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January 9, 2013

Resilience and the Cultural Landscape

Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments This year’s first Exploring the Evidence blog post helps bring us back to the emerging literature on landscape approaches, and grounds the concept in cases in practice. Dr. Tobias Plieninger (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) and Dr. Claudia Bieling (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) ...
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October 25, 2012

Another Food Day: Talking About Systems

Yesterday marked the second annual Food Day in the United States.  Not to be confused with the international observance of World Food Day that celebrated agricultural cooperatives last Tuesday, the U.S. day specifically focuses on domestic food movements and policies. Created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and with a diverse array of advisory [&hel ...
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October 1, 2012

Landscape of the Week: The scattered fruit tree meadows of the Swabian Alb

Kathrin Trommler, Project Coordinator with the Ecosystem Services Research Group, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, provides a look into one European agricultural landscape with deep historical roots. Representing a slightly different type of agrobiodiversity than the field crops usually discussed, this diversity of fruit trees characterizes the landsc ...
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April 2, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Kuk Early Agriculture World Heritage Site – Papua New Guinea

By Jady Smith, Program Director – Asia Live & Learn Environmental Education, Melbourne, Australia “For each village there is a different culture” This saying reflects the strong sense of pride in the cultural diversity and local heritage of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The country is also recognized as having some of the richest biodiversity on […] ...
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March 14, 2012

Indigenous resource management systems: A holistic approach to nature and livelihoods

By Dr. Maurizio Farhan-Ferrari, Environmental Governance Programme Coordinator Forest Peoples Programme, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK Two peer-reviewed studies published recently by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Bank show that strict conservation is less effective in reducing deforestation than community forests that are managed and controlled by ...
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February 20, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Eastern High Atlas, Morocco

Safeguarding World Agricultural Heritage Systems By Jean Gault, Senior Officer of Natural Resources Management and Payment for Environmental Services Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy Worldwide, specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created, shaped, and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse na ...
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