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August 20, 2014

Nicaraguan Mega-Gardens: Community-Led Conservation for Plant Diversity and Soil Health/Mega-Huertos Nicaragüenses: Conservación para la Diversidad de Cultivos y la Salud de la Tierra, Dirigido por la Comunidad

By/Por Sara Delaney (Episcopal Relief & Development) and/y Audrey White (Council of Protestant Churches in Nicaragua) English Español Over the past few years I’ve often wondered—why do some agricultural training programs inspire farmers to make real changes in their fields, while others amount to little more than a free lunch for participants? Recently, an approach de ...
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July 23, 2014

Diving Deeply Into Integrated Landscape Management: The Case of Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile

By/Por Abigail Hart English Español What does it actually mean to be a platform that supports integrated landscape management? After working day in and day out with landscape leaders striving to implement landscape approaches while conducting the Continental Review of Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, I found that I was still […] ...
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July 18, 2014

Soil Restoration in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve/Restauración de Suelos en la Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda, México

By/Por Esther Díaz Pérez English Español After centuries of farming practices in the rugged mountains of the Sierra Madre Oriental, the scars of deforestation are indelibly marked on the area known as Sierra Gorda. In the past, the steep slopes lost their protective forest cover and the soil was deeply eroded. Coupled with this, the soil’s […] ...
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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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April 25, 2014

Bamboo: A Mechanism to Reconnect Forest Fragments and Restore Ecosystems

By EcoPlanet Bamboo Group The Bonn Challenge aims to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020. Commercial bamboo plantations can help achieve these goals by serving as an alternative to traditional timber and as a resource to stimulate national and local economies and reduce foreign imports. Bamboo is a rapidly growing […] ...
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February 28, 2014

The Pablo Standard: Encouraging Place-based Agroecology in El Salvador

By Abigail Hart, Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners (Translation by Jilka Paz, EcoAgriculture Partners) English Español Just northeast of San Salvador, the Cinquera municipality covers the hillside alongside El Salvador’s largest body of fresh water, the Cerrón Grande reservoir (known locally as Lake Suchitlán). This lake has been recognized as a RAMSAR site, which i ...
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December 10, 2013

Experimenting with Certification: Towards a Sustainable Livestock Sector in Brazil

By Peter Newton, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan Last week’s guest authors honed in on issues of partnership, support, and reducing risk within supply chains. Major commodities such as soy and palm oil formed the basis of these discussions, but one of the major contributors to land cover change and degradation was […] ...
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October 9, 2013

Serranía de los Paraguas: Diversidad para la Resiliencia

English Español Serranía de los Paraguas, a recognized Coffee Cultural Landscape and World Heritage Site by UNESCO, sits in a mountainous region of western Colombia. The rich biodiversity of the landscape’s natural reserves has been protected by establishing a network of leaders with a commitment to agroecological farming and community-based ecotourism, based on activities ...
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October 7, 2013

Studying Success: Integrated Landscape Initiatives in Latin America

English Español Over the past couple of weeks, acknowledging and embracing multiple objectives related to food, environment, and social wellbeing has surfaced as a common theme from our Roundtable authors in discussing the intensification of agricultural systems, and particularly as an impetus for adopting a landscape perspective. So too did this important theme stand out in ...
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August 7, 2013

Indigenous Peoples Rights and Land Grabbing Violations

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is on Friday, August 9th, and this year’s theme is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” In recognition of this upcoming day, the Landscapes Blog is taking a look at agreements that have been made to protect indigenous peoples land and rights ...
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