Tree love this Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Forests News asked staff at Center for International Forestry Research Center (CIFOR) about their true love. Here’s what they had to say:

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Robert Nasi, Director-General of CIFOR

My one tree love is the baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) – A giant that grows upside down, stores water when there is none, whose fruits and leaves are edible, whose bark is medicinal. Simply beautiful in its tormented figure.

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Himlal BaralSenior Scientist – Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development

I love the tamanu tree because it provides multiple values to humans as well as the environment. The tamanu tree gives a home to bees who make us honey, provides essential oils with medicinal healing and beauty properties, provides energy as it is a good source of biodiesel, and gives us valuable wood, all whilst growing on degraded land and restoring it at the same time …

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