Blog for People, Food and Nature

December 20, 2016

Waste not: How businesses can turn a profit from poo

Krishna Chaitanya Rao, IWMI Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, IWMI Miriam Otoo, IWMI

As part of WLE’s partnership with The Economist Events’ Sustainability Summit this March in London, the Thrive blog published a series of posts that discussed the role science plays in catalyzing shifts toward sustainability in the private sector and beyond. In this blog post, Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy and Krishna C Rao, of the International Water Management Ins ...
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December 19, 2016

Four unexplored big wins in agriculture: tackling climate change through landscape restoration

Georgina Smith, CIAT

At the Global Landscapes Forum in Marrakech in November, CIAT and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems co-hosted a session titled, “Unexplored big wins for climate change through landscape restoration.” This blog post presents the key messages from that event. It originally appeared on the CIAT blog and we are re-publishing it here as […] ...
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November 8, 2016

Characterizing the landscape approach across Europe

María García-Martín University of Freiburg Claudia Bieling Tobias Plieninger

HERCULES project helps demonstrate how landscape initiatives in Europe foster the integrated management of the landscapes where they act. The landscape approach is gaining attention all over the world as a way of addressing the complexity that the integrated management of the land requires. This approach is characterized by its holistic understanding of the land (considering ...
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August 4, 2016

Shared value in supply chains as a step toward landscape management

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Achieving rural development, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation goals through integrated landscape management is a complex, long-term investment for stakeholders—how can the private sector, government, and civil society take steps to make this transformational approach a reality and provide benefits to stakeholders in the near term? A collaboration among ...
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July 28, 2016

Four lessons for private sector engagement from the Sustainable Landscapes Partnership

Simon Badcock Conservation International Catherine Rothacker

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, a complex mosaic of land uses, values and challenges, Conservation International (CI) is working with USAID and the Walton Family Foundation on the Sustainable Landscapes Partnership. This article is the second in a series of stories about landscape partnerships that effectively include private sector actors that were showcased at the Business ...
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July 20, 2016

Mato Grosso links agribusiness supply chains to landscapes through jurisdictional sustainability

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Mato Grosso, the agricultural giant Brazilian state, has traded in a race to the bottom for a leading role testing and implementing a jurisdictional sustainability governance model. This article is the first in a series of stories about landscape partnerships that effectively include private sector actors that were showcased at the Business for Sustainable Landscapes Work ...
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July 14, 2016

The landscape approach: How did we get here and where do we want to go? Just ask Darwin!

James Reed CIFOR Terry C.H. Sunderland

Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and survival of the fittest were initially derided and rejected, leading Darwin himself to delay the publication of his seminal text, On the Origin of Species. Yet today, his theories are commonly accepted as principles that explain the diversity of life on Earth as the product of millions of […] ...
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July 6, 2016

Current agricultural practices stand in the way of sustainability: It’s past time to diversify

Emile Frison Bioversity International Fabrice A.J. DeClerck

The over-reliance on chemicals, fertilizers and mono-cropping is the primary driver of environmental degradation on the planet—it’s agriculture’s dirty secret. The evidence for this is now overwhelming: today’s agricultural practices are a key contributor to rampant biodiversity losses, degradation of some 20 percent of global land, and 30 percent of global greenhouse ...
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June 11, 2016

Four science-backed suggestions for sustainable landscape investments

Marianne Gadeberg

Interest in investing in sustainability is on the rise. With the Paris Climate Agreement and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals last year, the political demand to further sustainability across sectors and scales is stronger than ever- a fact that is reflected in current investment trends.Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment […] ...
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May 11, 2016

Agriculture or Forest? Studying Tree Cultivation in West Java, Indonesia

Syed Ajijur Rahman University of Copenhagen, Bangor University, and CIFOR

Small-scale farmers in Indonesia boast a number of agroforestry systems that integrate biophysical and socio-economic functions. In Gunung Salak Valley, West Java, farmers have a range of agroforestry practices that can be classified into five systems: home gardens, fruit tree systems, timber tree systems, mixed fruit-timber systems, and cropping in the forest understory. Altho ...
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