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In December 2014 Lima hosted the 20th UN Conferences of the Parties, and one of the side events was the Global Landscapes Forum, which took place on the 6th and 7th of December. What was this about? Basically the GLF offered a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and meet people from all around the world involved in environmental, sustainability, and social justice issues, a space full of interesting and diverse perspectives about climate change and landscape approaches. But for me, it was also a perfect moment to know more about one of the star topics of the GLF together with the UN Program for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+): Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). Anyone interested in the impact of agriculture and deforestation on climate change should to be aware of the discourses behind these global programs ... read more about discussions at the youth session of the Global Landascape Forum in this article by Javi Rodriguez Ros.
Cycling alternatives!!! So, what is this all about?? A friend of mine, coming after an integration week in Germany with other young people working in the Global Education Network (GLEN), suggested that there is something that I would like to do this summer. He proposed to check out and register for the cycling tour related to my agricultural activities, where I can combine the passion for biking and farming: Perma-cool-tour! When I heard about this initiative I said to myself: “That’s it! I have wanted to do this for so long and now I finally get the chance!” This dream to cycle through Europe was a true challenge for me. It was about cycling and alternative ways of living, it was about sharing knowledge and experiences with others... read more of Marta Panco's cycling trip here.
Analog Forestry and Integrated Land Management in Sri Lanka
"Upon my arrival in the Central hills which encircle the remote rural village of Mirihawatta, I was presented a panoramic view of two different systems of land management – and two different models of rural development – presented side-by-side in striking relief. The contrast is utterly remarkable.
On the crests of the surrounding hills, the native forests have been entirely removed and pure stands of Eucalyptus have taken their place. Fires are employed to clear the understory of weeds, leaving nothing but blackened stumps of guinea grass below. Further down on the slopes, the land is entirely consumed by small vegetable plots, cultivated intensively by the villagers who rely heavily on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides for their production. The severity of soil erosion is visible at a distance, as is the lack of proper terracing, contour bunds, or other soil conservation measures. At mid-day, the sun beats down on dry, degraded soil where once-common birds, mammals and reptiles have now become vanishingly scarce."
.... read more of this recently published piece by Simon Riley on the Global Landscape Forum website.
"The term agroecology has come to mean many things. Loosely defined, agroecology often incorporates ideas about a more environmentally and socially sensitive approach to agriculture, one that focuses not only on production, but also on the ecological sustainability of the production system. This might be called the "normative" or "prescriptive" use of the term agroecology, because it implies a number of features about society and production that go well beyond the limits of the agricultural field. At its most narrow, agroecology refers to the study of purely ecological phenomena within the crop field, such as predator/prey relations, or crop/weed competition." (Altieri, 1995)
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