Landscapes Blog

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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June 17, 2016

Jurisdictional sustainability: connecting supply chains to landscapes

Catherine Rothacker EcoAgriculture Partners

Jurisdictional approaches are emerging as a promising model of landscape partnership. Landscape partnerships take many forms: regional watershed stewardship, private sector initiatives to generate shared value, indigenous traditional systems, etc. Jurisdictional sustainability approaches are distinct in that they specifically operate across an entire political geography such ...
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March 16, 2016

The Aynoka Landscape of Peru, where communities are protecting quinoa diversity

Alexander Wankel Pachakuti Foods Lindsey Hethcote

Before it was on the shelves of Whole Foods, quinoa was being abandoned in most parts of the Andes as an unwanted “food of the poor.” However, the Lake Titicaca region of Peru endured as a hotspot of quinoa cultivation and diversity. Why? According to the Food and Argiculture Organization of the United Nations, quinoa “continued […] ...
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April 27, 2015

Felines in trouble: a Brazilian scenario

Rodrigo Cambará Printes Brazilian Institute for Biodiversity Conservation Larissa Rosa de Oliveira Francine Schulz

Carnivores, such as large cats, are extremely important to maintain the ecological equilibrium in areas because they guarantee the diversity and resiliency of ecosystems. As predators, large cats can help control herbivore populations. Also, large cats usually leave behind a great part of their prey for several reasons, including providing food for scavenger and decomposer [&he ...
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April 23, 2015

The African oil palm in Bahia, Brazil: Past, present, and potential of an Afro-Brazilian landscape

Case Watkins Louisiana State University

In 1991, the Secretary of Culture in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia officially designated an eighty-kilometer strip of its Atlantic shores as the Costa do Dendê, or Palm Oil Coast, in a formal nod to the dense stands of African oil palms that had come to dominate local landscapes. Part of a broader initiative […] ...
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February 16, 2015

Livelihood outcomes of payment for ecosystem services in Ecuadorian highland Andean grasslands

Leah Bremer Natural Capital Project University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Kathleen A. Farley

In Latin America and around the world, payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs represents a growing approach to conservation. In many cases, these programs aim to tackle social and environmental goals at the same time through, for example, improving the livelihoods of farmers while also encouraging more sustainable land-use practices. Ecuador’s SocioBosque program, a na ...
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December 8, 2014

How can we manage ecosystem services for development outcomes? The case of the Cañete River Basin

Marcela Quintero International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Sarah Jones

Earlier this month, the CGIAR research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems published an Ecosystem Service and Resilience (ESR) Framework presenting an approach for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to create multi-functional landscapes that sustain production, livelihoods, and human well-being. What does this mean for communities living in rural landscapes? The ...
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November 21, 2014

A Story of Coffee, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Pico Duarte Region of the Dominican Republic

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

The Pico Duarte Coffee Region and surrounding Madres de Las Aguas (Mother of Waters) Conservation Area are areas of critical ecological, economic, and social importance to the people of the Dominican Republic. During the 2000s, much attention was paid to the establishment of protected areas in this Caribbean island nation for the conservation of biodiversity […] ...
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November 7, 2014

Preserving Evolutionary History Alongside Tropical Agriculture

Daniel Karp University of California, Berkeley The Nature Conservancy Luke Owen Frishkoff

How to feed an ever-growing human population while simultaneously preserving Earth’s biodiversity is a major global challenge. Accomplishing both of these goals requires that we understand the potential for agricultural landscapes to harbor biodiversity. In tropical Costa Rica, where we do the majority of our fieldwork, landscapes are extremely heterogeneous. Agriculture can ...
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September 10, 2014

Spatial-Temporal Monitoring of Land Use Change in Brazil

Victor Coelho, Pernambuco Federal University/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Changes in land use caused by human actions have generated major impacts on the landscape, including the substitution of natural areas for diverse uses and the fragmentation of forested areas. These impacts can be mitigated by land use and land cover monitoring, which uses spatial-temporal information to track changes occurring in the landscape. Currently, the […] ...
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