December 23, 2014

Advancing the role of natural regeneration in large-scale forest restoration

Robin ChazdonPARTNERS

The global restoration movement is rapidly galvanizing widespread support from multiple sectors of society. As discussed in a recent blog by Peter Besseau, the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration is leading the way forward with national and subnational assessments of cost-effective restoration opportunities.  Agricultural productivity, rural livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, landscape connectivity, climate mitigation, […]

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December 22, 2014

Global agriculture and carbon trade-offs

Krista HeinerEcoAgriculture Partners

By 2050, the United Nations estimates the global population will exceed 9 billion people and world food demand will grow by about 70% from 2000. Agricultural production can be increased through intensification, which reduces the spread of agriculture to new land through increased use of fertilizer, pesticide and water inputs, shorter fallow periods, and improved […]

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December 19, 2014

Getting everyone to invest in integrated landscape initiatives

Gabrielle KissingerLexeme Consulting

In the Lake Naivasha, Kenya region, lake water levels reached an all-time low in 2009, stirring a crisis and motivating a range of stakeholders to take action. The stress on local ecosystem services was nothing new—water scarcity, deforestation, degraded pastures, and pollution from poor agricultural practices was increasingly apparent, due in part to the population […]

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December 17, 2014

Bearing the fruit of action: Gender-responsive participatory research and collective management of Native Fruit Trees

Narasimha HegdeLIFE Trust Hugo A. H. LamersBioversity International Marlene EliasBioversity International

“For the first time in our village, women of different ethnic and caste groups decided to form a women’s group called Matrabhoomi (Mothers’ land) and started producing kokum juice concentrate. We managed with great success, as the first batch of 350 liters was well received by shopkeepers as a natural product of high quality. Throughout […]

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December 16, 2014

Bottom up! Linking local plans to the big picture demands

Nadia BergaminiBioversity International Camilla ZanzanainiBioversity International

When we talk about large-scale landscape initiatives, one of the biggest risks is losing out on the detail. How do we continue to take into account the intricate dynamics between people and nature as we go bigger and bigger? Many large-scale initiatives can be quite top-down, while most people living in a landscape see things […]

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December 15, 2014

Building Resilience Among the Most Vulnerable Populations

Eva FillionEcoAgriculture Partners

Whether we like it or not, communities around the world are now in the position of being forced to adapt to the inevitable effects of a changing climate. Sure, reducing emissions and taking similar measures to slow human-driven sources of climate change are still at the forefront of research, but we must also face the […]

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