Tag Archives: Ecosystem Services

The Role of Livestock Breed Diversity in Sustainable Diets

By Irene Hoffmann, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations When we were invited to contribute to the book “Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health”, my colleague Roswitha Baumung and I were faced … 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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Envisioning Ways Forward for the Ecosystem Services Debate

By Emma van der Zanden/Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam; Alexander van Oudenhoven/Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University; Matthias Schröter/Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University Ecosystem services are a contested but useful concept for highlighting the benefits that humans … 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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World Wildlife Day: The Importance of Biodiversity in Our Landscapes

Biodiversity comes in many forms across natural and agricultural landscapes – ranging from crops to pollinators, livestock and the wildlife that make up these complex ecosystems. World Wildlife Day reminds us of the important role of wild plants and animals … Continue reading

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Zooming in on Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches

In November 2013, we introduced EcoAgriculture’s discussion paper: “Taking Tree Based Ecosystem Approaches to Scale: Evidence of drivers and impacts on food security, climate change resilience and carbon sequestration.” Now, during the 2014 World Congress on Agroforestry, we revisit the study by zooming … Continue reading

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Mapping to Make Decisions: Evolution of Ecosystem Services Assessment and Tools

By Ken Bagstad, U.S. Geological Survey, Geosciences & Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, Colorado, USA Healthy ecosystems provide many benefits – from food and clean water to flood management and climate mitigation – and we’ve seen previously on the blog … Continue reading

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Mainstreaming the Payment of Watershed Environmental Services

By Luis Gamez Hernandez, Public Utilities Company of Heredia, Costa Rica As World Water Week continues to showcase research and experiences related to water, today’s post brings us back to the week’s theme of cooperation and partnerships. Luis Gamez Hernandez discusses … Continue reading

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A Bundle of Ecosystem Services: Principles for Resilience in Agricultural Landscapes

By Megan Meacham, Stockholm Resilience Center and Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Stockholm Yesterday, researchers at the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Bali presented on ecosystem services provision to enhance resilience in agricultural landscapes. Interestingly enough, the means by which … Continue reading

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Ecosystem-Based Approaches for Resilience

Whether for banana management in Uganda or a mixed crop and livestock system in Malawi, the provision of ecosystem services is increasingly promoted as an integral part of adaptation to change and resilience within landscapes. The blog concluded last week … Continue reading

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