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Commentary/What causes abrupt changes in ecosystems?

Large and abrupt changes in forests, coral reefs, and Arctic sea ice are generally driven by climate change, food production, and urbanisation. Managing their causes can reduce the occurrence of these shifts around the world and ensure the well-being of local communities.

WRITTEN BY Juan Rocha
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Commentary/On the move: migration can contribute to sustainable economic development

Migration is often demonised by the media and politicians but the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks with good governance. Globally, migration is at an all-time high; we discuss how migration can generate surprising gains in support of sustainable development.

WRITTEN BY Lori Hunter, Clara Brandi, John Connell, Kathleen Hermans, Jens Newig & Mark Stafford Smith
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Commentary/Collaboration strengthens Mexican fisheries

Why do some fishing cooperatives co-manage better than others? Small-scale fishers work with researchers in a new initiative that has the potential to transform the entire fishing sector in Mexico.

WRITTEN BY Samantha Huff, Xavier Basurto, Mateja Nenadovic, Amy Hudson Weaver & María José Espinosa Romero
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Commentary/Five ways the finance community engages with natural capital

Over the past decade, green finance has been embraced as a key to the future of sustainable development. Banks, corporations, states, and other financial actors are attracted to this new economic sector, but what are the risks and opportunities? And what’s new?

WRITTEN BY Amar Causevic
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Commentary/Small fry are beautiful: rethinking development in small-scale fisheries

Development investments often deliver “white elephants” – poorly integrated infrastructure that is left unused. Listening to the ideas of the people who fish, process, and trade fish provides a strong foundation for an alternative model of enhancing fish-based livelihoods.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Freezing fish in rural Solomon Islands

Experiments with solar-powered freezers could lead to future gains for fishers and poor communities. Women’s groups lead the way.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/White elephants in small-scale fisheries

An inappropriate blueprint can fail to deliver services, even if a development intervention seems to build on what people are already doing. Fisheries centres in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands have shown how "blueprint" solutions don’t always work in practice.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Preserved sardines in Timor-Leste

Local initiatives need local champions. Supporting Beacou’s women’s group is enhancing their fish-based livelihoods, “sardina azeita botir”.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Jan van der Ploeg & Steven Cole
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Commentary/Salting tilapia in Zambia

Where women and men both process the local fish catch, gender perceptions can skew their success. Communities working with WorldFish found better ways for all, with some added benefits for women.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/The Nairobi Dam: from community resource to open sewer – and back again

Originally built in the early 1950s to create a water supply reservoir, the Nairobi Dam has deteriorated significantly and now poses a threat to human and ecosystem health. Residents of Kibera, the informal settlement that borders the reservoir, have been transforming its tributaries into a lively network of community amenities and programmes since 2006.

WRITTEN BY Joseph Mulligan