Tag Archives: Biodiversity

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 … Continue reading

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Moving Away From Win-Wins and Towards Sustainable Solutions in Palm Oil

Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners It seems that a week doesn’t pass these days without a new editorial on palm oil. Sometimes they highlight the bad, other times they highlight the good. When speaking of solutions, the dialogue on both sides inexorably … Continue reading

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Assessing Sustainable Palm Oil Production With The Help of Dung Beetles

By Claudia Gray, Post-doctoral research fellow in ecology and conservation, University of Sussex, UK Every time you go to the supermarket, you are likely to buy something containing palm oil. In the UK and the US, 10 – 50% of … Continue reading

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The Role of Spatial Data in Grassland Restoration

By Timo Pitkänen, University of Turku, Finland Semi-natural grasslands are often habitats dominated by a high diversity of indigenous plant species, which are characterized by their small size and tolerance for disturbance. The long-term history of the emergence of these … Continue reading

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Why Commitments Are Not Enough – The Case of Sustainable Cocoa

By Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners The 25th World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting, and the 6th Indonesian International Cocoa Conference wrap up today in Bali, Indonesia. These meetings marked an important moment for the cocoa industry. Unlike other major commodity sectors, … Continue reading

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Sand Rice: A Potential Food Crop for Climate Change Impacted Landscapes?

By Dr. Guoxiong Chen, Senior Researcher, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences Sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) is an annual psammophyte found mostly on mobile sand dunes in the arid and semi-arid regions of … Continue reading

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Resilience: Are We Just Buying Time?

It’s time to ask hard questions as we lead up to the 2014 International Science and Policy Conference on the resilience of social and ecological systems. Just as this event calls on us to mobilize for transformation of development to … Continue reading

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What is the Potential for Responsible Soy Production?

By Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners This year’s 9th annual Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS) conference (May 7th-8th) took place at a critically important time for the industry. With relatively high prices, increasing overall demand from China, and another year of drought … Continue reading

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Growing Green: Green Winemaking Practices

By Madeline Blasberg, Certified Wine Consultant for Etching Expressions   Winemaking, when all things are considered, can be a very dirty business. Chemical pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, and hours of diesel-burning machinery add up to a considerable social and environmental … Continue reading

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Transforming Commodity Markets for Conservation at the Landscape-Level

By: Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners The environmental impacts of commodities have been a hot topic lately, from haze in Indonesia, carbon emissions from Brazil, and environmental degradation and poverty in Cote d’Ivoire. What do these stories have in common? They … Continue reading

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