Voices from the Field

The Voices from the Field series presents stories and perspectives of people actively engaged in whole landscape approaches, from the field to the policy level. These guest blog writers are drawn from farmer associations, governmental agencies, development organizations, and others working to make widespread integrated landscape management a reality on-the-ground. One of the goals of this series is to stir-up discussion, and to provoke deeper thought around the topics of the Initiative.

Grass, Soil, Hope: A Story About Carbon Country

By Courtney White, Quivira Coalition This is the story of how I came into Carbon Country. I’m a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist who became a dues-paying member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association as a producer of … Continue reading

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Rewards and Challenges of Conservation in Kenya: A Conversation with KENVO

KENVO (Kijabe Environment Volunteers), a Kenyan organization created in 1994, is comprised of residents in communities bordering the Kereita Forest. This area is vital to the livelihoods of local populations but has suffered from over-cultivation and deforestation. To conserve the rich biodiversity … Continue reading

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Participatory Policy Making for Integrated Landscape Management in Kenya

By 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 … Continue reading

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Beyond Pipes and Pumps: Learning about Landscapes

By Miuru Jayaweera, CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) 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 … Continue reading

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Sago-based Agriculture and the Forest Dominated Rural Landscape

Sago palm groves are cultivated in swamps and alongside streams. When a mature sago palm is felled for starch extraction – which can provide sustenance for a family for several months – new suckers grow from the stump or root. … Continue reading

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Ecoagriculture Partners with Protected Areas in Thailand

By Jeffrey A. McNeely Having retired from IUCN in Switzerland and moved back to Thailand (where I started my international conservation work as a Peace Corps Volunteer back in 1968), I found a challenging position: technical advisor to the Department … Continue reading

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How Does Restoration Influence Reptiles, Beetles and Landholder Decisions?

By Sacha Jellinek, University of Melbourne’s Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions Agricultural landscapes in south-eastern Australia are largely cleared of native vegetation, with whatever remains surviving in small, isolated remnants surrounded by a sea of livestock grazing and/or industrial cropping. … Continue reading

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Pollinator Diversity Matters!

By Lucas A. Garibaldi, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro Wild pollination is an ecosystem service that provides innumerable benefits to our world’s agricultural systems including soil erosion mitigation and pest control for ensuring strong yields and food security worldwide. With … Continue reading

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The Pablo Standard: Encouraging Place-based Agroecology in El Salvador

By Abigail Hart, Project Manager, EcoAgriculture Partners (Translation by Jilka Paz, EcoAgriculture Partners) English Español Just northeast of San Salvador, the Cinquera municipality covers the hillside alongside El Salvador’s largest body of fresh water, the Cerrón Grande reservoir (known locally … Continue reading

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B-ADAPT: Adapting to Climate Change with a Landscape Approach

By Gabriel Sarasin (Project Manager B-ADAPT, African Model Forest Network), Marie-Eve Landry (Program Development and Innovation Agent, Cuso International), Mariam Faye (Project Management Assistant, Cuso International) Community focused management of reforestation and restoration efforts concluded last week’s blog posts. Our … Continue reading

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