Analyse Widely, Act Deeply: Forest and Farm Producer Organisations and the Goal of Climate Resilient Landscapes

Analyse Widely, Act Deeply: Forest and Farm Producer Organisations and the Goal of Climate Resilient Landscapes. International Institute for Environment and Development. James Mayers. April 2019.

Local organisations, thriving among smallholders dependent on adjacent forests or trees growing on their farms, constitute perhaps the world’s biggest and most effective force for improved rural livelihoods and sustainability. They face fast-changing pressures. Many are likely to find it useful to have an organisational goal of contributing to climate resilient landscapes. Various international programmes can help in understanding and supporting such contributions – especially through practical actions for climate adaptation and mitigation, and forest restoration. ‘Landscape approaches’ are helpful for analysing the various connected issues, while context-specific politically-savvy planning is needed for effective action. This paper explores the possible motivations and actions for climate resilient landscapes amongst four different sorts of forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs): indigenous peoples’ organisations, community forest organisations, forest and farm producer groups, and processing groups in urban and peri-urban contexts. The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) aims to help FFPOs to further develop and pursue such practical actions over the next five years. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Progress Paradoxes and Sustainable Growth: Insights from the New Science of Well-being

Progress Paradoxes and Sustainable Growth: Insights from the New Science of Well-being. Brookings Institution. Carol Graham. December 19, 2018

The past century is full of progress paradoxes, with unprecedented economic development, as evidenced by improvements in longevity, health, and literacy. At the same time, we face daunting challenges such as climate change, persistent poverty in poor and fragile states, and increasing income inequality and unhappiness in many of the richest countries. Remarkably, some of the most worrisome trends are in countries with rapid economic growth and falling poverty. Not surprisingly, there is much debate about the sustainability of our future. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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With 2017 Fishing Limits, It’s Time for EU Ministers to Stop Putting Stock Recovery at Risk

With 2017 Fishing Limits, It’s Time for EU Ministers to Stop Putting Stock Recovery at Risk. Pew Charitable Trusts. Andrew Clayton. November 11, 2016.

Fisheries ministers in the European Union are still too often taking risks when setting fishing limits—with stocks, with the science, and with the law—as demonstrated by the outcome of the October Council meeting. Two more critical Council decisions on annual limits will be made before the end of 2016, so what is at stake?

The benefits of ending overfishing are clear. A recent report by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd., a U.K.-based consultancy, highlights five case studies that show that when fishing in EU waters is brought within sustainable limits, the ecosystem, fishing businesses catching these stocks, and coastal communities all benefit. The prospect of such gains, along with the failure to fish sustainably in past decades, is what led EU decision-makers to commit in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy 2013 to ending overfishing within clear deadlines. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Waste Not, Want Not: Industries Innovate With Trash

Waste Not, Want Not: Industries Innovate With Trash: With growing global population and urbanization comes more waste; governments, companies hunt for sustainable solutions. YaleGlobal. Susan Froetschel. October 11, 2016.

With urbanization and a swelling global middle class come enormous amounts of waste. Many governments and companies respond to this challenge with sustainable solutions including recycling. Organic material – food, in particular – is the largest part of household waste in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Countries are changing laws, allowing redistribution of food or flexibility on expiration dates. Other initiatives include recycled textiles as well as technologies that reuse sewage, plastic waste and industrial chemicals. The ongoing collaboration among industries, governments and multinational organizations demonstrates the power of globalization, offering hope for other initiatives to protect the environment. “The circular economy, turning trash into treasure, promises innovation and sustainability,” concludes Susan Froetschel, YaleGlobal’s managing editor. Most consumers appreciate recycling and efforts to protect the environment, but “they also expect to be treated as partners – fully informed through adequate labeling, regulatory reviews and education campaigns.” [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Hold the Salmon, How About Scup? For Sustainable Seafood, Variety is Key

Hold the Salmon, How About Scup? For Sustainable Seafood, Variety is Key. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Amrita Gupta. August 12, 2016.

Atlantic salmon and blue fin tuna have been overfished nearly to extinction and farmed fish come with concerns such as the overuse of antibiotics. Yet there are hundreds of delicious and sustainable fish like mullet, dogfish, and scup, species often referred to as “trash fish.” For sustainable seafood, let’s be more adventurous and try fish like scup. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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A U.S. Strategy for Sustainable Energy Security

A U.S. Strategy for Sustainable Energy Security. Atlantic Council. David Koranyi. March 4, 2016.

In today’s interconnected world, global climate and energy security are critical to the United States’ national security and its current and future economic prosperity. National energy systems, including that of the U.S., have to adapt in a dynamic fashion to transformative changes in the world of energy. Failure or delay in the adaptation process will result in substantial economic disadvantage and national security vulnerabilities, and risk the overall position of the U.S.’s position as the leading global power in the twenty-first century. Climate change represents an ever growing direct risk to the American people as extreme weather events wreak havoc, rising sea levels engulf coastal cities, and natural beauties and wildlife habitats are being degraded. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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White Paper on Business Sustainability: What it is and why it matters

White Paper on Business Sustainability: What it is and why it matters. World Economic Forum. July 30, 2013.

In the 21st century, business sustainability needs to be understood in terms of the environment, economic development, human rights, women’s empowerment, and rule of law. Smart businesses are incorporating these broader principles of sustainability into their business decisions, and developing practical standards and metrics to help apply these principles in practice. These measures work to maximize opportunity and minimize the negative impact their core businesses have on the environment, the community and the economy in places where they operate, according to the report. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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