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March 21, 2014

Finding a Place for REDD+ in Sustainable Landscapes

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative has a potentially large role to play in international actions to combat climate change. Sustainable management of forests and forest carbon stocks does more than just preserve the world’s forests and sequester atmospheric carbon – it provides long-term sustainability and economic develop ...
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November 13, 2013

The UNEP Emissions Gap Report and Climate-Smart Agriculture: ICRAF COP19 Side Event

There is a definite role for agriculture to play in climate change mitigation, but still far too little information on the scale of its potential contribution. This was the overriding message from yesterday’s COP 19 side event Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture: policies, development and mitigation potentials, hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The […] ...
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July 17, 2013

Accounting for Natural Capital

Last week we observed World Population Day with an acknowledgement that a growing human population requires certain resources to sustain itself, and the current approach to using land and water resources will not allow us to remain within certain planetary boundaries. One of the reasons behind the current mode of growth and land management is […] ...
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June 6, 2013

10 Ways To Cut Global Food Loss And Waste

This post originally appeared on WRI Insights, the blog of Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative co-organizer World Resources Institute. We are cross-posting to wrap up our World Environment Day 2013 coverage. It is the third installment of WRI’s blog series, “Creating a Sustainable Food Future.” The series explores strategies to sustainably feed 9 billion ...
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March 20, 2013

Ten Commandments in Our Nutrient World

Friday marks the annual observance of World Water Day, during which issues around freshwater management come to the forefront. One of the major threats to the quality of freshwater resources is pollution from the land. In the past 50 years, use of synthetic nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers have risen substantially (9 and 3 fold, respectively), […] ...
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January 25, 2013

A World of Waste

Food loss and waste has been a hot topic the past couple of weeks. A new report by the UK-based Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, estimates that 30-50% of all food produced is wasted in harvesting, storage, transportation, retail, and consumption. One of the main messages of the report was not the […] ...
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January 22, 2013

Revisiting Cropland for Biodiversity Conservation

While last week the Landscapes Blog paid particular attention to the part a productive landscape plays in maintaining ecosystem services, this week actually marks the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn, Germany. Established in April of last year, the IPBES serves a purpose similar to the Intergovernmental [&h ...
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October 23, 2012

Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development

National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, or NBSAPs, are national-level instruments for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity. As part of the Convention, signatory countries are required develop a national strategy for biodiversity conservation applicable to all sectors that impact biodiversity. One of the topics discussed during the past two weeks of th ...
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June 21, 2012

Avoiding Future Famines

In an event yesterday, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) released the report Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Foundation of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems. Launched at Rio+20, the report challenges the business as usual methods for growing food, and argues for a more integrated and holistic approach in transitioning to a Gree ...
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May 28, 2012

Managing Water in Agroecosystems for Multiple Services

The reliance upon water for the many services ecosystems provide, forms the basis for a recent report published by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).  Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services,  produced by researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), argues for a broader approach to agricultural water manage ...
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