"The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis"
St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne
This year's annual Science Week at the Cathedral (St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne) will feature the revolutionary work of Australian missionary agronomist Tony Rinaudo.
Millions of hectares of Africa have been regenerated through Tony's work, which now promises to be a significant part of the solution to climate change.
Science Week at the Cathedral is a partnership between St Paul's and ISCAST.
The cost for this event is $10 or $5 for students. School groups can arrange a fixed-price block booking for $100 by contacting ISCAST: ContactISCAST@ISCAST.org.
Register now by following this link.
In the event of COVID restrictions preventing attendance at the Cathedral, the event will be livestreamed via Zoom or YouTube, and all registered participants will receive the access link by email prior to 10 am on the day of the event.
Who is Tony Rinaudo?
Tony is a fellow of ISCAST and is Senior Climate Action Advisor for World Vision. He is also known more famously as The Forest Maker for his work enabling the transformation of millions of hectares of dry land in Niger. For many people, Tony is an environmental hero, after making a positive impact on food security, and environmental sustainability and resilience for thousands of vulnerable communities around the world.
Tony is a Natural Resources Management Specialist and agronomist who has worked for World Vision for a number of years. Tony’s quite the green thumb, with a list of achievements in developing and promoting agricultural-forestry-pastoral systems. This has resulted in him being nominated for, and winning several international awards.
Over 25 years ago, with the help of the local farmers in Niger, Tony began implementing a conservation farming system which we know as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). This approach has been so successful that it has been applied in at least 24 African countries.
FMNR is the management of existing tree stumps and roots that still grow even in degraded landscapes. Thanks to the protection and care of the shoots through specially crafted methodology, the original tree population can be regenerated without major financial costs.
An interview by Chris Mulherin with Tony can be found here on the ISCAST site.
Photo credit: World Vision Australia