Blog for People, Food and Nature

September 28, 2012

A Protected Planet Report

Set at the last Convention on Biological Diversity, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set goals out to the year 2020. A new report released by the IUCN and United Nations Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre addresses Target 11 – properly conserving 17 percent of terrestrial ecoregions and 10 percent of marine ecoregions by 2020. One of […] ...
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September 26, 2012

Motivating Management for Ecosystem Services

Tobias Plieninger University of Copenhagen

The Landscapes Blog has been focusing attention on biodiversity this month and in the lead-up to the Convention on Biological Diversity in October. Dr. Tobias Plieninger, Head of the Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, rejoins the Landscapes Blog to report on a recent article on landowner motivations to [& ...
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September 25, 2012

When Biodiversity Pays the Bills

With a focus on biodiversity in the lead up to the CBD next month, this week the Landscapes Blog takes a closer look at the motivations behind conserving the ecosystem services provided by agricultural landscapes. A pilot project in Uganda, just entering its initial stages, is seeking to assess the effectiveness of incentive payments as […] ...
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September 21, 2012

On the Road to a Climate-Smart Future

Back at the beginning of September, around 400 participants convened in Vietnam, representing more than 150 countries, and including at least half of developing country ministries of agriculture. The Global Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change Conference held in Hanoi was convened by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Socialist Republic of [&hell ...
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September 19, 2012

Big Farms, Small Farms, and Biodiversity

With the IUCN World Conservation Congress complete and the Convention on Biological Diversity still ahead, the Landscapes Blog turns toward focusing on issues of agriculture and biodiversity. A new study in the journal Ecology Letters describes the bird diversity within Costa Rican agricultural landscapes. Lead author Daniel Karp, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University, sh ...
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September 17, 2012

Biodiversity on the Horizon

2012 is coming to a close with some fanfare, and major events on the horizon provide exciting opportunities to give voice to the nexus of sustainable agriculture, conservation, and rural livelihoods. The 11th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11), occurring every other year, takes place from 8-19 October in Hyderabad, […] ...
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September 13, 2012

Bringing Conservation and Agriculture Together

Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Co-Organizer, Bioversity International has been participating in the  IUCN World Conservation Congress,  in Korea. Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International participated in the session: ‘From Competition to Collaboration between Agriculture and Conservation. In a blog post originally on the Bioversity ...
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September 12, 2012

World Leaders on Food and Nature

One of the themes of the IUCN World Conservation Congress is Nature+Food. The World Leaders Dialogue on the topic this past Saturday set out to address the overarching question, ‘can we feed a growing population in a sustainable manner?’ The discussion centered largely around agricultural production, with broad-brush strokes on topics like livestock and changing [&h ...
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September 10, 2012

Bringing Knowledge Diversity to Landscape Governance

Moving into the fifth day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, today’s events include many focused on Indigenous Peoples rights and management of natural resources. Pernilla Malmer,  Senior Advisor on Agriculture and Biodiversity with The Resilience and Development Programme – SwedBio- at Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) in Sweden, reports some of the recent effo ...
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September 7, 2012

Nature + People and Food

Moving rapidly from climate change and agriculture, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress began yesterday morning in Jeju, South Korea. With this year’s theme ‘Nature +’ the Congress is looking beyond conservation and environmental protection, to the interplay between human needs and activities and the natural world ...
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