December 17, 2014

Bearing the fruit of action: Gender-responsive participatory research and collective management of Native Fruit Trees

Narasimha HegdeLIFE Trust Hugo A. H. LamersBioversity International Marlene EliasBioversity International

“For the first time in our village, women of different ethnic and caste groups decided to form a women’s group called Matrabhoomi (Mothers’ land) and started producing kokum juice concentrate. We managed with great success, as the first batch of 350 liters was well received by shopkeepers as a natural product of high quality. Throughout […]

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December 16, 2014

Bottom up! Linking local plans to the big picture demands

Nadia BergaminiBioversity International Camilla ZanzanainiBioversity International

When we talk about large-scale landscape initiatives, one of the biggest risks is losing out on the detail. How do we continue to take into account the intricate dynamics between people and nature as we go bigger and bigger? Many large-scale initiatives can be quite top-down, while most people living in a landscape see things […]

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December 15, 2014

Building Resilience Among the Most Vulnerable Populations

Eva FillionEcoAgriculture Partners

Whether we like it or not, communities around the world are now in the position of being forced to adapt to the inevitable effects of a changing climate. Sure, reducing emissions and taking similar measures to slow human-driven sources of climate change are still at the forefront of research, but we must also face the […]

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December 11, 2014

What is the Socio-Cultural and Economic Value of Mediterranean Mountain Agriculture?

Alberto BernuesNorwegian University of Life Sciences

Traditional agricultural activities have suffered a notorious recession in recent decades in many Euro-Mediterranean regions. This recession originated in changes in the type and intensity of land utilization, such as intensification of the management system, reduction of grazing and abandonment of remote rangeland areas. Consequently, a general process of vegetation encroachment and landscape closure is […]

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December 10, 2014

We Cannot Learn from Habitat Restoration without Funding Monitoring

Sacha JellinekCenter of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

Large-scale land interventions such as habitat restoration and revegetation of previously cleared landscapes are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. In many cases these initiatives seek to protect and where possible increase biodiversity while maintaining agricultural productivity. There are many positives to these projects, such as engaging landholders in habitat protection and rehabilitation, and increasing […]

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December 9, 2014

A Gabion Named Marcelino: A Story of Cross-Border Land Restoration

Tom BarryCenter for International Policy

Several kilometers south of the U.S.-Mexico border is a gabion dam commemorating Marcelino Alfaro. A decade ago Alfaro didn’t know what a gabion was. But on the January morning in 2014 that Alfaro suffered a fatal heart attack, the seventy-something leader of the Ejido 18 de Agosto was inspecting the gabions (rock-filled baskets formed by […]

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