Landscapes Blog

January 13, 2016

Palm Oil – the long road of the RSPO standard toward impact

Helga Rainer Arcus Foundation Denis Ruysschaert

Tropical forests are declining at about 1% a year, mainly due to industrial agricultural production. Sustainability standards have fallen short and need to engage local actors much more effectively to slow this deforestation. Editor’s Note: This article is based on a chapter of the new book State of the Apes: Industrial Agriculture and Ape Conservation, […] ...
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September 29, 2015

Solar Energy in Egypt for Agriculture, Business and Social Development

Christine Arlt SEKEM Initiative

The ancient Egyptians developed the first means for using solar thermal energy by designing their buildings in architecturally appropriate ways. Today, thousands of years later, the conscious use of renewable energy is more important than ever. That’s why the Egyptian SEKEM Initiative has installed a number of solar panels on roofs, in fields, and even in […] ...
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July 21, 2015

From vision to action, responsible soy is now on the map

Jimena Couto Round Table on Responsible Soy Verónica Chorkulak

Biodiversity loss is more than just a hot topic. It is climate change, habitat destruction, global warming, endangered species… a complete change in the world we live in, and therefore, in the way we live it. As the world’s population keeps growing, we pressure the planet’s resources. There are more mouths to feed and more people […] ...
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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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August 1, 2014

Close to Home: Exploring Three of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

This blog often focuses on the geographies and management techniques of faraway (from our headquarters in Washington, DC) lands like the Eastern High Atlas of Morocco or Northern Tanzania’s culturally and ecologically unique Maasai Steppe Heartlands. But, this week, EcoAgriculture Partners’ staff ventured out into the field to explore several landscapes closer to our home ...
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