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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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March 15, 2016

Sandbar cropping in Bangladesh, an innovative technology solution for millions

AZM Nazmul Islam Chowdhury Practical Action Bangladesh

E.F. Schumacher, an economist who founded Practical Action, wanted to help expand aid programs through technology. Fueled by the idea of developing and promoting appropriate technology to reach a greater segment of the underprivileged population of the world, he published an article in The Observer, on August 29, 1965 titled “How to help them help themselves.” […] ...
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December 11, 2015

Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature, Part 2

Gaurav Madan Rights and Resources Initiative

While receiving community titles has kindled a cautious feeling of security among villagers, the politics surrounding protected areas continues to be precarious. Editor’s Note: Read the first part of this series, ‘Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature’, here It is estimated that communities live in more than two-thirds of India’s protected areas. Since their l ...
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December 10, 2015

Securing Dignity, Sustaining Nature, Part 1

Gaurav Madan Rights and Resources Initiative

In the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in India, everyday life and culture are deeply intertwined with the surrounding environment, which is reflected in local knowledge of the area’s vegetation and biodiversity. My several-hour journey into the heart of the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in Odisha began in Jashipur, a small but bustling town on the edge of […] ...
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December 4, 2015

Grassroots forest management in Xinqi

Sander van de Moortel World Agroforestry Centre

Once crippled by rampant deforestation, this Chinese village organized to reinvigorate the landscape, and raise the quality of life, through sustainable forest management. Entering Xinqi (新岐), a small settlement near the Burmese border in southwestern China, is an experience unlike arriving in any other Chinese village. Surrounded by lush green mountains, the village immedi ...
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December 3, 2015

Transboundary landscape management in the Kailash Sacred Landscape

Corinna Wallrapp Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Among the peaks of the Chinese Tibetan Autonomous Region highland lies one of the most venerated sites in the world—Mount Kailash Located in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, this sacred mountain has held a status of utmost importance for many different religious groups for thousands of years. Every year, a […] ...
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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 wooden carts loaded with coconuts plod down the main road amid [&h ...
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October 24, 2015

Field Diary of Cocoa and Conservation in Bantaeng, Indonesia

Najemia Tahiruddin Rainforest 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: The following […] ...
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September 12, 2015

Biogas for Cambodian Farmers reduces emissions and inputs of agrochemicals

Jakob Assmann Polarstern

A German company, a Dutch development organization, and the Cambodian government work with smallholder farmers to turn livestock waste into light and fuel. All around the world, both advocates and opponents of renewable energies are looking at Germany and its Energiewende, German for ‘energy transition.’ Since the late 1990s, the country has embarked on a […] ...
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September 2, 2015

Sustainable Agriculture in China, Then and Now

Seth Cook IIED

The environmental impacts of China’s agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. Editor’s note: In the last few decades, East and Southeast Asia used rapid agriculture expansion to grow national economies. This strategy initially paid off big, but overexploitation of key natural resources quickly threatened profitability, and caused ...
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