In May 2019, Dr Ulrich Schmutz attended the 4th World Agroforestry Congress in Montpellier, France – the first time the congress was held in Europe. The congress (https://agroforestry2019.cirad.fr) has put Agroforestry firmly on the map, also in Europe and the EU. New areas were explored like linking Agroforestry better to Agroecology and having only certified organic production methods in Agroforestry.
The contribution of Agroforestry to achieving ‘Drawdown’ (drawing down greenhouse gas pollutants already in the atmosphere) was a major part of the keynote discussions.
The Montpellier Declaration was passed stating: “we, the 1200 delegates from 100 countries, agreed that the massive degradation of our world’s biodiversity documented in the recent IPBES [ www.ipbes.net ] report is principally due to poor agricultural practices. Agroforestry offers a key solution to remedy the situation…” Source: https://agroforestry2019.cirad.fr/content/download/4744/34532/version/2/file/Montpellier_Declaration_24052019_VEng.pdf