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The Pachamama Alliance
They aim to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment by bridging the indigenous and modern worlds.

"Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all.

With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, our programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

Started 1995 by Bill & Lynne Twist.

Their partner in China who localised presenter's manual and video subtitles to Chinese is Huadao Eco-village / SDC in Chengdu / Sichuan.

Agrachina  Sustainability  Platform  southamerica  USA  China  community  Social_Networking  Social  Social_Media  Education  Ecology  Ecobalance  environmentalism  Environment  Humanitarian  activism  Volunteer  NGO_NPO 
4 weeks ago by eocas
Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
5 weeks ago by eocas
Fermes d'avenir
Intro by

"Maxime de Rostolan founded the organisation Fermes d'avenir five years ago. In France, this organisation supports agro-ecological smallholder initiatives through appropriate training formats, advisory services, model farms as well as lobbying and public relations work."

Agrachina  farming  France  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  Agroecology  PR  agency  workshop  Education  Training  Platform  NGO_NPO  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farming  Consultancy 
11 weeks ago by eocas
Ridgedale | permaculture farm
Intro by

"Richard Perkins of the Swedish Ridgedale Farm presented techniques and approaches that make it possible to make small farms ecologically valuable and economically viable. "It is our responsibility to regenerate our landscape through small profitable farms that bring people back into farming," said Perkins."

Agrachina  farming  Sweden  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
11 weeks ago by eocas
Les jardins de la grelinette | Bio-intensive farm
Intro by
"A small organic farm in St-Armand, QC, Canada. There, Maude-Hélène and Jean-Martin Fortier have been cultivating one hectare of land for a good ten years, growing 40 varieties of vegetables that they market directly - and live well with. "The key to success is to move away from a tractor-oriented approach to a people-oriented approach," said the Fortiers at a conference.

Their microfarm is one of the best-known examples of new agricultural concepts, “which have impressive effects due to their systemic approach. They are very productive on small areas and are called bio-intensive agriculture, market gardening or micro-farms,” writes the Stiftung Ökologie&Landbau (SÖL) for explanation. “Inspired by agricultural ecology and permaculture, they are economically profitable, ecologically valuable and socially respectful. Their low investment costs make these concepts particularly interesting for young people wishing to enter the agricultural sector.”

Agrachina  farming  Canada  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
11 weeks ago by eocas
Joanna Macy
From Wiki:
"Joanna Rogers Macy is an environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology."

She is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects (, a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change.

Based in California.

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Environment  environmentalism  Expert  interview  Philosophy  Ecology  book  workshop  Framework  Social  changemanagement  Consultancy  USA 
january 2019 by eocas
Grace Foundation
"The Grace Foundation raises funds and engages people with resources (money, knowledge, influence) to invest in a system change. [...] We further the creation of Terra Nova by supporting a network of comprehensive cultural models which we call healing biotopes. These centers aim to be self-sufficient thus laying the base for an alternative economy, decentralized and free from the conventional mechanisms of interest, debt and exploitation. This alternative economy is key to humanizing money. We support the implementation of this network by funding education and knowledge-sharing."

"Established in 2007 by Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis (Schweibenalp). The original inspiration to create a conduit for diverting money into large-scale peace work came to Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn during a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The strategy of building models for bringing about system change is based upon a political theory developed by Dr. Dieter Duhm and brought to life in the community of Tamera in Southern Portugal which we recognize as the first model ‘healing biotope’."

Ethical Principles:
"1) Work towards decentralized regional self-sufficiency in water, food and energy thus providing the complicity-free material base for a new culture.

2) Give equal attention to inner and outer peace work. It is seldom that a project fails due to external pressure alone. Egoic structures like struggles for power and attention, jealousy and envy need to be addressed and transformed for the healing of our culture of separation. This work must be held in balance with the needs of and the service to the larger whole.

3) Accept and address love and sexuality as aspects of the dominant culture which are in particular need of healing. These issues must be released from the domain of privacy and brought into public discourse for the healing and learning of all.

4) Support a spiritual practice which places the sacredness of life at its center.

5) Create an economy based on reciprocity, communal sharing and giving. One in which economy and ecology are restored to their right relationship – with economy serving ecology."

Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Switzerland  Spain  Culture  decentralization  water  food  Energy  health  Philosophy  community  Economy  Ecology  Permaculture 
october 2018 by eocas
International Rivers
"Since 1985 at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.

We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.

We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, banks, companies and international agencies. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa."

Also active in Guizhou / China.

Agrachina  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  rural  Ecology  community  Africa  NGO_NPO  China  Guizhou  environmentalism  Sustainability 
february 2018 by eocas
"Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world.

The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the concept was developed and put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
The Aurovilians come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.
A 109-hectare area to the north of the Peace Area, the Industrial Zone, a zone for "green" industries, is focused on Auroville's efforts towards a self-supporting township. It will contain small and medium-scale industries, training centres, arts and crafts, and the city's administration.
The city area with a radius of 1.25 km. will be surrounded by a Green Belt of 1.25 km width. As a zone for organic farms, dairies, orchards, forests, and wildlife areas, this belt will act as a barrier against urban encroachment, provide a variety of habitats for wildlife, and serve as a source for food, timber, medicines etc. and as a place for recreation.

Presently an area of 405 hectares, the Green Belt - though incomplete - stands as an example of successful transformation of wasteland into a vibrant eco-system. Its further planned extension with an additional 800 hectares will make it into a remarkable demonstration site for soil and water conservation, ground water recharge, and environmental restoration."

Agrachina  Permaculture  india  Sustainability  farm  Ecosystem  ecological  Ecology  Rural_Development  Environment  environmentalism  Philosophy  sustainable  sustainablecompany  community  Organic  Organic_Farm  Organic_Education  Craftsmanship  GreenArchitecture 
january 2018 by eocas
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)
"Initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) that helps people help themselves through trade, improving the social, economic and ecological living conditions of smallholder cotton farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through training programs, Cotton made in Africa teaches the cotton farmers about modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly cultivation methods that help them improve the quality of their cotton, yield higher crops, and thus earn a better income."

Aid by Trade Foundation was established in 2005 by Dr. Michael Otto. Originally the foundation was named "Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry in Developing Countries" (FSAF). In 2007, the foundation changed its name to "Aid by Trade Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry". Its mission is to promote environmental protection and to improve the living conditions in developing countries.

Agrachina  NGO_NPO  Cotton  Africa  foundation  Social  Ecology  Training  Organic  farming  Sustainability  Agriculture  Agricultural_Trade  Forestry  Germany 
january 2018 by eocas
Designing Regenerative Cultures - book by Daniel Christian Wahl
"This is a ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ for the 21st century: an impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s wrong with our societies, organizations, ideologies, worldviews and cultures – and how to put them right. The book covers the finance system, agriculture, design, ecology, economy, sustainability, organizations and society at large.

In this remarkable book, Daniel Wahl explores ways in which we can reframe and understand the crises that we currently face and explores how we can live our way into the future. Moving from patterns of thinking and believing to our practice of education, design and community living, he systematically shows how we can stop chasing the mirage of certainty and control in a complex and unpredictable world.

The book asks how can we collaborate in the creation of diverse regenerative cultures adapted to the unique biocultural conditions of place? How can we create conditions conducive to life?"

Agrachina  book  Sustainability  design  Culture  Cultivation  Eco  Ecobalance  Ecology  Environment  environmentalism  Research  material  climatechange  Permaculture  Organic_Agriculture  Education  Organic_Education 
december 2017 by eocas
CASVI - China Alliance of Social Value Investment-Shenzhen (社会价值投资联盟)
"First licensed non-profit-organization specializing in social value (impact) investment promotion in China. Initiated by 50 prominent institutions led by YouChange Social Entrepreneur Foundation, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Investment Association of China, Tsing Capital Investment.
The pursuit of social value, sustainable returns and measurable evaluation should be attached with the same importance, and the economic incentives and social goals should be combined. Hence, the enterprises, social organization, masses and government can be encouraged to work effectively and jointly push forward the sustainable development of the economy and society.
social issues like polarization between the rich and the poor, environmental protection, climate change
effective approach is to unite the government, market and social departments for joint social innovation action, and guide the good capital or patient capital to enterprises or organizations which are adept in identifying social issues and provide sustainable solutions. Only in this way can the antagonism between the society and commerce be broken, and a new social ecological system developed.
Supply-demand analysis framework report on the diversified subjects and mechanisms that promote social value investment in China."

Key elements:
- Implementation rules for the government to purchase public service from the society
- Infrastructure construction in relation to social value investment market
- Researches on the concept framework and ecology of social value investment
- Responsible consumption and procurement should be advocated
- Social value investment should be introduced to the reform of state-owned enterprises and public institution.
- Laws and policy systems concerned should be improved, market players and service organizations (incl. Advisory Committee) should be developed.

Investment fields:
- Inclusive Financing
- Intelligent Manufacturing
- Green Agriculture
- Health & Pension
- Green Energy
- Education Quality

Three-A Model for social value investment:
1. Aim,
2. Approach,
3. Action.

Policy recommendations in consideration of:
- Definition difficulty,
- Imbalanced participants,
- Incomplete chain development
- Undefined system framework
- Inadequate tools

Based in Shenzhen.

China  Agrachina  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business_Advisory_relevant  NGO_NPO  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  development  Sustainability  Environment  goodgovernance  Policy  Research  Finance  Manufacturing  Green-New-Wave  Greentech  GreenArchitecture  Energy  Education  Innovation  Ecology 
october 2017 by eocas
Pesticide Action Network International (PAN Intl)
"PAN is a network of over 600 participating nongovernmental organizations, institutions and individuals in over 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. Founded in 1982 and has five independent, collaborating Regional Centers that implement its projects and campaigns. PAN International contains: PAN North America, PAN Latin America, PAN Africa, PAN Asia Pacific, PAN Europe."

Creates important reports such as:

Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology

And provide this banned-pesticide database:

import_simplenote  Agrachina  Pesticide  Ecology  Social  Agroecology  Database  NGO_NPO  Ecobalance  europe 
may 2017 by eocas
The Natural Step - Accelerate the transition to a sustainable society
NPO founded in founded in Sweden in 1989 by Karl-Henrik Robèrt.

They attempt to draft the following definition of sustainability:

"The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society - A Science-Based Definition of Sustainability:

-> Framework For Strategic Sustainable Development revolves around a robust, science-based definition of sustainability. “Robust” means that the principles contained in this definition are both necessary and enough to achieve sustainability. They are also applicable to any activity at any scale and they don’t overlap (each principle covers its own domain).
Scientifically ... four system conditions ... basic sustainability principles:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing …

1. … concentrations of substances from the earth’s crust (such as fossil CO2 and heavy metals),

2. … concentrations of substances produces by society (such as antibiotics and endocrine disruptors),
3. … degradation by physical means (such as deforestation and draining of groundwater tables),

4. ... in that society … there are no structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning."

They developed the ABCD PROCESS to help interested companies to apply the rules for sustainability to their core business model, to improve long-term value creation. Steps:

A. Awareness: ‘whole-systems’ definition to build a vision

B. Baseline assessment: Conduct a sustainability ‘gap analysis’ of the major flows and impacts of the organisation. Assist organisations to identify critical sustainability issues, their business implications, and strategic opportunities for change.

C. Creative solutions: Innovative ways to realize vision by re-shaping mission, strategy and organization.

D. Devise a plan: Milestone plan with first steps, “low hanging fruits” and longer term planning."

Have branch offices and partners in Sweden, Canada, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, China, Israel, Germany.

In Switzerland their org
Sustainability  Ecobalance  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  NGO_NPO  Switzerland  Sweden  Consultancy  research  Report  Netherlands  Germany  China  Israel  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Business_Model  SocialEntrepreneur  import_agrachina  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
september 2016 by eocas
MTP (Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project)
"Since 2007 aims to raise community awareness [...] By planting trees in Inner Mongolia, the Million Tree Project is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions there [...] fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees.
Land exploitation such as overgrazing and over-farming have degraded the land of Tongliao Municipality, and the now desertified area is expanding at an astonishing rate.
This project will reforest the area in order to revitalize the land and block the sandstorms.
Planted the first million trees in 2012.
Besides planting, community and education programs are implemented through our program to raise awareness and assist local living standards, ensuring positive impacts and project sustainability."

environment  environmentalism  activism  Sustainability  urban  gardening  Green-New-Wave  GreenArchitecture  Ecobalance  China  Shanghai  NGO_NPO  Ecology  rural_development  climatechange  erosion  community  education  innermongolia  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2016 by eocas
What does organic wool mean?
"[grazing sheep] help to improve the soil’s ability to absorb water, maintain its original nutrient balance and therefore increase the organic matter in the soil, making the soil an effective carbon bank.
Standards for organic livestock production:
- Feed and forage used for the sheep from the last third of gestation must be certified organic
- Synthetic hormones and genetic engineering are prohibited
- Use of synthetic pesticides on pastureland is prohibited
- Sheep cannot be treated with parasiticides
- Good cultural and management practices of livestock
- No mulesing (folds of skin around the sheep’s anus are cut off. Common in Australia)
Important: USDA and OTA organic wool designations: the organic certification extends only to livestock – it doesn’t cover the further processing of the raw wool.
Scouring, the process of washing the wool uses lots of water, energy and causes contaminated waste water.
(No) conventional detergents used in wool scouring include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) or fatty alcohol ethoxylates (more benign); sodium carbonate (soda ash), sodium chloride and sodium sulphate. APEOs are known to be toxic for aquatic life – e.g. causing feminization of male fish.
Wool in conventional weaving, dying and finishing often treated for moth and beetle protection, which can cause neutrotoxic effects in humans.
International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) has adopted a new organic wool standard (closely aligned with GOTS).
“Eco wool” must meet the standards set by the EU Eco-label."

Animal_Welfare  Organic  Australia  textile  Ecology  Water_Pollution  water  Soil  Soil_Conditions  Livestock  certification  Certified_Emission_Reductions  Carbon_Trade  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Organic_Fertilizer  Organic_Products  Organic_Textile  organic_education  organic_info  Sustainability  Standardization  Label  European_Food_and_Safety_Authority  environment  import_agrachina  Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  climatechange  usa 
august 2016 by eocas
Climate, Energy, Economy: Pick Two (Resilience Is The New Black)
Article by Dr. Nelson Lebo, a serial permaculture property developer about the world's dilemma, with resiliency in mind as possible way out (e.g. with permaculture). Excerpts:

"We used to have this saying that if someone asks you to do a job good, fast and cheap, you’d say: pick two. You can have it good and cheap, but then it won’t be fast, etc.
when it comes to our societies we face a similar issue with our climate, energy and the economy.
Everything that is not resilient to high energy prices and extreme weather events will become economically unviable.
Investments of time, energy, and money in resilience will become more economically valuable.
Most people will experience climate change as a quality of life issue, and quality of life is related to a certain extent to disposable income. Acting or not acting proactively or reactively on climate change is expensive and gets more expensive every day.
Resilience Is The New Black.
Smart communities recognize challenges and respond accordingly. The best response is to develop resilience in the following areas: ecological, equity, energy and economic.
Pope Francis has identified climate change and wealth inequality as the greatest challenges facing humanity.
The knowledge, skills and experience gained while developing resilience are the ultimate in ‘job security’ for an increasingly volatile future."

Permaculture  Energy_Production  Energy-saving  Ecobalance  Ecology  Business_Model  Business_Advisory_relevant  Sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina  climatechange  Business_Planning 
july 2016 by eocas
Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming
“ Rodale Institute announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil's ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The campaign will call for the restructuring of our global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology.
The white paper states that "We could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term "regenerative organic agriculture.""
cover crops, residue mulching, composting and crop rotation. Conservation tillage, while not yet widely used in organic systems, is a regenerative organic practice integral to soil-carbon sequestration. Other biological farming systems that use some of these techniques include ecological, progressive, natural, pro-soil, and carbon farming.
encourage new research, new policy and the rapid expansion of regenerative agricultural methods “

Research_Institutes  Report  research  environment  climatechange  farming  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  Sustainability  Soil  agriculture  Carbon_Trade  Ecology  Ecobalance  import_agrachina  Agrachina  usa 
june 2016 by eocas
"This policy brief explores the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB). It is jointly published by China Water Risk and the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China (MEP-FECO). The brief sets out strategies and recommendations for green development along the river, which is of strategic importance to China. This collaboration expands on China Water Risk’s earlier work on trade- offs within the water-food-energy-climate nexus."

Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  water  pollution  environment  policy  China  Ecology  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
"Report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), launched on 2 June 2016 at the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference (Norway) calls for a radical change in our food production systems.

Many of the problems in food systems are linked specifically to the uniformity at the heart of industrial agriculture, and its reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Simply tweaking industrial agriculture will not provide long-term solutions to the multiple problems it generates.
It is not a lack of evidence holding back the agroecological alternative. It is the mismatch between its huge potential to improve outcomes across food systems, and its much smaller potential to generate profits for agribusiness firms."

Critical response of a farmer who argues generalizations on the farm-side issues of farm justice:

Research_Agriculture_Investments  Research_Institutes  Research_Analytics_Organic  research  datasource  Report  Sustainability  Food_Trade  food  food_safety  foodsystems  Ecobalance  Ecology  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Publication  farming  biodiversity  Fertilizer  Pesticide  Agroecology  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  organic_education  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Marketing  Organic_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
Ithaka Institute
"Open source network for carbon intelligence. Non-profit research foundation based in Valais (Switzerland) and Rochester (NY, USA). A leading research collaboration for carbon sequestration through agronomic methods with expertise in production, post-production treatment and use of biochar. It coordinates the European working group on biochar characterisation and has established the European Biochar Certificate."

research  Research_Institutes  Ecology  Ecobalance  Soil  Research_Analytics_Organic  NGO_NPO  Switzerland  data  Biochar  agroforestry  viticulture  fruits  biodiversity  import_agrachina  Open_Data  Agrachina  usa 
may 2016 by eocas
Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFS)

"SFS Programme of the 10-Year Framework for Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable food systems.

The SFS Programme aims to promote sustainability all along the food value chain, from farm to fork. It does so through concrete activities including in the areas of awareness raising, capacity development, facilitating access to knowledge and information, and strengthening partnerships. The Programme brings together existing initiatives and partnerships working in related areas, highlighting good practices and success stories, and builds synergies as well as cooperation among stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual objectives and minimize duplication of ongoing efforts. Within its four work areas, the Programme focuses on priority activities such as the promotion of sustainable diets and the reduction of food losses and waste."

sustainability  consumer  food  security  food_safety  Stakeholder_Management  foodsystems  Food_Processing  Food_Trade  policy  Ecology  waste  import_agrachina  Agrachina  supplychain 
may 2016 by eocas
Avoiding Future Famines - Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Security through Sustainable Food Systems
Report / book by United Nations Environmental Program.

Food security discourse: Its ecological foundation. The report argues that while factors such as availability, access, utilization and stability must be given adequate attention for global food security to be achieved, an underlying factor – the ecological dimension is not only largely being overlooked but is also being undermined.

Main objectives:

1. To describe the problem. What is the significance of the ecological foundation of food security and how is this foundation being undermined by societal pressures?

2. To offer some possible solutions. How can we build sustainable food systems?

Some of the causes or threats are longstanding (over- fishing, agricultural practices that lead to soil erosion), but some are new or growing (climate change, coastal dead zones, competition for land between food and biofuels, competition for water between irrigation and other water use sectors).
Lower meat consumption!

food  security  Ecology  sustainability  policy  politics  fish  climatechange  foodsystems  biofuels  irrigation  water  consumption  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (HBS)
About: "... a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network We work with 160 project partners in over 60 countries. [...] one of six political foundations in Germany [...] associated with the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens), but works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. We are a think tank for green visions and projects that provides a platform for international dialogue. In China, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung works in cooperation with the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO). We also work with governmental departments and think tanks, academic institutions and civil society organizations. Our activities in China are focused on three main areas: Ecology and Sustainable Development, Social Developments and Gender Equality, Globalization and China’s Role in Global Governance. Our aim is to promote mutual understanding between China and Germany as well as Europe." HAG
foundation  sustainability  politics  policy  NGO_NPO  Green-New-Wave  Research  Ecology  rural_development  Gender  China  Germany  Investor_relations  Fundraising  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2016 by eocas
Contradictions in state- and civil society-driven developments in China’s ecological agriculture sector
Scientific paper by Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, Aijuan Chen on Food Policy as part of Elsevier journal volume 45 ( ). About: "It examines the trajectory of ecological agriculture development in China in the past two decades. It also points out the the state's contradictory roles in this process and the newly emerged civil society initiatives in ecological farming." Highlights: "• China has stringent food production standards to approach zero ecological impact. • State support for eco-agriculture is part of the agricultural modernization agenda. • Yet state support fosters high-tech farming that excludes smaller producers. • Consumer priorities are food safety, not environmental protection or farmer incomes. • Some exceptions include values-oriented CSAs, farmers’ markets, and buying clubs." HAG
Report  China  Agricultural_Development  Ecology  policy  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  agriculture  chinese  Research  food_standards  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2015 by eocas
Humans’ staggering effect on Earth
Breathtaking photos how landscapes / animal's natural habitat have been changed on human impact. HAG
pollution  Air  Water_Pollution  Soil_Pollution  environment  Ecology  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2015 by eocas
From antibiotics to fossil fuels: the inconvenient truth about sustainability
Article that elaborates why big business often still is refuting necessary changes of our economies (towards more sustainable). HAG
sustainability  Fossil_Fuels  organic_agriculture  Ecology  Ecobalance  Innovation  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2015 by eocas
Grow Heirloom Seeds
On the differences between heirloom, hybrid and GMO seeds.
Seeds  Biodiversity  Ecology  organic_farming  organic_agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2015 by eocas
About: "GreenFact's Mission is to bring the factual content of complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists. To this end, The GreenFacts Initiative publishes clear, faithful summaries of existing scientific reports on environmental and health topics: the GreenFacts Digests and the GreenFacts Co-Publications. These are peer reviewed under the control of an independent Scientific Committee. The Greenfacts Initiative publishes also “news” that briefly and factually highlight the content of some recent reports in these matters. These news are not peer reviewed. The GreenFacts Initiative is a non-profit project founded in 2001 Initially “GreenFacts Foundation” and then changed to "GreenFacts" in 2004, it is now "its is managed by Cogeneris sprl." HAG
environment  Health  Research  Ecology  sustainability  Statistics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Intro: "The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably." HAG
NGO_NPO  Ecology  environment  environmentalism  Report  Statistics  sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests
The rapid deforestation of rain forests has been almost stopped in the last four years through a combination of factors. Most importantly, leading commodity-trading companies have been pushed, often by consumer-focused campaigns led by environmental groups to purchasing from sustainably-produced labels. The monitoring has gotten better through satellite imagery, drones and other technical advantages like photo traps. "Some small countries like Costa Rica pioneered the development of payments for ecosystem services in the 1990s and is widely viewed as a leader when it comes to developing business models designed to keep forests intact. In so doing, it has moved to a more lucrative service-based economy." [...] "Community-managed forests experienced an average deforestation rate that is 11 times lower than areas outside their borders. Legally recognized, community-managed forest amounts to 513 million hectares, or one-eighth of the world’s forests." HAG
Forestry  Ecology  Label  sustainability  Trade  NGO_NPO  community  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina 
january 2015 by eocas
Recent Chinese History in Ecosystem Perspective
This scientific paper sets China's ecological problems in historical context and show as an example how remote Nuosu ethnic minority (belongs to the "Yi people") handle the socioeconomical challenges that the environmental problems cause. 20100607/HAG
Ecology  Sustainability  Ethnic_Minority  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2010 by eocas
20 $ per Gallon - Visions of an Energy-Starved World
This book written by Christopher Steiner imagines the positive effects that a higher oil price would have. Comeback of corner shops instead of impersonal suburban shopping centers, taking the bicycle instead of using the car would improve the health state and and also the food transports would be reduced a lot. This prevision is not just utopistic, many signs show it this direction and I hope, for the sake of the world, that it will come true. 20091002/HAG
Ecology  Politics  Sustainability  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2009 by eocas
China tries to make officials see green
Something we will have not to tell them, but to consider. This could helpf us a lot. 20090706 /HAG
Environment  Ecology  Green-New-Wave  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2009 by eocas

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