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Sunday 21 June 2015

Video interviews from the Global Landscape Forum: The Investment Case

GLF: The Investment Case brought together 200 experts from finance and investment focusing on scaling up sustainable landscape solutions.

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Thursday 11 June 2015

Investors want to fund sustainable landscapes – now the work begins

Having some of the world’s largest investment banks and agricultural commodities buyers display their commitment to sustainable land use at the Global Landscapes Forum and other events is a welcome first step; delivering on those pledges in a verifiable way is another story.

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Thursday 4 June 2015

Investment in sustainable landscapes: Time to take the risk

The risks associated with failure to meet sustainability criteria in the production of tropical commodities is working its way onto the agenda of mainstream investors.

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Thursday 28 May 2015

In Indonesia, corporate commitment to sustainable palm oil

It is the most debated of oils.

For many environmentally conscious consumers in developed countries, it is something to boycott, associated with the destruction of orangutan habitat.

For poor families across the developing world, it is an economical food to buy at the lowest possible cost.

For millions of farmers in developing countries, it is the basis of their livelihoods, a crucial driver of rural economic growth, and a major export income earner.

Through recent initiatives, businesses and governments involved in the palm oil supply chain have agreed that they want to keep developing it – but in a sustainable way.

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Monday 25 May 2015

Piecing together the green investment puzzle

The pieces of the sustainable landscape investment puzzle have very jagged edges, and moves are under way to make all those rough edges fit.

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Monday 4 May 2015

We need to protect Congo’s forests against shifting cultivation… or do we?

According to a new study, undertaken by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), while agriculture appears to be a main driver of deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is a ‘lack of strong evidence’ to support widespread concerns about extensive forest loss in general and about shifting cultivation’s contribution in particular.
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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Scientists: Base payments for ecosystem services on scientific evidence

In an opinion article in Science magazine more than 45 scientists asked policymakers and environmental agencies to “get the science right when paying for nature’s services”.

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

On ‘landscape approach,’ scientists search for meaning

The so-called "landscape approach" - a holistic way of looking at often competing land uses within a given area - is an increasingly prominent way of thinking across ecological, agricultural and social fields, yet it has so far defied easy definition. Researchers are now sifting through thousands of pages of literature to to establish the state of the art in landscape-scale studies.

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Saturday 28 February 2015

Offre de stage francophone avec le CIFOR (Bogor, Indonésie)

Le Centre de Recherche Forestière Internationale (CIFOR), avec lequel je collabore régulièrement pour ses sites web de vulgarisation scientifique, recherche un stagiaire francophone pour ses activités de communication. Si vous cherchez une expérience dans la production de contenus multimédias et l'organisation d'événements dans le domaine du climat et de la gestion forestière, je vous recommande cette super équipe !

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Monday 23 February 2015

EU plan to curb illegal logging: Think big by thinking small?

For a decade, the European Union (EU) has been negotiating with tropical timber-producing countries to stem illegal logging. Recent research indicates that they may have to leave small-scale producers aside—temporarily—to bring their joint efforts to fruition.

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Thursday 12 February 2015

Take a new look at markets to boost climate change adaptation, research suggests

For generations, Malian farmers have traveled north and south with their cattle and sheep, following grass and water, and meeting traders in market towns to sell some of their animals.

This seasonal migration is a way to cope with unpredictable rains but is becoming more complex, however, as expanding permanent farms occupy land previously used for grazing. In response, people in Mali’s livestock industry are becoming more sophisticated, taking advantage of expanding mobile phone, road and banking networks to fine-tune their work to meet the demand of meat consumers in neighboring countries’ coastal cities.

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Monday 9 February 2015

In DR Congo, simple rules could reduce the large impact of small-scale loggers

A new study of the sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reveals that informal, small-scale sawyers serving the domestic market extract up to 13 times as much timber as industrial companies—and suggests simple, short-term measures to improve the management of this sector.

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Monday 5 January 2015

Protected areas: biodiversity troves and carbon sinks under one canopy?

When biologists see a forest, they may think of the number of species it could support. When climatologists see a forest, they may think of how much carbon it could store. Rarely, alas, do those points of view meet in a policy context.

But recent research conducted in the Kom-Mengamé forest of southern Cameroon shows that the two disciplines should converge on national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas, where they are likely to find both biodiversity and carbon storage in one place.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Cameroon research adds to growing consensus on sustainable climate change strategies

In a paper published earlier this year, researchers in the Central African country showed that efforts to mitigate global warming by curbing deforestation can no longer be conducted separately from measures to help people adapt to a degree of inevitable climate change.

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Monday 6 October 2014

In fight against African pests, researchers point to natural-born killers

They’re green. They’re flowery. And to many of the insects that ravage crops in Africa, they’re deadly.

Call it a “back to nature” approach to pest management: With infestations still threatening the food security of many smallholder farmers in Africa and global demand growing for produce free of synthetic pesticides, researchers say it is high time to tap African farmers’ knowledge of naturally occurring pesticides to make such botanical solutions efficient, affordable and accessible.

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Sunday 28 September 2014

Chinese timber companies in Zambia: few jobs, but more outlets for local loggers

Basic research methods such as employment surveys fail to explore the complex social impact of China’s deepening involvement in the African timber sector, a recent article on Chinese logging companies in Zambia shows.

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Growing Chinese presence a wake-up call for African natural resource managers

The recent surge in Chinese investment in Africa has exposed the need for local policymakers to boost regulation and administrative capacity if they are to manage their forests and other natural resources sustainably, a recent study of Zambia shows.

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Wednesday 6 August 2014

Missed opportunities in joint funding for climate mitigation and adaptation, experts say

Projects to mitigate and adapt to climate change generally address two different things: cause and effect, respectively. Rarely, though, are mitigation and adaptation projects integrated into one, despite the widely acknowledged benefits of doing so.

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Focus on resilience can risk turning into a power grab, researchers caution

As scientists and policymakers explore ways of making social and environmental systems more able to withstand shocks, there are growing concerns that existing inequality and power imbalances may be reinforced in the process, research presented at a recent conference suggests.

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Tuesday 5 August 2014

New research seeks to gauge forests’ role in climate adaptation

We know that forests can mitigate climate change. But what of forests’ ability to help us adapt to it? The former has been well-established; the latter has not.

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