Landscape of the Week

The Landscape of the Week series presents particular countries or landscapes where whole landscape approaches are practiced or have the potential to be utilized. These blogs serve as mini case studies, and often focus on the specific environmental and socioeconomic conditions of the highlighted landscape. They also serve to demonstrate the variety of contexts under which landscape approaches are practiced, and to convey any lessons learned.

Spatial-Temporal Monitoring of Land Use Change in Brazil

By Victor Coelho, Pernambuco Federal University/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco  Changes in land use caused by human actions have generated major impacts on the landscape, including the substitution of natural areas for diverse uses and the fragmentation of forested areas. These … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Stewardship in the Southwest Borderlands

By Molly McCormick, Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ Imagine yourself walking in the Sonoran Desert grasslands of Southeast Arizona, USA. It’s monsoon season—a time when thunderheads bring quick downbursts of rain, when golden grasslands morph into a green frenzy of life. The … Continue reading

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Growth Scenarios and Conservation Trade-offs in the US-Mexico Borderlands

By Miguel L. Villarreal and Laura M. Norman, United States Geological Survey Developing and interpreting alternative future land-use scenarios is an effective way to engage communities in local and regional planning and illustrate how rates and patterns of land-use change … Continue reading

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Close to Home: Exploring Three of Virginia’s Working Landscapes

By Jes Walton, EcoAgriculture Partners This blog often focuses on the geographies and management techniques of faraway (from our headquarters in Washington, DC) lands like the Eastern High Atlas of Morocco or Northern Tanzania’s culturally and ecologically unique Maasai Steppe … Continue reading

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Diving Deeply Into Integrated Landscape Management: The Case of Araucarias del Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile

By/Por Abigail Hart English Español What does it actually mean to be a platform that supports integrated landscape management? After working day in and day out with landscape leaders striving to implement landscape approaches while conducting the Continental Review of … Continue reading

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Kenyan Farmers’ Soil Carbon Sequestration Builds Resilience to Climate Change

By Krista Heiner, Amos Wekesa, John Recha and Louis Wertz In January 2014, farm households in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya became the first Africans to earn carbon credits generated in part from soil carbon sequestration. Farmers in these western Kenyan communities are already … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Landscapes as a Matter of National Security

By Bruce Beard and Stephanie Hertz, Texas A&M University For integrated landscape management, we stress cross-sectoral collaboration and inter-ministerial coordination. But sometimes partnerships arise in unexpected places. Today’s guest post from Texas A&M University contributors describes one such recently-launched initiative … Continue reading

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A Dialogue for Landscape Action in the Maasai Steppe

By Chris Planicka, EcoAgriculture Partners The Maasai Steppe Heartland is home to Maasai pastoralist communities, who raise cattle, sheep, and goats across some of northern Tanzania’s most important wildlife corridors. Encompassing both Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, the Maasai … Continue reading

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