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October 8, 2014

Hope for Human-Altered Landscapes in Southern Bangladesh

Md. Abdullah Al Mamun, REEP Green Solutions

Flood control measures do more harm than good for local fishers Bangladesh is a watershed-based country with dynamic ecosystems—including floodplains and wetlands—that are experiencing biodiversity losses and degradation. Since the 1970s, the government of Bangladesh has encouraged the draining of wetlands and established embankments to protect farmlands and houses from devastating floods. This crop-focused development […]

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October 6, 2014

The True Tradeoff: Continually Rising Human Populations or Healthy Biodiversity and Ecosystems

J. Hal Michael Jr.Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

Tension between human population growth and natural resources is not sustainable Sustainability in the long term requires explicitly dealing with the conflict between a growing human population and natural resources. I have encountered this throughout my 34-year career in cold water fish research, natural resource management, ecosystem assessment, habitat restoration, and aquaculture. Throughout these years, […]

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October 4, 2014

Climate Change Adaptation: It’s Not all Doom and Gloom

Editor’s note: The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released a report that takes a refreshingly optimistic look at climate change adaptation in Africa. Whereas adaptation is often viewed as a last-ditch effort to combat climate-driven changes in the landscape, this new report highlights its potential to support new business endeavors and as a way to build community resilience. Richard Munang, UNEP’s […]

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October 3, 2014

Four Things I Learned From the Equator Prize Award Ceremony

Margie MillerEcoAgriculture Partners

Last month, I blogged about the Equator Prize, which honors community-based groups for achievements in “advancing local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Today I’m going to share four things I learned at the award ceremony, which took place September 20th.  Jane Goodall hasn’t heard of the landscape approach…but she practices it. […]

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October 1, 2014

Practical Approaches to Integrating Community Based Adaptation in Local Planning in Northern Ghana

Nikolaj Boutrup Møller, ALP Ghana/CARE Denmark

Integrating community based adaptation activities into local- and district-level plans is considered one of the most effective ways to support vulnerable communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. However, practical approaches for integration that reflect the realities and priorities of the communities on the ground have always been a challenge. Fighting food insecurity with […]

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September 29, 2014

Unraveling the ‘Landscape Approach’—Are We on the Right Track?

Roderick ZagtTropenbos International Nick PasiecznikILEIA

“We know what needs to done, and how, but we are not sure how to explain it”—this was the predominant sentiment that lingered after the seminar ‘Unraveling the landscape approach – are we on the right track?‘ held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 17 September 2014. Four presenters and three panelists tried their hand at […]

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