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Biodiversity and Human Health: new publication!

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review published on 4 June by the Convention on Biological Diversity and […]

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Call for papers: Women and Agroecology

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The December 2015 issue of Farming Matters will focus on women’s role in promoting agroecology and how it has helped them achieve their goals. The magazine will take a closer look at what motivates women to inspire progress in farming and food. Deadline: 1 September 2015. Read the full Call for articles and the Guide […]

Sixth World Conference on Ecological Restoration

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The Sixth World Conference on Ecological Restoration will take place from 23 to 27 August 2015 in Manchester, England, with the theme: Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild. The 4-day scientific program will feature world-renowned keynote and plenary speakers, including Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), thought-provoking symposia, pre-conference training courses, field trips, and a range of concurrent sessions such as “Ensuring adapted plant material for restoration: seed zones, climate change and insuring genetic diversity through seed increase”, “Socio-ecological resilience in restoration ecology”, “The shared conservation challenges and distinct restoration needs of forests and the grassy biomes” and many more…

27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), August 2-6, 2015 in Montpellier, France

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SCB is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.

Soil-tree-crop interactions in parkland systems: A review

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The ‘parklands’ that form the most widespread farming systems in the Sahelian zone of West Africa are farming systems in which annual crops are grown under scattered trees preserved from the natural vegetation by farmers clearing the woodlands to make crop fields. Being mixed agricultural systems, the interactions between trees and crops have always been a key element determining the management options applied by farmers. A combination of field trials, observational studies and modeling has been deployed to understand soil–tree–crop interactions, including sharing of growth resources by the system components. Despite scientific advances, there are still some methodological challenges in determining the tradeoffs and synergies between and among goods and services, and how to boost the provisioning, supporting and regulating functions of such agroforestry systems. Providing such ecosystem service functions is critical in the quest for ensuring food security while achieving adaptation and mitigation goals in vulnerable environments like the drylands.

Call for contributions: ABS of plant genetic resources for farmers and agroecology?

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Call for articles: “Making access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources work for family farmers and agroecology”: in a forthcoming special issue of the magazine “Farming Matters,” ILEIA in collaboration with Bioversity International will explore if and how access and benefit sharing related to plant genetic resources can work for family farmers and agroecology. The publication will primarily be based on experiences of family farmers from around the world and aims to inform farmers and practitioners, researchers, civil society, and policy makers. Send your contribution before 15 August 2015

Biodiversity and Human Health: new publication!

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Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review published on 4 June by the Convention on Biological Diversity and […]