SmartWoodID: Revolutionizing Timber Identification
In the fight against illegal timber trade, precision is crucial. The Tervuren Wood Collection introduces SmartWoodID, a revolutionary database merging high-resolution scans with expert anatomical descriptions. This innovation promises to redefine wood identification through interactive keys and AI-powered systems. Covering a diverse range of African tree species, SmartWoodID becomes a powerful weapon against illegal logging.
Evidence of pre-historic structural wood use from central Africa
Evidence of ancient woodworking, pre-dating the first Homo sapiens, has been unearthed at an archaeological site in Zambia. The wooden structures were dated at almost 500,000 years old, most likely representing the world’s earliest-known wooden structure.
First comprehensive camera-trap assessment of terrestrial mammals in the Yangambi landscape
The Yangambi Biosphere reserve was created in 1976. However, baseline data to support sustainable management is lacking. An important report on wildlife populations of terrestrial mammals in the Yangambi Landscape was recently published by van Vliet et al. (2023).
One million trees (and growing) to electrify Yangambi [April 2021]
Since 2018, CIFOR-ICRAF and its partners including the RMCA are promoting forest landscape restoration in Yangambi. Their goal is to bring degraded land back to productivity to create green jobs, reactivate the local economy, enrich soils, and increase energy supply.
Our Planet, Our Future: 50 Years of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme "On the way to Kunming" [March 2021]
This 24 March 2021, from 1:00 to 5:30 pm, the UNESCO Forum on Biodiversity will be held publicly online and new objectives and commitments will be made for the coming decade. The programme will start by launching the celebration of the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme: A Different Way of Living Together on Earth.
The University of Liège (Belgium) plants a tree in the Luki reserve (DRC) for each new student [October 2020]
As a sign of its involvement in sustainable development, the University of Liège (Uliège, Belgium) decided to plant a tree on behalf of each of its new students. The project is driven by the Green Office of the University and scientists from the Forest is Life (TERRA/Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) research group. Image provided by the University of Liege © Jean Louis Doucet.