Agroforestry World Blog

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...

New global accounting standards will ‘make ecosystems count’

International accounting standards for ecosystem services are being developed, allowing environmental costs to be included in economic data and policy, says Leony Aurora     The United Nations Statistics Division has drafted the Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, which highlight...

Ecosystem Services Partnership welcomes businesses to next conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership plans to build closer links with business communities and establish joint working groups for its conference in Costa Rica next year, says Leony Aurora   The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), which is a global network...

Decoding ancient wisdom for effective management of natural resources

Decoding ancient wisdom for effective management of natural resources

Trees and forests held as sacred by indigenous communities are now being associated with important water conservation functions. According to Mowo et al, this suggests that communities were aware that these resources contributed to their well-being, and scientific...

Ecological priorities remain hidden in the management of Indonesia’s forested landscapes

It’s still difficult to integrate ecological priorities into development processes, especially those related to the management of tropical forested landscapes. A recent comparative study of different forest landscapes in Indonesia proves the point, says Yves Laumonier   A...

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...

Human wellbeing must be included in national accounts

Today, development can no longer be measured solely in economic models that show improvement in material consumption but rather on progress in sustaining human wellbeing, says Elizabeth Kahurani   Sustainable wellbeing on a national and global scale largely...

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