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September 29, 2014

Unraveling the ‘Landscape Approach’—Are We on the Right Track?

Roderick Zagt Tropenbos International Nick Pasiecznik ILEIA

“We know what needs to done, and how, but we are not sure how to explain it”—this was the predominant sentiment that lingered after the seminar ‘Unraveling the landscape approach – are we on the right track?‘ held in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 17 September 2014. Four presenters and three panelists tried their hand at […] ...
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September 27, 2014

The Time is Now: Take Action on Climate Change in Africa

Editor’s note: The release of the African Landscapes Action Plan strategically coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit currently underway in New York City, as well as the launch of the Global Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance. The Agroforestry World Blog takes note of this timing, noting that the success of these meetings comes from swift, translatable [… ...
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September 15, 2014

New Guides and Tools for Tackling Complex, Interdisciplinary Problems

Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

Many contemporary environmental scientists and land managers are adopting a refined perspective for addressing complex, interdisciplinary problems that acknowledges humans as an integral part of the natural world. This approach builds on the observation that functioning of human societies and nature are inseparably linked. Acknowledging this relationship is especially important ...
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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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August 4, 2014

Where Are the Monkeys? The Fallacy of Evaluating Conservation from Above the Canopy

By Torsten Krause, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies Tropical deforestation and forest degradation has made its way into international news headlines and political agendas. The urgency and need to reduce forest loss is clearer than ever before, and many new initiatives are being proposed. Engaging with and tackling the economic drivers of deforestation and [&hel ...
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July 16, 2014

Policy Dialogues for Integrated Landscape Management: The Kenya Experience

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Seth Shames EcoAgriculture Partners

Challenges with food security, poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss are highly interlinked. These interconnections are increasingly apparent in Kenya’s growing economy, where ecosystem degradation enhances food insecurity and poverty, and poverty and food insecurity exacerbate the pressure on scarce natural resources. Furthermore, many of these ...
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July 9, 2014

What’s Happening with Integrated Landscapes in Latin America and the Caribbean?

By Elise Ursin, EcoAgriculture Partners Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are vital contributors to global agricultural production and biodiversity. The region is predicted to contain 43 percent of the world’s farmland by 2050 and currently includes eight of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. However, its natural resources are poorly regulated (deforestation in the ...
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June 30, 2014

Traveling to Integrated Landscapes in Kenya

Louis Wertz EcoAgriculture Partners

A total traffic jam, par for the course at rush hour in Nairobi, has finally slowed the momentum of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa conference field trip. I write this while we are barely crawling back into Nairobi during evening rush hour, and the reflections are fresh. We (50 participants from […] ...
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June 27, 2014

National Policy to Support Landscape Management in Africa

70% of poor people in sub-Saharan Africa live in rural areas, which forces nations in this region to place a heavy emphasis on rural policy. Policy goals include increased agricultural productivity and improved rural incomes, as well as prudent management of natural resources and climate resilience–necessary not only for the agricultural economy, but also for […] ...
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June 23, 2014

Landscape Capacity Building in Africa: How to Ensure Ownership, Equality and Change

Cora van Oosten Wageningen-UR Louise E. Buck Cornell University EcoAgriculture Partners

Working from a landscape perspective means to be able to “see the bigger picture.” Besides having technical know-how, one needs to understand spatial processes, work in teams to make landscape decisions, balance the needs of many stakeholders, and be sensitive to local circumstances. Without a doubt, it is difficult to live up to these aspects […] ...
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