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Win-win for people and planet: smart shepherding in South Africa
The Karoo, in South Africa, is a harsh environment in which to make a living out of agriculture—the area is mostly devoid of surface water. Its name is derived from…
Rewilding in Argentina: the giant river otter returns to Iberá park
The first attempt to reintroduce an extinct mammal in Argentina brings hope for restored ecosystems and increased ecotourism opportunities based on wildlife…
Mangrove conservation more valuable than ever thanks to carbon trading
When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution. The UN…
Let’s #StopSoilErosion to ensure a food secure future: 5 reasons why we need to protect our soils
One of the key ingredients to a #ZeroHunger future is the soil beneath our feet. Although it may not look like much, soil is full of water, nutrients and microorganisms that are vital for growing our…
Dive professionals on the front line of coral reef protection
Interview with JJ Harvey, Director of The Reef-World Foundation, about the charity’s new Dive Guide e-Course—a free online course to train dive guides on best…
Big potential benefits from restoring spekboom thicket ecosystems in South Africa
When the goats on his farm had nothing more to eat, the soil had eroded and most of the vegetation had been destroyed, South African farmer Pieter Kruger had to…
Working as one: how Indonesia came together for its peatlands and forests
In September 2015, the sky above Kalimantan, Indonesia, turned a dark yellow as fires swept across the region’s peatlands emitting a dense haze. The streets became…
Giant step forward for conservation in Chilean Patagonia
On 10 May, Tompkins Conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Government of Chile announced an agreement to create a public-private fund to ensure the future…
Striking a balance between conservation and development
A few years ago, a team of scientists and engineers speculated in a documentary series what might become of Earth if humans suddenly disappeared. They predicted…
Rangeland restoration: a new priority for the next decade
For Mongolians, the word “rangeland” (belcheer) also means “homeland” (nutag). Rangelands are not only a source of feed for livestock but also a symbol of the value…
Warning: a sixth mass species extinction is on the cards
When an entrepreneur designs, makes and markets handbags made of donkey skin, and they become hugely popular, that’s good for business and employment, right? But if…
Paradise found: Saint Lucia preserving beauty through data and policy action
If ever an island justified the label “paradise” that tourist brochures liberally apply to destinations, it is Saint Lucia. Shaped like a teardrop, this tiny…