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Two easy entry points for soil fertility management in East Africa’s highlands

Distance from the homestead and soil fertility classes are clear entry points through which to target soil fertility management technologies. This is according to an article published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal by, including others,...

Can China step back from the brink of ecological disaster?

China’s 30-year drive to grow its economy has paid scant attention to ecological and social costs. A survey of six main environmental stressors in China reveals that domestic policies are inadequate and need to be reformed, say Ed...

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Indonesia set to reduce emissions from landscapes not just forests

International plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation have proven difficult to implement in Indonesia. Nationally appropriate mitigation actions look like being the way to go, say Meine van Noordwijk, Fahmuddin Agus, Sonya Dewi, Herry Purnomo, Betha...

Land tenure and agroforestry at the heart of a sustainable future Earth

Our suffering planet looks set on a path of destruction, according to many. But leading thinkers gathered at the World Agroforestry Centre’s annual Science Week see the possibility of a bright, and sustainable, future Earth with secure land...

Unpacking the evidence on firewood and charcoal in Africa

Woodfuel meets around a tenth of the world’s energy demand, with its users overwhelmingly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, nine out of ten people—around 760  million individuals—rely on firewood and charcoal as their primary source of energy for...

Wake up now to make agriculture sustainable

“The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development … to an ‘ecological intensification’ approach,” states the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 released yesterday (18 September 2013) in Geneva. “The required transformation is much more profound than...

United for soil health

Combating land degradation and building soil health needs a holistic approach that brings scientific findings together with the knowledge held by farmers. For instance, to judge soil health, scientists typically analyse it for organic matter content, levels of...

Safeguarding people’s rights through land-use planning

 The rights of local and indigenous people have often been overlooked in governments’ land-use planning. It’s time for that to change, say Sébastien de Royer, Gamma Galudra and Ujjwal Pradhan   Once the world was forest and humans...

Creating different land-use scenarios to reduce conflict

Prospective participatory analysis has helped communities on Seram Island, Indonesia, see the likely results of decisions about land use and provided a focus for their efforts, says Nining Liswanti   According to Nining Liswanti, a researcher with the...

Ecosystems need strong legal frameworks

Legally binding planning at multiple levels, from local to central governments, will help ensure continued protection and improvement of ecosystem services, says Leony Aurora   ‘If it’s not statutory, you’re wasting your time. No one is going to...

Bali’s World Heritage rice-field system on brink of collapse

The integrated rice-field irrigation system of Bali, Indonesia, has been awarded World Heritage Cultural Landscape status by UNESCO. It has maintained agricultural ecosystem services for over 1000 years but might not survive its popularity, says Elizabeth Kahurani  ...