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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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January 22, 2014

One Watershed at a Time: Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin

As we saw on Monday, the measuring, valuing, and mapping of ecosystem services has progressed in recent years, and new tools are emerging that can help decision makers account for the benefits landscapes provide and target areas that are most important to ecosystem function. In the United States context, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is […] ...
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October 25, 2013

The Next Century for Agriculture: Advancing New Land Management Strategies

By EcoAgriculture Partners and Solutions from the Land What will be the defining features of agriculture over the next century? This year, the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue honed in on biotechnology, sustainability, and climate volatility as critical opportunities and challenges for reducing food insecurity and ending hunger. While much of the dialogue remained focused [&he ...
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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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September 9, 2013

AGree on Collaborative Watershed and Landscape Management

Last Friday the 13th World Water Week came to a close, having brought experts together to explore cooperation and partnership in issues related to water. A recent report on watershed management in the United States emphasized this same theme of collaborative management and partnerships, and drawing our focus on water to a close. Multi-stakeholder engagement […] ...
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September 4, 2013

Mainstreaming the Payment of Watershed Environmental Services

By Luis Gamez Hernandez, Public Utilities Company of Heredia, Costa Rica As World Water Week continues to showcase research and experiences related to water, today’s post brings us back to the week’s theme of cooperation and partnerships. Luis Gamez Hernandez discusses a specific initiative in Costa Rica, whereby cooperation between a local water utility, citizen o ...
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