July 28, 2015

Land Use and Disease Emergence

Max McClure Catherine Machalaba EcoHealth Alliance

Zoonoses, diseases transmitted from animals to humans, are currently enjoying a moment in the sun—at least by disease standards. There are now popular depictions of spillover events, as in the movie Contagion, reflecting real-world examples where disease is transmitted from animals to humans. The most recent and significant series of zoonoses events points to this […] ...
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April 29, 2015

Mapping Restoration Opportunities through Soil Surveying

Stephanie J. Connolly USDA Forest Service

Recent collaborative research by West Virginia University (WVU), the USDA-NRCS and USDA-Forest Service has linked spodic soil properties to the historical range of red spruce (Picea rubens) in the Central Appalachians. The data collected has allowed researchers to map the occurrence of these properties to help project the historical extent of red spruce before railroad [&hellip ...
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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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November 21, 2014

A Story of Coffee, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Pico Duarte Region of the Dominican Republic

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

The Pico Duarte Coffee Region and surrounding Madres de Las Aguas (Mother of Waters) Conservation Area are areas of critical ecological, economic, and social importance to the people of the Dominican Republic. During the 2000s, much attention was paid to the establishment of protected areas in this Caribbean island nation for the conservation of biodiversity […] ...
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August 25, 2014

LIBERATION: A Knowledge Platform for Ecological Intensification

Elise Ursin, EcoAgriculture Partners As it becomes increasingly clear that industrial agriculture is not sustainable, the current search for alternatives may very well define the future of food. Though academics, policy makers, and civil society organizations have produced an impressive amount of research on sustainable farming and ecosystems, these approaches still remain rela ...
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August 13, 2014

Negotiating Sustainable Landscapes Requires Inclusive and Innovative Tools

By Robert Frederick Finlayson, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Governments and communities are finding it easier to work together to create a sustainable, climate-friendly Southeast Asia thanks to a suite of ‘tools’ that support negotiations over land use. But, do you ‘spare’ land or do you ‘share’ it? If you spare it by ‘protecting’ it, for […] ...
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July 7, 2014

What Will It Take to Get Businesses Involved in African Landscape Initiatives?

Abby Waldorf CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

In 2009, businesses and farmers operating in Naivasha received a rude wake up call. Lake Naivasha almost dried up. In a basin that supports over 60% of Kenya’s flower industry, accounting for over 1% of the country’s GDP, policy makers and businesses were quick to respond. But will it always take a threat like this […] ...
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June 25, 2014

Financing Strategies for Integrated Landscape Investment: Innovative Successes from Africa

Elise Ursin EcoAgriculture Partners Seth Shames EcoAgriculture Partners

Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) is increasingly becoming an important framework for addressing complex and interlinked agricultural and environmental issues and is garnering increased attention throughout Africa. It offers innovative strategies to promote agricultural production, improve rural livelihoods, and organize inter-sectoral planning. However, like so many other ...
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June 18, 2014

Unlocking the Potential of Integrated Landscape Management for Business in Africa

Lee Gross EcoAgriculture Partners

With approximately 60% of the world’s remaining arable land, Africa is poised to achieve significant economic growth through agricultural development and other rural land uses.  It has been estimated that between 2008-2020, consumer products, natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure in Africa will combine for a potential revenue of $US 2.6 trillion – with agri ...
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June 17, 2014

Insights on the UNCCD’s 2030 Zero Net Land Degradation Target

Ilan Stavi, Dead Sea and Arava Science Center

According to recent estimations, approximately 3.5 billion hectares of land (23% of the globe’s land area) have been experiencing degradation processes of various types and severity. Land degradation – mainly soil erosion, deterioration of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, and the loss of natural vegetation – is estimated to occur at a [& ...
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