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.

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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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 … Continue reading

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Disruptive Conservation: A Path to Landscape Resiliency

By Tim Gieseke, Founder and President, Ag Resource Strategies, LLC, USA As the Ecosystem Services Partnership conference draws to a close and we gear up for World Water Week beginning on Monday, our guest author today is bridging the topics … Continue reading

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Resilience in the Sunderbans: Publication on Climate Change

As we approach several international meetings of minds in the coming months – Ecosystem Services Partnership conference, World Water Week, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – ‘resilience’ becomes an increasingly important … Continue reading

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“Re-Greening” Landscapes for Food Security

Last week, Chris Reij, Sustainable Land Management Specialist and Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI), discussed the contribution of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration to both addressing concerns related to climate change and food security. Set in the context … Continue reading

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Small Changes for Big Impacts: Wassa Amenfi West Landscape

The importance of landscape approaches within commodity production systems is gaining increasing recognition. While many of these commodities operate at large scales with few landowners, cocoa is still very much a smallholder crop. Earlier this month the World Cocoa Foundation … Continue reading

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Aligning Cocoa Farmers and Markets for a Sustainable Landscape: Rainforest Alliance’s New Data-Driven Approach

By Jeffrey C. Milder, PhD, conservation scientist on the Rainforest Alliance’s Evaluation & Research team Across the humid tropics, cocoa farming has followed a “boom and bust” cycle, with production peaking in each country for a few decades before farms … Continue reading

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