Blog for People, Food and Nature

April 25, 2018

Developing Analysis with the Decisionmaking Scale in Mind

As environmental and resource challenges become more complex—think climate change—sensible land use policy will require sophisticated and integrated analyses, looking at the holistic level of the landscape, not just its individual components. This has important implications for the design of research efforts and th…
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March 6, 2018

Weathering Change: Women Farm Cocoa, Too

Rachel FriedmanUniversity of Queensland

You have probably read an article or two (or more) about how climate change is going to be the end of chocolate. Compounded by potential losses of our other favorite indulgences - coffee and wine - this is nothing short of tragic. But what these articles don't really discuss is what happens to the farmers who grow th…
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February 9, 2018

Landscapes, territories and the challenge of merging socio-ecological and socio-political strategies for sustainable development

Sara ScherrEcoAgriculture Partners

Reflections from my trip to Montpellier, France, in late January for the ‘Living Territories’ conference. I joined more than 250 others at the event, organized by CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, to debate and take stock of territorial approaches. Though my work at EcoA…
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February 2, 2018

Executive Group Meeting prepares for high-level talks on Sustainable Development

As a graduate student majoring in Environmental Policy, I was given the amazing opportunity to attend the Executive Group Meeting (EGM) held in New York this January. The EGM focused on the importance of interlinkages between sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets and explore themes for the High-Level Politi…
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December 20, 2017

IUCN Netherlands and EcoAgriculture Partners debut the Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT)

Louis WertzEcoAgriculture Partners

Toolkit uses participatory process designed to help landscapes connect their plans to achieve the SDGs with the finance and investment they need. Finance plays a critical role in implementing the diverse investments required for a sustainable landscape. There has been a considerable uptick in analysis, programs and i…
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September 15, 2017

Blue Waters and Green Mountains: Opening A New Era of Integrated Landscape Management in China

Sara ScherrEcoAgriculture Partners

Three impressive landscapes demonstrate the triumphs, and challenges, of integrated landscape management in the world’s most populous country. In August I spent several energizing weeks in western China, visiting three landscapes with Professor Li Changxiao of China’s Southwest University, one of the country’s l…
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