Blog

04 May 2022

Study seeks to guide investors to mitigation opportunities in forests and agriculture

There is an urgent need to identify financing strategies for nature-positive investment opportunities.
16 February 2021

Trees alone don’t make a forest – the nonfungible role of fungi

A forests is more than the sum of its individual parts. Learning about mycorrhizal fungi reminds us there is more to forests than meets the eye, and we are still learning about their complexity. Looking at what is happening below the surface of forests is a refreshing, and necessary, shift in perspective that can help us move away from a narrow, essentialist perspective to a broader, more encompassing view.
10 December 2020

No super year for nature: Large-scale developments for infrastructure and mining could push forests over tipping point

As we reflect on 2020 - which was meant to be the "super year for nature" - we ask: how far have we come on protecting forests from rising global commodity demand and large-scale infrastructure development? Why has progress been so difficult to achieve, and who bears the cost of failure? And are the solutions staring us in the face?
01 August 2020

Towards better beans and a more sustainable cocoa sector

If you’ve had a piece of chocolate recently, there is a good chance the cocoa was grown in West Africa. The region produces over 80 percent of the world’s cocoa, which is farmed by nearly 2 million smallholders, who are living in extreme poverty. Our research showed, that improving their livelihoods (e.g. access to clean water, clinics, food security) is essential to addressing sustainability concerns.
15 June 2020

Another health crisis: German forests

As we are coping with a public health crisis, I spend a lot of time on our balcony looking at the sickly tree in our yard and can’t help but wonder about this other health crisis. It isn’t caused by a single virus but by weather extremes in combination with other environmental stressors and drivers of devastation. Looking at the statistics, forests all over Germany are in a bad state - with a risk of disappearing completely.
27 May 2020

Working through wicked problems: Coronavirus and implications for the future

“Wicked problems”, such as climate change or the Covid-19 pandemic, are the most complex challenges our societies face. Despite there being no single solution to such problems, it is clear that we need a total systems change and societal transformation or else the domino effects and feedback loops of wicked problems will perpetuate.
20 March 2020

Food for thought

Since Mid-March our team is working from home. The corona crisis gives us ample food for thought and time to reflect on our current situation. We have decided to share some of our reflections – related to the situation, our work, and climate change – on this blog. The first post deals with the impulse of hoarding food and explains why this is unnecessary and unsustainable.