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Natural Resources Management

The 21st century has woken us up to the reality that our planet of infinite riches is in fact finite and vulnerable. Natural gas, water, minerals, forests, fish, the very air we breathe – all are subject to the vagaries of human desires and government policy.  We urgently need dialogue on every aspect of maximizing our limited resources, including how gender factors in, the role of corporations, and traditional vs. modern management systems.

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  • 04 July 2018
  • Post by Herslund, Lise Byskov
Towards water-resilient cities in Africa

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to urban areas state that everybody has the right to a life with clean water, modern...

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  • 27 June 2018
  • Post by Rylance, Andrew
Financing conservation: making the business case for protected areas

The geographical spread of protected areas across the planet has increased in recent years as part of global efforts to support biological diversity...

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  • 17 May 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Artisanal mines: potentially positive effects on local living standards

Perhaps as much as 4% of the world’s population depends directly on artisanal mines, which produce around 20% of the minerals we use. This column...

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  • 19 April 2018
  • Post by Khan,Yasmin
Refugees and environmental fragility: the Rohingya in Bangladesh

For Rohingya refugees living in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, the only access to cooking fuel has been the national forest beside which they...

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  • 16 April 2018
  • Post by Multiple
When adapting to climate change makes things worse: Peru’s experience

Climate change is leading to unusually high temperatures during the growing season in many parts of the world. This column reports research on the...

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  • 09 April 2018
  • Post by Elueze, Isioma
Improving agricultural policy through greater use of research evidence

Knowledge from research can enhance agricultural policy-making and strengthen national agriculture systems. But as this column explains, it can be a...

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  • 05 April 2018
  • Post by Furman, Eeva
Integrating ecosystem services into land, water and urban management

How should local communities think about the role of ecosystem services in supporting human wellbeing, particularly in the face of climate change and...

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  • 01 April 2018
  • Post by Multiple
India’s transition from agriculture and the growing informal sector

The process of economic growth in India is dispossessing millions of small-scale traditional agricultural and non-agricultural producers, who mostly...

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  • 22 March 2018
  • Post by Fan, Shenggen
Innovations in food systems: the key to human and planetary health

Food systems – the technical, economic, social and environmental processes and actors through which we feed the world’s population – are at the heart...

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  • 05 March 2018
  • Post by Saghir, Jamal
Africa’s agriculture: time for a transformation

Sub-Saharan Africa has a huge opportunity to grow more food through sustainable agriculture. This essay explains how seizing this moment will create...

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