Landscape and spirituality in the Bolivian highlands

In the Aymaran community of Cachilaya, in Bolivia, Campos protects the community against bad weather situations and magic by reading natural indicators. Stars and clouds will help them forecast bad weather that they will fight by blowing horns or using other methods. If the fight is lost, they prevent the community to take measures to protect their crops. Read about the Andean view of the world and spirituality linked with the landscape use and management of this Aymaran community.

Indigenous communities can do more for large-scale conservation than protected areas

The customary leader, or Ondoafi, of Papasena 2 village / CIFOR

A study from Papua, Indonesia, by scientists at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is among the first to show how local communities are protecting extensive areas of land – in contrast to assumptions that such communities overuse or damage natural resources.

Wild Foods and their contribution to diets.

The properties of many African leafy vegetables in Kenya remain unexplored. Photo: Bioversity/D.Hunter

An ethnobiological inventory of available food biodiversity was carried out by means of focus group discussions, and five wild foods were selected for further modelling. A market survey assessed available food prices by season. Diets were modeled to minimize cost and maximize nutrient adequacy using the Cost of Diet linear programming tool. Modeling was done without and with wild foods.

Community Seed Banks – Origins, Evolution and Prospects

Community Seed Banks - Origins, Evolution and Prospects (Earthscan/Routledge in association with Bioversity International)

A new book published by Earthscan/Routledge in association with Bioversity International, Community Seed Banks – Origins, Evolution and Prospects, provides for the first time a global review of their development, including a wide range of case studies.

Upcoming event: Indigenous Terra Madre 2015

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The Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 meeting will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya (North East India) from 3rd to 7th November, 2015. International Mei-Ramew 2015 (IMR 2015) — Mother Earth in the local Khasi language — is the preferred name of the people of Meghalaya for the second edition of the Indigenous Terra Madre. It is a joint venture of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, Rome, Italy; Slow Food International, Bra, Italy; and the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), Shillong, India. Forty one villages from Meghalaya have agreed to be co-hosting villages for ITM 2015/IMR 2015.

Upcoming event: 14th World Forestry Congress

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The 14th World Forestry Congress “Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future” will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015. The Congress will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. The thematic focus include “Forests for socio-economic development and food security”, “Building resilience with forests”, “Integrating forests and other land uses”, “Encouraging product innovation and sustainable trade”, “Monitoring forests for better decision-making”, “Improving governance by building capacity”.