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May 21, 2015

Local Knowledge, and Pig Pits, Help Thai Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Angela Jöhl Cadena International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Over the last 18 months, I have been observing (and documenting) the adaptation process taking place in four communities in Chiang Rai and Sakon Nakhon Provinces, Thailand, under the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC) project, implemented by IUCN Thailand. Based on the scientific climate projections, we had some ideas of […] ...
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April 20, 2015

Choosing sustainability: food production to 2050

Fiona McKenzie Australian Futures Project

It is often claimed that we need to increase global food production by 70-100% in order to feed the world in 2050. The assumption that food production is tied to food security dismisses the role of access and consumption to food. This is partly because food security is only weakly linked to the capacity of […] ...
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April 18, 2015

A Multi-sectoral Approach is Key for a Sustainable Future

Marissa Sherman EcoAgriculture Partners

This week, I had the pleasure to represent EcoAgriculture Partners (and livetweet) the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability. The event focused on the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. Along with presenting the most pressing problems the world faces, the event highlighted a possible solutio ...
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April 4, 2015

Something to talk about: expanding the conversation on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Lucila Fernandez EcoAgriculture Partners

This past March, Krista Heiner, a project manager at EcoAgriculture Partners, joined hundreds of scientists, policy makers, and practitioners in Montpellier, France, who all had one mission in mind: to identify ways to achieve agricultural development in the face of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) was the center of the conversation; the international community, ...
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April 1, 2015

The Need for Biodiversity – Traditional Plant Use in Burkina Faso

Marco Schmidt Goethe University Frankfurt Alexander Zizka University of Gothenburg

The people living in the savanna belt of West Africa are currently facing profound social and landscape changes. Traditional lifestyles and agricultural practices, such as agroforestry with multipurpose trees or the semi-nomadic pastoralism of the Sahel, are challenged by the needs of a growing population, intensified agriculture and climate change. Despite positive aspects of ...
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March 26, 2015

Indigenous Landscapes Provide Foods and Funds in Obalanga Subcounty, Uganda

Esezah Kakudidi Makerere University Samuel Ojelel Makerere University

The subsistence farming communities in Obalanga are reliant on their indigenous landscapes for a wide array of services. The communities benefit from provisionary services (e.g. food), regulative services (e.g. local climate moderation), supportive services (e.g. soil fertility) and cultural services (e.g. recreation) from these landscapes. These interactions are pertinent in t ...
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March 22, 2015

Celebrating past watershed project successes and looking toward the future

Marissa Sherman EcoAgriculture Partners

Water resource preservation and agricultural development are greatly interconnected. Both healthy communities and resilient livelihoods often hinge on proper water resource management. World Water Day 2015 is the perfect opportunity to shed some light on projects that the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative has been working on to restore and preserve watersheds. R ...
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February 5, 2015

Linking Food Security, Climate Adaptation and Carbon Management: A Case Study from Indonesia

Jonatan A. Lassa Nanyang Technological University Yulius P. K. Suni Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change

Farmers in North Central Timor face local environmental degradation such as soil erosion, water stress, recurrent droughts and erratic climate. These environmental problems are likely to be more intensive and extensive in the context of Timor Island. Failure to address these environmental problems will leave this vulnerable region less resilient in the face of future […] ...
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December 29, 2014

Key to climate adaptation in the Greater Mekong: Practical and participatory vulnerability assessments

Ornsaran Pomme Manuamorn The Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program

How to make science inform policy and actions? This is probably one of the most common questions development organizations are grappling with. This question is particularly relevant for those of us working on climate change adaptation. To make a difference, global and regional climate projections must complement local knowledge to transform local actions. Promoting climate [&he ...
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December 19, 2014

Getting everyone to invest in integrated landscape initiatives

Gabrielle Kissinger Lexeme 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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