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Beekeeping relieves land degradation in Kyrgyzstan
Farming with fire: Revaluing a Japanese agricultural tradition
Researchers are finding merit in a traditional practice that uses fire to prepare and enrich soil.
The Skolt Sámi’s path to climate change resilience
In a photo essay, a UNU fellow illustrates why this reindeer and fishing-reliant indigenous community is developing a climate adaptation plan.
Energy innovation and traditional knowledge
It is crucial to remember that harvesting alternative energy can have impacts on local and indigenous communities.
Land use, climate change adaptation and indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples' resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge and their deep understanding of the land.
Can REDD ever become green?
Social and other safeguards are needed if REDD initiatives are to cut GHG emissions while doing no harm and benefiting indigenous peoples.
China tries alternative to industrial agriculture
China’s great advances have come at the expense of regions with high food insecurity and fragile ecosystems.
Roads and stables mean greener Tajik pastures
A unique collaboration is helping mobilize rural pilot communities to improve small-scale infrastructure and halt land degradation.
Enhancing indigenous knowledge in rice terraces
Melding science and local wisdom can support farming practices threatened by climate change.
Chile’s native seeds in danger of being monopolised
Indigenous and environmental groups fear appropriation of native seeds by foreign companies will impact Chilean biodiversity.
Japanese agricultural heritage systems recognized
Sado Island and the Noto Peninsula are the first sites in Japan, and the developed world overall, to be listed as globally important.
The thriving biodiversity of Peru’s Potato Park
Based on cultural and ecosystem contexts, local communities are well placed to enhance conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity.
Sacred groves sustain bio-cultural richness in Yunnan Stone Forest
Sacred natural sites play a vital role in conservation.
Japanese gardens: a haven for moss diversity
Japan's famed traditional gardens can contribute to the understanding of urban ecosystems and the preservation of moss biodiversity.
Mapping critical politics: a land use expert talks tar sands
Veteran land use planner Petr Cizek shares how and why he helps make maps that show the true scale of Canada's advancing tar sands development.
Biodiversity in the Hani cultural landscape
Indigenous wisdom is key in the complex forestry and land management system practised by the people of China's Ailao Mountains.
Stories from a Biodiverse World
As COP10 begins, the United Nations University is delighted to present films that explore interactions between humans and nature in Japan and across the globe.
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