How trees and water fuel sustainable communities

Podcast reveals the relationship between trees, forests and water
The baron beach, Indonesia. Photo by Faizal Abdul Aziz/CIFOR

Podcast reveals the relationship between trees, forests and water

This podcast will take you into the underground river hidden beneath the karst ecosystem and limestone in the cultural heartland of Yogyakarta, one of the driest areas on the island of Java, Indonesia. Ani Adiwinata Nawir, a scientist working with the Kanoppi Project in CIFOR, shares her experience conducting research on this underground landscape. She highlights the abundance of underground water resources in this unique ecosystem, demonstrating that they have not been utilized optimally to help local communities operate more intensive aboveground agriculture and agroforestry practices. This research has been implemented through the Kanoppi Project, a CIFOR and ICRAF joint research project funded by the ACIAR (Australian Center for Agricultural Research).

From Africa, ICRAF Theme Leader of the Water Management Unit Malesu Maimbo shares the importance of landscapes management in maintaining the balance between water catchment function and agriculture. Trees offer the best option for capturing and using rainwater for the production of such high value products as timber, fodder, fruit, medicine and food. He highlights the link between trees, forests and water, especially his work to enhance green water harvesting—storing more rainwater in the soil—throughout the African continent, including in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali and Niger. The work was undertaken through the Drylands Development Programme (DryDev), funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and World Vision Australia.


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