Creating an agroforestry website for decision-makers and stakeholders

A variety of lush trees form an intergrown area.
An example of a Marshallese agroforest, with breadfruit, papaya, and coconut. (Photo: MHaws)

Maria Haws and Kathleen Friday led an effort funded by PI-CASC several years ago to compile traditional agriculture and environmental knowledge of Marshall Islanders, and combine it with information on El Niño/La Niña effects in the region, to create a living web resource called “Agroforestry in the Climate of the Marshall Islands.” This “Green Dashboard” presents (in both English and Marshallese) climate information, background on coastal forests, and suggestions for planting and harvesting times as well as recommendations of salt and drought tolerant species to plant. The dashboard was created in conjunction with a University of Hawaiʻi “Blue Dashboard” website that highlights monthly climate data. Haws’ team has now published a paper in Pacific Asia Inquiry detailing the methods used in developing and maintaining the agroforestry website. Read the paper and explore the website of this unique Marshallese resource.