Social Darwinism - 'survival of the fittest' - has been used to justify racism, imperialism and more. In a new study, Connor Cavanagh examines the concept's effect on forest conservation in East Africa, arguing for the need for 'truth & reconciliation' in relation to these issues.
The food systems on which humanity depends face multiple threats in the 21st Century, yet the governance of these systems is under-researched. Siri Eriksen collaborates with the World Bank, CGIAR and several other institutions to propose a comprehensive research agenda for the coming years.
Harvesting water via the ancient tula wells in Ethiopia has relied on indigenous knowledge and technology. This is all changing in recent years, so what is the future for the Borana water management system? Waktole Tiki and Gufu Oba in 'Nomadic Peoples'.
Delta flood plains provide critically important benefits to humans including food and recreation. New study assesses changes in the Danube Delta and the impacts of these on humans. Erik Gómez-Baggethun & colleagues in 'Ecosystem Services'.
Climate change is already negatively affecting agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. One counter-measure is to switch to better-adapted crop varieties, requiring access to suitable seeds - but how effective is the governance of seed systems to allow for this? New study by Ola Westengen, Ruth Haug and colleagues.
Hans Adam and colleagues examine the intersections between local understandings of climate change and politics, history, culture, livelihoods and policy across a range of scales, from local to national and regional. Special issue of 'Regional Environmental Change'.