The disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima have left vast areas of tainted, uninhabitable land. Their respective governments' drastically different approaches have had a range of consequences for wildlife, farming and the future of those two landscapes.
Did you receive roses for Valentine's Day? If so, they may have come from the Kenya, the 4th largest supplier of cut flowers in the world. Originally from the CIAT Blog, this piece looks at work done in the Tana Basin to ensure good management of land and water resources make sure this industry can continue.
A study in rural Nigeria underscores the importance of direct experience and local context in shaping people’s awareness of ecosystem services. Likewise, there are immediate entry points for government extension services to simultaneously increase human well-being and conservation outcomes.
December 5th is World Soil Day. Rising temperatures are triggering carbon loss in areas with high carbon stocks. CIAT is looking at how to reverse this and how soils can even help sequester more carbon from the atmosphere.
In 2015, China initiated the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism (LMC). One year later, at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum, LMC insiders reflected on what the LMC has accomplished, and how to move beyond the political aspects of the mechanism to focus on water issues and environmental questions.
As human activity pushes our planet past its natural boundaries, the window for reversing environmental damage is rapidly closing. However, by modifying some human activities, especially agriculture, it might be possible to undo some of the damage that we have already done.
The Salween is richly biodiverse and straddles several international borders; as of yet, it is Asia's last un-dammed river. The pressures of globalization and the promise of economic growth have made damming the Salween an attractive option to some, but such a decision would have wide-reaching consequences.
To maximise downstream water quantity, you remove vegetation—all of it, including the trees. To counter rising carbon dioxide levels, you plant trees—lots of them. How should we do both? Reblogged from the Global Water Forum.
Basin-level transboundary water management agreements are the norm, especially in Africa and Asia. However, new research suggests that the most actionable and impactful water management treaties may be taking place at smaller scales.
Received wisdom on forest conservation tells us that working forests are bad for the environment: good forests are "pristine." However, there is no such thing as a pristine forest, and would-be conservationists have much to learn from those who have lived and worked in productive forests.