Landscapes for people, food and nature

I was invited to write a blog piece on our riparian reserve research for the Landscapes for Food, People and Nature Initiative.

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The initiative fosters cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and action to improve food sustainability and biodiversity conservation. The partners involved include UNEP, the World Resources Institute, The World Agroforestry Centre, Conservation International and several others. Their aim is “to understand and support integrated agricultural landscape approaches to simultaneously meet goals for food production, ecosystem health and human wellbeing.” They are carrying out a global review of knowledge on integrated sustainable land management, through which they put people in touch with a wider range of beneficiaries of ecosystem services and help establish new institutions to manage rural and urban landscapes. 

My post “Assessing sustainable palm oil production with the help of dung beetles” has just gone out on their website.

Better palm oil debate

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I was invited to submit a piece on my research to the Better Palm Oil Debate; an independent platform for discussion of issues surrounding palm oil.

The main message is that we can retain more species within oil palm plantations by protecting small amounts of native forest. Even though riparian reserves appear to be narrow, degraded strips of habitat, they can provide resources for many species that would not otherwise survive in oil palm plantations.

The full text is available at:

http://betterpalmoildebate.org/features/post.php?s=2014-02-27-oil-palm-plantations-do-not-have-to-be-green-deserts

The first paper I’ve published on this data is open access and available to all, here.