Transformation of the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan from forested to agricultural landscapes resulted in the formation of hundreds of lakes, the dynamics of which are largely controlled by inputs from irrigation runoff waters. The importance of the ecological and socio-cultural dimensions of one of these lakes, Shurkul, is discussed in order to understand the connection between humans and their environment.
Abstract: Despite the increasing trend worldwide of integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge in natural resource management, there has been little stock-taking of literature on lessons learned from bringing indigenous knowledge and science together and the implications for maintaining and building social-ecological system resilience.
This video from ILRI describes a recent book from the International Development Research Centre. It details how in natural resource management and watershed management, social and network boundaries need to be crossed with farmers and they need to be brought into the planning and decisions for future policies.
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to make six grant awards averaging $45,000 to support projects working to address food systems, food insecurity and food deserts in Native communities.
This article describes a shift in forest management in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Management strategies are changing to involve and engage the local communities in participatory forest management. This article focuses on the perceptions of the different changing management styles.
EcoAgricultre Blog features a video from PBS on One Acre Fund, an organization in Kenya supporting smallholder farmers by providing resources and insurance to increase crop yields.