July 2, 2015

Protecting Endangered Plants, One Taboo at a time: traditional practices and conservation

Diana QuirozNaturalis Biodiversity Center

The iroko (Milicia excelsa) is one of West Africa’s most iconic trees. It is a sacred tree in many of the areas where it occurs. In Benin, people call Him “the king of the forest” and hence address Him with respect. For the past five years, our team has studied plant use in West Africa […]

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June 30, 2015

Producer Movements in Integrated Landscape Management

David King

You can have a great idea, but it goes nowhere without someone on the ground to put it into practice. In the case of sustainable land management that means motivated farmers. At the landscape level that means producer movements with the capacity to engage in dialogue and action to integrate agriculture, rural development and environmental […]

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June 25, 2015

Rwandan Stakeholders Enact Plan to Facilitate Integrated Landscape Practices

David KuriaKijabe Environmental Volunteers (KENVO)

In an effort to combat ‘silo thinking’, stakeholders in Rwanda create a multifaceted approach targeting governance, research, investment and ground-level activities. The concept of Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) is gaining popularity across East Africa. Policy makers, development partners and field practitioners have begun to appreciate the fact that working in ‘silos’ will not do much in providing solutions […]

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June 23, 2015

Coffee’s Other Ingredient and Why It Matters

Paul CebulReach Trade

Coffee is a golden bean that awakens drinkers and economies around the world. However, like all good things, its production comes at a cost much more profound, and lasting, than the depths of our pocketbooks. We all love coffee. Even if you don’t drink it, I’m sure you’re well aware of its power to make […]

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June 19, 2015

Finance Leaders Pioneer Investment Coordination for Sustainable Landscapes

Seth ShamesEcoAgriculture Partners

How can private investors help dairy farmers, mushroom growers, and AIDS orphans lift themselves out of poverty and protect their environment? In a sense, this question was at the center of two LPFN-organized events at the Global Landscapes Forum: the Investment Case event in London last week. Each of these groups, small-scale dairy farmers, mushroom growers, […]

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June 10, 2015

Harvesting Under Fear

Anne-Sophie GindrozRights and Resources Initiative

A new measure by the Indonesian Government to give some state protected areas back to communities for management seeks to change local farmers’ lives. But how permanent is it? They harvested their coffee during the dead of the night, using the faint light from their mobile phones to guide them, trying not to get caught […]

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