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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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March 10, 2015

Learning from experience: Connecting Landscape Leaders in Ethiopia

Christopher Planicka EcoAgriculture Partners

At first impression, the Amhara region of Ethiopia may seem drab and barren. Knowing of the degradation that happened to these landscapes, I didn’t expect to see much more than scrubland. A recent visit to the Aba Gerima watershed, however, showed me a much greener picture, where a team from the Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) […] ...
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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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December 8, 2014

How can we manage ecosystem services for development outcomes? The case of the Cañete River Basin

Marcela Quintero International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Sarah Jones Bioversity International

Earlier this month, the CGIAR research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems published an Ecosystem Service and Resilience (ESR) Framework presenting an approach for using ecosystem service and resilience concepts to create multi-functional landscapes that sustain production, livelihoods, and human well-being. What does this mean for communities living in rural landscapes? The ...
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December 5, 2014

Can large-scale landscape restoration initiatives fulfill their promises: a resounding “YES” from northern Ethiopia

Lulseged Tamene International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Frank Van Steenbergen Meta Meta Kifle Woldearegay Mekelle University

The arid to semi-arid environments of Ethiopia, particularly the Tigray region in northern part of the country, is a typical example which demonstrates that large-scale interventions can fulfill their promises in enhancing food security, ensuring environmental sustainability and creating landscapes resilient to climate and weather variability. Before the years 1994/1995, land ...
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September 3, 2014

Integrated Waterscape Management in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Southeast Asia probably isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to coffee production, but trade liberalization has made Vietnam the world’s second largest exporter of our favorite morning pick-me-up. Along with pepper and (increasingly) cocoa, this commodity is contributing to the country’s economic development. Unfortunately, harmful agricultural practices and ...
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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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May 22, 2014

Assessing Sustainable Palm Oil Production With The Help of Dung Beetles

By Claudia Gray, Post-doctoral research fellow in ecology and conservation, University of Sussex, UK Every time you go to the supermarket, you are likely to buy something containing palm oil. In the UK and the US, 10 – 50% of all items in an average shopping basket contain it. Palm oil is the world’s most […] ...
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March 22, 2014

A Shimmering Example of Watershed Management on World Water Day

Productive agricultural landscapes, healthy communities and resilient livelihoods are all dependent on the sound management of freshwater resources. 2014 World Water Day gives us the opportunity to recall that integrated watershed management is an important factor in realizing sustainable ecological and social systems. The Pokhara Valley of Nepal holds Rupa Lake, where an agric ...
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February 17, 2014

Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development Successes at the Lake Basin Scale

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners Jes Walton EcoAgriculture Partners

On February 10, 2014, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted an event on Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins. Panelists reported on programmatic and project-level successes, showing the benefits of integrating population, health and the environment for sustainable development.  Lake basins are characterized by unique cultures, rich ...
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