Landscapes Blog

July 28, 2016

Four lessons for private sector engagement from the Sustainable Landscapes Partnership

Simon BadcockConservation InternationalCatherine RothackerEcoAgriculture Partners

In North Sumatra, Indonesia, a complex mosaic of land uses, values and challenges, Conservation International (CI) is working with USAID and the Walton Family Foundation on the Sustainable Landscapes Partnership. This article is the second in a series of stories about landscape partnerships that effectively includ…
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July 20, 2016

Mato Grosso links agribusiness supply chains to landscapes through jurisdictional sustainability

Catherine RothackerEcoAgriculture 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 …
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July 14, 2016

The landscape approach: How did we get here and where do we want to go? Just ask Darwin!

Terry C.H. SunderlandCIFORJames ReedCIFOR

Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and survival of the fittest were initially derided and rejected, leading Darwin himself to delay the publication of his seminal text, On the Origin of Species. Yet today, his theories are commonly accepted as principles that explain the diversity of life on Earth as the …
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July 6, 2016

Current agricultural practices stand in the way of sustainability: It’s past time to diversify

Emile FrisonBioversity InternationalFabrice A.J. DeClerckBioversity International

The over-reliance on chemicals, fertilizers and mono-cropping is the primary driver of environmental degradation on the planet—it’s agriculture’s dirty secret. The evidence for this is now overwhelming: today’s agricultural practices are a key contributor to rampant biodiversity losses, degradation of some 20 …
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June 17, 2016

Jurisdictional sustainability: connecting supply chains to landscapes

Catherine RothackerEcoAgriculture 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 spe…
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June 11, 2016

Four science-backed suggestions for sustainable landscape investments

Interest in investing in sustainability is on the rise. With the Paris Climate Agreement and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals last year, the political demand to further sustainability across sectors and scales is stronger than ever- a fact that is reflected in current investment trends.Achim Steiner, …
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