORWARD. Lastly please continue to engage with AGFORWARD on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the European Agroforestry newsletter.

I hope that you have an enjoyable summer.

With best wishes

Paul Burgess
AGFORWARD Co-ordinator


Agroforestry 2017 Conference

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About 250 people attended the UK Agroforestry 2017 Conference at Cranfield University which was organised by the Woodland Trust, the Royal Forestry Society, and the Soil Association and supported by the AGFORWARD project. One of the highlights was a series of videos showing farmers practising agroforestry, and the same farmers then responded to questions. Speakers at the event, who are involved in the AGFORWARD project, included Patrick Worms and Tim Pagella (World Agroforestry Centre), Fabian Balaguer (French Agroforestry Association) and Paul Burgess (Cranfield). AGFORWARD working with the AFINET network also organised a surgery session featuring agroforestry products from around Europe.


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Practical Agroforestry in the UK and Ireland

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Immediately after the UK Agroforestry 2017 Conference, the UK Farm Woodland Forum also held its annual meeting entitled "Practical Agroforestry in the UK and Ireland" at Cranfield University. The meeting included presentations covering topics such as agroforestry policy, the woodland carbon code, and the decentralisation of food and energy production. This was followed by a field visit to the 52 ha organic apple tree and arable crop agroforestry system managed by Stephen and Lynn Briggs.


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Fourth General Assembly in Portugal

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The last and final General Assembly of the AGFORWARD project attracted more participants than any of the previous meetings. Hence the project is still growing although we can still all fit under the shade of one (large) tree! Working with the University of Lisbon, workshops were held on a working agroforestry farm managed by Alfredo Cunhal Sendim who was a welcoming and inspirational host.


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What is the effect of agroforestry on ecosystem services at a landscape scale?

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Tobias Plieninger and Nora Fagenholm of the University of Copenhagen have been working with Tibi Hartel in Romania and Franco Pulido and Gerardo Moreno at the University of Extermadura in Spain to determine the effects of agroforestry on ecosystem services. Three papers on this topic have now been published and pre-print electronic copies are available on the AGFORWARD website.

The titles of the first three papers are:
1) Assessing linkages between ecosystem services, land-use and well-being in an agroforestry landscape using public participation GIS,

2) Valuing scattered trees from wood-pastures by farmers in a traditional rural region of Eastern Europe, and

3) Stakeholder perspectives of wood-pasture ecosystem services: A case study from Iberian dehesas.


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Article about Agroforestry in the UK

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In addition to writing scientific reports, the project is also producing articles for a wider readership. One example is an article on "Agroforestry in the UK" for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Forestry Society.


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Agroforestry Innovation Networks (AFINET)

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As described in the last newsletter, AFINET is a new European thematic network. The aim of the network is to foster the exchange and the knowledge transfer regarding agroforestry between scientists and practitioners. The AFINET website is still being developed but the first "Regional Agroforestry Innovation Networks" are being created.


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AGFORWARD on Facebook

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If you want to keep up to date with the developments of the AGFORWARD project, please do join our Facebook page. It would great to reach a total of 1000 followers in the next few months!


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AGFORWARD on Twitter

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AGFORWARD is also on Twitter. Please join the conversations in under 140 characters!


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European Agroforestry Federation Newsletter

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The European Agroforestry Federation also produces its own newsletter which describes many of the agroforestry developments across Europe. Here is the link to the most recent copy:


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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.