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

7 July
2020
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” […]

Economics of Land Degradation at the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University

7 July
2020
Andrew Buckwell

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Client: GIZ – Kyrgistan & ELD Initiative | Feb 2020 In February 2020, Vanja Westerberg of Altus Impact had the pleasure of lecturing a one-week intensive course on the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) for 2nd year students at the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University of (KNAU). Whilst learning about plant sciences and soil biology in their […]

The economics of sustainable agricultural intensification, Benin

7 July
2020
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

7 July
2020
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 […]

Economic returns from climate change adaptation projects in the Kaffrine region, Senegal

7 July
2020
Chloe Hill

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People in workshop

Client: IIED Responding to the need to adapt to climate variability, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme – led by IIED, IED Afrique and the Near East Foundation consortium – has worked to incorporate climate variability in development planning in Mali and Senegal. This is done recognising that local […]

Challenging the fire regime in Georgia

7 July
2020
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 […]