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November 14, 2013

Climate Infographic Break: Trajectories for a Climate-Smart Paradigm

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

When it comes to climate change planning, we must remember that people live in the places where climate change mitigation happens. And those people have an obvious interest in the resilience of their natural and agricultural systems and their ability to adapt to a new climate regime. The graphic below, based on the recent article by […] ...
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November 13, 2013

The UNEP Emissions Gap Report and Climate-Smart Agriculture: ICRAF COP19 Side Event

There is a definite role for agriculture to play in climate change mitigation, but still far too little information on the scale of its potential contribution. This was the overriding message from yesterday’s COP 19 side event Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture: policies, development and mitigation potentials, hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The […] ...
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November 13, 2013

Recognizing Common Ground: Finding Meaning in Integrated Landscape Management

Rachel Friedman University of Queensland Seth Shames Sara Scherr

‘Landscape’ and related phrases such as ‘landscape approach’ are increasingly emerging in international policy, practice, and research discussions. At the first ever Global Landscapes Forum this weekend, during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP19) meeting in Warsaw, landscape concepts will be given a full airing before climate change ...
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November 12, 2013

Climate Infographic Break: Trees and Cows

In this infographic from Food Tank, the close relationship between livestock production and climate change is clearly illustrated. As the graphic notes, between 5 and 15% of New Zealand’s total emissions come from animal waste in livestock production! Deforestation for pasture expansion is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Silvopastoralism and other te ...
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November 11, 2013

A COP19 Must: Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in Climate Finance for Land Use

By Sara J. Scherr, President, EcoAgriculture Partners The UNFCCC 19th Conference of Parties starts today, and so the world gathers to discuss how to avoid further escalation of the climate crisis (mitigation), and how to deal with the problems we face on an already warming planet (adaptation). What we have learned over the past decade […] ...
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November 8, 2013

Wake Up Before It's Too Late: Rethinking the Food System to Mitigate Climate Change

A report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), compiled from the work of over 50 experts and subtitled “Wake Up Before It Is Too Late,” found much of the blame for persistently high green house emissions goes to agriculture. But agriculture is also the source of many promising mitigation strategies. The authors, […] ...
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November 6, 2013

Farming Carbon and Ecosystem Services in a Sunburnt Landscape

By Brenda Lin, Research Scientist, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia Discussing responses to climate change impacts often centers on mitigation or adaptation, yet as we’ve seen with integrated landscape management, the two are not mutually exclusive and often there are additional co-benefits from these actions. Today, Bren ...
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November 1, 2013

Healthy Soils for Healthy Landscapes

What goes on below the ground in a landscape is just as significant as the vegetation and crops above. Particularly in relation to climate change, the state of a landscape’s soil can not only affect how much carbon is stored both below and above ground, but also the system’s ability to adapt to future climatic […] ...
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