El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD
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El Niño hits Papua New Guinea…HARD

In an earlier post (The Pacific missing in action at Perth III?), I mentioned the devastating effect that the 2015 El Niño event was having in Papua New Guinea (PNG): frosts in August 2015 had killed the sweet potato crop in areas above 2000 m and severe drought conditions had set in elsewhere. The rains […]

Alliances against invasions
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Alliances against invasions

In the discipline of mountain invasion, the enemy has many faces. Some are large and visible, marching uphill in plain sight. Others are small and sneaky, slipping invisibly and unnoticed behind your back. The problem is: it is not always the big and visible enemies that matter most. It is hard to keep track of […]

Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service?
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Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service?

The Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON) aims to facilitate research among scientists, tribal representatives and other environmental stakeholders to improve the resilience of mountain social-ecological systems. The article Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service? is an outgrowth of MtnSEON efforts and was recently featured in Science magazine. Co-authors include MtnSEON co-lead Sandra Pinel […]

Mesoscale governance and the Andean-Choco’s Commonwealth
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Mesoscale governance and the Andean-Choco’s Commonwealth

Effective decentralized environmental governance requires mechanisms that mobilize information, resources and facilitate decision making at the scales that are relevant for different social and environmental problems. The advantages of shortening the distance between decision makers and people is balanced by challenges related to coordination, especially in cases where fragmentation of decision making can act as […]

You’ve got 10 minutes…
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You’ve got 10 minutes…

“I will give you 10 minutes. Or you just come back next week-end, no problem” was the answer of the government official coming from the district office in Injibara. No need to explain that I had come just for this meeting, that the people had an appointment with us, that we had a letter from […]

Land degradation in the Drakensberg
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Land degradation in the Drakensberg

We did a camping holiday to the Drakensberg area of South Africa this Christmas, also visiting the towns of Winterton, Estcourt, Ladybrand and Colenso in the Uthukela District Municipality. This municipality borders on Lesotho, a mountainous land-locked country, and on the UKhahlamba World Heritage Site, which is part of the Drakensberg Escarpment. The area is […]

AGU 2015 and the Anthropocene
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AGU 2015 and the Anthropocene

The fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, which convenes annually in San Francisco, California, is the largest Earth and Space Science meeting in the world. Now in its 48th year, attendance at the December 14-18, 2015 event reached over 24,000 attendees from countries worldwide. The 1700 technical sessions supported 23,000 oral and poster presentations. […]