IbN # 2 - André Mildam
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´´In one way, their (the indigenous people) culture is helping conserve the forest because their use of the forest is less intensive and on the other hand, the forest could help preserve their culture´´.
My guest in this episode is André Mildam, Country Co-ordinator and advisor for the organisation Forests of the World (In Danish; Verdens Skove). Forests of the World is a Danish environmental organisation founded in 1982, striving towards a mission to conserve and strengthen areas with rich and diverse forests around the world.
This episode focuses on the international work of Forests of the World, where they currently work to conserve one of the greatest forests of them all - the rainforest spanning Central and South America. They currently achieve this by running projects alongside partner organisations in Honduras, Panama, Bolivia and Nicaragua.
André himself has been stationed twice through the organisation, first in Honduras and later on in Bolivia. He himself admits that when he first got hired by Forests of the World, he did not possess any specific knowledge about forests. Now after 12 years with the organisation, he possesses a profound expertise, which was only aided through his work in Central and Southern America. Here, he has seen first-hand the extent of deforestation and the on-going problems in the rainforest.
Furthermore, André has a M.Sc in Economics and Business Administration, which he utilises when working closely with the rights of indigenous people, local farmers, companies and other organisations. All through his work he endeavours to answer the question:
“How can we make the rainforest sufficiently valuable in a sustainable way in order to conserve the home for millions of indigenous people as well as the immense biodiversity that it provides?”
So listen to the interview, as André talks us through the various solutions that Forests of the World are implementing in their work for conserving the rainforest. He touches upon the importance of creating value chains for the rainforest, the importance of implementing agroforestry and the importance of securing sufficient rights for the indigenous people in their own areas. André finishes off the interview by giving his recommendations and suggestions of what we can do in order to live more sustainably and help secure a climate friendly political agenda.
To save the rainforest is not only for hippies.
The last rainforest.
Read more about the problem of deforestation in the rainforest, the causes, impacts and what some other organisations are trying to do to prevent it:
If you want to dig deeper into the issues and challenges that forests are facing across the planet then you can download and read the State of the World's Forests (SOFO) report from 2016:
State of the World’s Forests 2016: Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities
Sites where Forests of the World are active in Bolivia and Honduras
There are approximately 370 million indigenous people around the world who are resident in areas containing an estimated 80% of the worlds biodiversity. If you want to find a few facts on indigenous people as well as a link to the United Nations declaration on their rights then visit Cultural Survival.
We talked on this episode about the importance of using FSC (Forest Stewardship Counsil) certified wood. If you want to know more about this way of securing a responsible use of the world's forests you can check out their homepage.
Also agroforestry, a system where trees or shrubs are grown in areas used for agricultural crops or animals, was mentioned as a way to enhance a sustainable use of the forest areas. Some good notes on agroforestry can be found through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN or even through Wikipedia.
Why is it important for the survival of the rainforest to preserve the rights of the indigenous people? Listen as André Mildam from the organisation Forest of the World talks about their work with conserving the rainforest in Central and South America.
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