• Key Concepts In seeking to reframe the United States’ disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation rather than response, expanded voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties could play a key role in reducing future disaster costs, thereby contributing to FEMA’s National Mitigation Investment Strategy. Most funding …

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  • Key Concepts High input farming systems practiced around the world since 1960s have resulted in increase in productivity but have resulted in decline of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resources. Ecosystem services concept is appropriate to understand various trade-offs between agriculture and the environment. There is need to …

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  • Colombia is a “megadiverse” country, in culture, ecosystems and biodiversity, and all are supported by an extremely rich network of rivers and watersheds. Several powerful river basins cut through and delineate the borders of the country. The headwaters for hundreds of rivers are found in the high-altitude glaciers , lakes, paramos and cloud …

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  • Have you heard of Community Consensus Institutes? You need to. It is a game-changing social technology for knowledge sharing and peer to peer support. With community consensus, the facilitator is “a guide on the side, not a sage on the stage.” In building consensus, the facilitator has minimal input beyond asking questions that work in […]

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  • Part 1: The global situation, and the alternative society required. The core Eco-socialist claim is that major problems, especially those involving the environment, cannot be solved unless capitalism is replaced by some kind of Socialism. This is a very strong claim.  But the argument in this first of two articles to be published by The …

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