November 20, 2015

A survey on food security and biodiversity conservation

Jan HanspachLeuphana University Lueneburg

Landscape experts: we need your help. We are currently working on the development of a global theory that explains which characteristics of social-ecological systems benefit both biodiversity conservation and food security. Among other project components, we have designed a questionnaire that asks experts to share the…
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November 17, 2015

Type and send, WeFarm makes farming innovations available by free SMS

Kenny EwanWeFarm

Mobile technology can promote sustainable agriculture initiatives across borders and landscapes. The earth provides the human race with everything it needs to survive. Soil gives nutrients that grow our food, forests create oxygen for us to breathe, and rain provides enough water for plants and people. Tragically, …
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November 10, 2015

The Great Balancing Act of the 21st Century necessitates the Landscape Approach

Amanda GrossiSchool of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

As the curtains rise on the global development stage, the scene is set: A population swelling upwards of 7.3 billion people is occupying a world with finite space. These are the 7.3 billion actors who must choose what part to play in what might be titled The Great Balancing Act of the 21st century, where competing in…
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October 31, 2015

India’s climate tech revolution is starting in its villages

Lisa Palmer

From solar powered irrigation to handheld crop sensors, climate-smart villages are springing up across Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and other states Editors Note: This story was originally published in The Guardian online on October 12th, 2015. It is reposted here with the permission of the author. Camels pulling wo…
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October 24, 2015

Field Diary of Cocoa and Conservation in Bantaeng, Indonesia

Najemia TahiruddinRainforest Alliance

The Sulawesi bear cuscus is a vulnerable animal on the IUCN Red List found in only one part of Indonesia. In the past, farmers viewed cuscuses as pests and would hunt them. However, after receiving training from the Rainforest Alliance, local farmers are now taking action to protect this rare species. Editor's Note…
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October 22, 2015

Forests and humans, history of a renewed harmony

Olivier RousselleAgro Paris Tech University

This is a story that takes place in the French Alps and highlights the ties that have woven forests and humans for a century, along with the many services provided by forests. One century ago, in a desolate landscape... After the French Revolution, farming and industrialization led to massive deforestation in mountai…
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