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June 9, 2014

Participatory Policy Making for Integrated Landscape Management in Kenya

Krista Heiner EcoAgriculture Partners

Sensing the participants were getting a little restless after several hours of discussing policy challenges for the integrated management of water resources in the Lake Naivasha Landscape, Joan Kimayu, a lead facilitator with the Strengthening Rural Institutions Program at the World Agroforestry Centre, wondered what she could do to make a group of government officials [&hellip ...
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June 6, 2014

Biodiverse Planting for Carbon and Biodiversity on Indigenous Land

By Anna. R. Renwick, NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, University of Queensland, Brisbane Climate change has prompted the development of methods to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and many countries have established emissions trading schemes that offer incentives to offset carbon emissions. In addition to carbon storage, these schemes have the potential to deliver ot ...
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June 5, 2014

Climate Change: What's at stake for Smallholder Farmers?

From June 4-15, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings are taking place in Bonn, Germany to address the ongoing climate change crisis. While these negotiations will focus on governments and international treaties, Dr. Celia Harvey of Conservation International reminds us that smallholder farmers are perhaps the most vital stakeholders for addressing climate c ...
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June 5, 2014

Life Isn't Always Easy in the Islands: A Closer Look at World Environment Day

By Eva Fillion, EcoAgriculture Partners You can tell that World Environment Day is taken seriously when it is celebrated for an entire week. This year’s theme, Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level, is focused on the adaptations and resilience of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to the effects of climate change. The week-long celebration […] ...
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June 4, 2014

Beyond Pipes and Pumps: Learning about Landscapes

Miuru Jayaweera

Heenbanda was overwhelmed. Today was different from his usual toil in the paddy field. This morning he chose to travel to Peradeniya, Central Sri Lanka, approximately 75 kilometers away from his remote village to attend what the gentlemen called a ‘stakeholder dialogue’. ‘Big words’ he thought. Wide eyed and expectant nevertheless, Heenbanda took his seat […] ...
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June 2, 2014

Promoting Synergies Between Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Coffee Landscapes

By Getachew Tadesse, Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz   Agriculture was probably 8,000 years old by the time Arabica coffee was first domesticated in the montane forests of Ethiopia around 800 AD. Throughout its history, agriculture has been largely dependent on natural ecosystems and native biodiversity and will continue to be so [&hellip ...
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