Land Management

Up to 80% of Worldwide Biodiversity is Contained in Areas Managed by Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities

20th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Nature Conservancy.  The Brazilian Amazon; East Africa’s savannahs; Western Canada’s temperate rainforests; Northern Australia’s deserts: what do these habitats all have in common? They are massive carbon sinks, rich in wildlife—and much of their area is managed by indigenous peoples. In fact, indigenous peoples and local communities own… [more]

Study: Payments for Environmental Services Supported Social Capital While Increasing Land Management

21st June 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. “Abstract: Payments for environmental services (PES) programs incentivize landowners to protect or improve natural resources. Many conservationists fear that introducing compensation for actions previously offered voluntarily will reduce social capital (the institutions, relationships, attitudes, and values… [more]

Legalization of Indigenous Territories in Colombia: Advances in the Consolidation of Biocultural Corridors

3rd April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Amazon Conservation Team.  “Secure land rights for indigenous peoples can produce significant social, environmental and economic benefits for local communities and society at large. In the nation of Colombia, in recent years, local indigenous organizations, the international community, and the government have joined forces to achieve significant advances in the… [more]

Food Systems Depend On Health Of Natural World, IUCN Emphasises At Future of Farming Debate

29th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on IUCN.  “European and global food systems will only be able to continue delivering if the natural world is in a healthy condition, IUCN’s Global Director for Policy, Cyriaque Sendashonga, said on Tuesday (27 March) during a major event in Brussels on the future of agriculture. Agricultural systems are deeply… [more]

The Global Status & Trends of Payments for Ecosystem Services

13th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Nature Sustainability.  “Abstract: Recent decades have witnessed a considerable increase in Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)—programmes that exchange value for land management practices intended to provide or ensure ecosystem services—with over 550 active programmes around the globe and an estimated US$36–42 billion in annual transactions. PES represent a recent policy… [more]

Effective Payment Strategies for Ecosystem Services According to the Asian Development Bank

12th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Asian Development Bank. …The most successful of these payment for ecosystem services schemes in Brazil is the Bolsa Floresta program. Initiated in 2007, Bolsa Floresta is widely considered as the biggest payment for ecosystem services program in the world. The program rewards families living in protected areas who agree to… [more]