The economics of sustainable pasture management in Georgia

28 May
2024
Vanja Westerberg

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Client: The ELD Initiative and the German Development Cooperation Main Project Partner: The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)  Altus Project lead: Vanja Westerberg Challenge Natural pastures cover around 25% of Georgia’s area, equivalent to some 1.9 million hectares. The region of Kakheti has the highest share of pastures in Georgia (GeoStat, 2016). […]

The Case for Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in the Upper West Region of Ghana

28 May
2024
Vanja Westerberg

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Client: The Economics of Land Degradation Project phase: January 2018 – January 2020 Land degradation and desertification are amongst the world’s greatest environmental challenges. The African continent is the most affected in terms of soil erosion, but it has a huge potential for ecological restoration (Gnacadja and Wiese, 2016; ELD & UNEP 2015). The “Regreening Africa” […]

The economics of sustainable agricultural intensification, Benin

28 May
2024
Chloe Hill

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Women working in agriculture in Benin

Client: GIZ & ELD Agricultural yields have been on a long steady decline in Benin. As farmers strive to maintain livelihoods and food security, remaining forests lands and other natural habitats are converted and cleared at alarming rates. This trend has direct and indirect knock-on effects on people and nature, further jeopardising the long-term resilience […]

Understanding Community Resource Management Areas in Ghana, West Africa

28 May
2024
Chloe Hill

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Children in Ghana

Client: IUCN Ghana In Ghana, Community Resource Management Areas (CREMA) have been identified as a useful mechanism to foster community participation in forest conservation and management efforts, particularly under REDD+. The CREMA structure involves the devolution of power and authority to communities in off-reserve areas. So far however, established CREMAs face significant challenges in maintaining functionality and […]

Challenging the contentious use of residue burning in Georgia

28 May
2024
Andrew Buckwell

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Talking to Georgian farmers

Client: The Economics of Land Degradation Large wildfires ravaged the Dedoplistako district ‘the wheat basket of Georgia’ in the summer of 2015. They had their origin on farms, as farmers ignite crop residues to dispose of them cheaply after harvest. A dry and windy summer, combined with high yields (large amount of crop residues) made […]