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April 27, 2015

Felines in trouble: a Brazilian scenario

Rodrigo Cambará Printes Brazilian Institute for Biodiversity Conservation Larissa Rosa de Oliveira Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos Francine Schulz Rio Grande do Sul State Sanitation Company

Carnivores, such as large cats, are extremely important to maintain the ecological equilibrium in areas because they guarantee the diversity and resiliency of ecosystems. As predators, large cats can help control herbivore populations. Also, large cats usually leave behind a great part of their prey for several reasons, including providing food for scavenger and decomposer [&he ...
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April 24, 2015

An Old but Still Pertinent Soil-ution from West Sumatra

Carol J. Pierce Colfer Cornell University CIFOR

In 1983, our team (from the University of Hawaii, North Carolina State and the Indonesian Center for Soils Research) began a multi-year program in Sitiung, West Sumatra. We began our work using a Farming Systems approach, living in a village and working collaboratively with local farmers. The Indonesian policy at the time called for food […] ...
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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 10, 2015

How and where to restore tropical forest: a bird’s eye view

Leighton Reid Missouri Botanical Garden

Great Tinamous are surprisingly light-footed for being rather awkwardly shaped. They wander delicately on the rainforest floor and call to one another in haunting tones at dawn and dusk. When approached by people, they disappear nervously into the underbrush. This shy, sun-dappled lifestyle works well in endless forest, but it complicates the task of restoring […] ...
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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 16, 2015

Livelihood outcomes of payment for ecosystem services in Ecuadorian highland Andean grasslands

Leah Bremer Natural Capital Project University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Kathleen A. Farley San Diego State University

In Latin America and around the world, payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs represents a growing approach to conservation. In many cases, these programs aim to tackle social and environmental goals at the same time through, for example, improving the livelihoods of farmers while also encouraging more sustainable land-use practices. Ecuador’s SocioBosque program, a na ...
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February 9, 2015

The Challenge of Agroforestry Systems in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jacques Famili Sumbu

The Ituri Forest landscape, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of Central Africa’s most biologically diverse regions and is particularly rich in bird species and mammals. The forest supports the largest remaining population of the Congo’s endemic rainforest giraffe and okapi, as well as large populations of elephants, owl-faced monkeys, […] ...
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February 5, 2015

Business Thinking about the Landscape Approach

Marissa Sherman EcoAgriculture Partners

Now more than ever, public-private partnerships are seen as essential to address critical risks related to deforestation, climate change, water scarcity, and poverty and to driving sustainable economic development. In looking at landscape initiatives around the globe, businesses, both big and small, are important stakeholders of rural landscapes contributing to and dependent ...
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February 2, 2015

Traditional Markets are an Important Part of Nutrition-sensitive Landscapes in Morocco

Abderrahim Ouarghidi Global Diversity Foundation Bronwen Powell Center for International Forestry Research

Winter has arrived here in Morocco. From December to March, there is a lot of rain (more than the rest of the year) – and widespread availability of wild vegetables. Although wild foods, especially wild vegetables, have held an important place in Moroccan culinary practice for generations, up until recently, they have been largely overlooked […] ...
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January 2, 2015

Understanding the relationship between Forests and Agriculture: the need for a landscape approach

Richard McNally SNV, the Netherlands Development Organisation

The agriculture sector sustains the livelihoods of millions of smallholder families and is at the center of national policies to alleviate rural poverty. However, this need for land for agriculture is also the main driver of deforestation and land degradation. A major challenge is how to encourage pro-poor agricultural development while mitigating deforestation and associated [ ...
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