On the Roof of the World: fruits from paradise

Author : Frederik van Oudenhoven  A traditional house in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan has five pillars, one for each of the five members of Ali’s family. The most important pillar, the one representing the prophet Mohamed, is made from the wood of the mulberry or apricot tree. These two fruits are so […]

High Nature Value Agri-environment Project for Serbia

Authors : Mark Redman and Tomasz Pezold A project about  promoting the development of agri-environment support schemes for the conservation of High Nature Value (HNV) farming in Serbia has entered its second and final phase of implementation. The two-year project is funded under the Dutch BBI-MATRA programme and implemented jointly by IUCN Programme Office for […]

Palawan Agrobiodiversity Hot Spots under Threat

Author : Dr. Dario Novellino   Between July and September 2009, a mission organized by the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD), University of Kent, England and the Philippines-based Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW), through the support of The Christensen Fund, traveled to Southern Palawan in the Philippines. The mission was led by Dr. Dario Novellino (CBCD researcher), […]

Protecting Crop Wild Relatives – adapting to climate change

Authors : Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley  According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), if average temperature increase exceeds 1-3o C, our potential for food production is likely to decrease. Although there is still uncertainty about the impacts, they are likely to include a reduction in global food security. Agriculture will need to […]

Sustainable Use of Indigenous Trees in New Zealand: the Northland Totara Working Group

Author: Paul Quinlan Prolific natural regeneration of one of New Zealand’s important indigenous tree species, totara (Podocarpus totara), provides a unique opportunity to enhance farmland in Northland, New Zealand. Based on landowners’ observations of its weed-like attributes and research by Dr David Bergin of the Crown Research Institute Scion, the Northland Totara Working Group (NTWG) […]

Why Practice Farming that is Friendly to Biodiversity?

Authors: Shawn Banack and Glen Hvenegaard  The reasons why rural landowners engage in biodiversity-friendly practices are not well known. In a recently completed study, we wanted to determine what motivates landowners to take part in biodiversity conservation practices, using a case study from the Central Parkland Region of Alberta, Canada. Based on semi-structured interviews with […]