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Equator Initiative Case Study - Farmers’ Association for Rural Upliftment

The Farmers’ Association for Rural Upliftment is an initiative of the Chananaw indigenous people of Kalinga Province in the Philippines. The initiative aims to protect the environmental integrity of the Chananaw’s ancestral domain through improved land management and more efficient agricultural techniques. Catalysts for the formation of the initiative included large-scale mining and geothermal projects, as well as local slash-and-burn agricultural practices.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Center for Empowerment and Resource Development (CERD)

The Center for Empowerment and Resource Development works in the Caraga region of the Philippines to conserve marine and coastal resources while improving the sustainability of local fisher livelihoods. The Center’s approach has been to put management of natural resources squarely in the hands of fisherfolk associations, working with local governments to develop barangay resolutions, municipal ordinances, and community-based management stewardship contracts that establish zoned fish sanctuaries, marine protected areas, and ‘women-managed areas’ that are governed by local community.

Equator Initiative Case Study - Camalandaan Agroforestry Farmers’ Association (CAFA)

The Camalandaan Agroforestry Farmers’ Association works to conserve fragments of lowland limestone forest on the Philippines island of Negros through on-farm tree conservation in the Southern Cauayan Municipal Forest and Watershed Reserve. The association is made up of local farmers who have been allocated rights to plots of land by the government as part of a community-based forest management agreement.

Environmental Indicators And Sustainable Agriculture

This chapter of Regional Water and Soil Assessment for Managing Sustainable Agriculture in China and Australia looks at how indicators can be used to assess agricultural sustainability. Indicators are biophysical, economic and social attributes that can be measured and used to assess the condition and sustainability of the land from the farm to the regional level. Reliable indicators provide signals about the current status of natural resources and how they are likely to change.

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