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  • Leveraging the power of place in citizen science for effective conservation decision making
    Many citizen science projects are place-based - built on in-person participation and motivated by local conservation. When done thoughtfully, this approach to citizen science can transform humans and their environment. Despite such possibilities, many projects struggle to meet decision-maker needs, generate useful data to inform decisions, and improve social-ecological resilience. Here, we define leveraging the ‘power of place’ in citizen science ...
  • "Shifting agriculture": the changing dynamics of Adivasi farming in the forest-fringes of a tiger reserve in south India
    This article examines trends in farming and livelihood activities among forest-dwelling Adivasi farmers (Soligas) in a tiger reserve from 2008 to 2015. In-depth semistructured interviews were conducted in two contrasting, but representative, villages, where traditional mixed-crop farming was being replaced by cash crops such as coffee, maize, and cotton. Access to state-subsidized food supply and increase in cash income through ...
  • A platform-independent fuzzy logic modeling framework for environmental decision support
    Fuzzy logic modeling is a useful method for evaluating landscapes for conservation and resource planning and hasbeen successfully used in different types of ecological and environmental studies. A variety of software packageshave been produced to facilitate fuzzy logic modeling, but each is either associated with a specific computer programor does not comprise a complete modeling system. The ...
  • Climate change effects on southern California deserts
    Climate change has already affected southern California where regional increases in temperature and vegetation shifts have been observed. While all the CMIP5 temperature projections agree on a substantial level of warming throughout the year, there is fair bit of divergence in the magnitude and seasonality of projected changes in rainfall. While desert plants and animals are generally adapted to extreme ...
  • Rewilding
    This book chapter was written by CBI's Board Chairman, David Johns. Rewilding is a type of large-scale biological and ecological restoration that emphasizes recovery of wide-ranging native species, top carnivores, and other keystone animals in their natural patterns of abundance to regain functional and resilient ecosystems (Noss,1992;Noss and Cooperrider, 1994). The term was coined by Dave Foreman ...
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