Landscapes Blog

February 21, 2017

For all of us – the Yewol Mountains of Ethiopia

Joanna Kane-Potaka ICRISAT

In the highlands of northern Ethiopia, farming families often live a very basic subsistence lifestyle. In the drought years, which are common, food and water is scarce. Severe soil erosion plagues the Yewol watershed highlands and there are extreme dry periods each year. There was little water management in the past and so water is […] ...
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December 27, 2016

Recent innovations are closing the gap between conservation and finance sectors, potentially unlocking billions for nature

Baud Schoenmaeckers Synergos Communicatie

How to connect the worlds of finance and biodiversity for the good of nature and people? This was the theme around which the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs organized two sessions in Cancun, named Greening finance & Financing Green. After the sessions, the gap is not closed but as one of the participants said, “there is […] ...
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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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December 16, 2016

Financing green: Bridging the gap between sustainable landscapes and investors

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

Trillions of dollars are available in funds to stop deforestation, reverse degradation, and integrate agriculture in the landscape. ...
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October 16, 2016

Five resources to help you get climate-smart this World Food Day

A changing climate has put agricultural landscapes at risk, but integrated solutions hold the promise of adaptation and mitigation. These five resources are a great start to understanding what a climate-smart food system will look like. Share them using the hashtag #WFD2016. 1. The CSA Guide: Climate-smart agriculture 101 This beautifully-designed website provides a very compr ...
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October 10, 2016

Out of bed and seeing progress on the SDGs

Martin Harper Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

I emerged from my sick-bed last week to attend an event at the Zoological Society of London – Natural Partners: integrating development and environment to deliver sustainable development. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) had joined forces with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Christian Aid and […] ...
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August 23, 2016

Leading global sustainable agriculture organization Solidaridad becomes co-organizer of LPFN

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is pleased to announce that Solidaridad has stepped up its engagement in promoting and strengthening integrated agricultural landscape management by becoming a co-organizer of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN). Solidaridad has begun a learning journey with the launch of seven new landscape program ...
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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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April 21, 2016

Harnessing the power of crop wild relatives for pulse improvement

Nik Tyack CWR Diversity

Pulses, annual leguminous crops that include lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, have nutritious value as a low-fat source of protein and fiber. They help to increase soil fertility by virtue of their nitrogen-fixing properties, and generally have a lower water footprint compared to most other protein sources. As valuable as current pulse varieties are, however, […] ...
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April 15, 2016

On Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at the UN ECOSOC Partnership Forum

Melissa Thaxton EcoAgriculture Partners

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative raises its voice at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum, 31 March 2016. Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the EcoAgriculture Blog. It is reposted here with permission. Last week I attended the UN ECOSOC Partnership Forum — organized around the theme […] ...
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