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Title Description County Country
Centre for Agroforestry

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, established in 1998, is one the world's leading centers contributing to the science underlying agroforestry, the science and practice of intensive land-use management combining trees and/or shrubs with crops and/or livestock.

Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon, and reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change.

The five integrated practices of agroforestry (forest farming, alley cropping, silvopasture, riparian buffers and windbreaks) enhance land and aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife and improve biodiversity while sustaining land resources for generations to come.

Centre For Alternative Technology (CAT)

What do we do?

CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.

Our facilities

Our site is a unique and valuable practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions.

CAT has the largest range of installed renewable systems anywhere. These include:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal
  • A micro-grid
  • Off-grid and grid-connected systems
  • Biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Hydro
  • Air source heat pumps
  • A community heat main
  • A range of small to medium wind turbines
  • We also have two reed bed systems, our own off-mains water supply, and extensive organic gardens.

In our day-to-day activities we:

  • Run a visitor centre which is open 7 days a week, with 7 acres of interactive displays.
  • Offer a free information service answering enquiries on all aspects of sustainable living.
  • Run a graduate school with a range of postgraduate degrees in environmental architecture and renewable energy.
  • Run residential and one-day courses for the general public, as well as more specialised courses for builders, engineers, electricians and plumbers.
  • Provide curriculum-based education to visiting schools, colleges and universities.
  • Host residential education trips for schools and colleges in our unique eco-cabins.
  • Carry out educational outreach work, including teacher training and school visits.
  • Publish books on key environmental issues – and their solutions.
  • Run a successful volunteer programmes for those that want to gain hands-on experience.
  • Have a growing network of supporter members who receive our quarterly magazine and an invite to our annual conference.
  • Provide an eco-shop and vegetarian restaurant on site. For those further afield, we also have a mail order service.

We also run or are involved with the following projects:

  • ZeroCarbonBritain – a series of research reports addressing scenarios for reducing the UK’s emissions to zero in 20 years.
  • Coed Gwern – 15 acres of sustainably managed woodland, which is home to a range of courses, as well as being monitored and managed for biodiversity.
  • Dyfi Biosphere – the only UNESCO Biosphere in Wales.

To find out more why not visit our centre, or call our information service.

 

Commonland Foundation
Commonland® believes that landscape restoration offers large untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. To demonstrate this potential, the company develops landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases. 

Multidisciplinary teams actively involve investors, companies and entrepreneurs in long-term restoration partnerships with farmers and land-users. Long-term commitment is important as it takes approximately 20 years – or one generation – to restore a landscape. Their holistic restoration approach combines and connects natural and economic landscape zones and delivers 4 returns®

Commonland’s goal is to realize large-scale landscape restoration with local farmers, land-users and experts, based on sustainable business cases. Our mission is to contribute to a large-scale landscape restoration industry, aligned with international policies and guidelines.
Bonn
Commonland contributes to the Bonn Challenge, a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s degraded and deforested lands by 2020.

Commonland consists of a foundation, a fund and development companies.

The foundation develops the restoration approach and works in close cooperation with scientific institutions, business schools and experts from non-governmental organizations. 

The development companies grow the landscape restoration projects and work on sustainable business cases with different stakeholders in the field, taking all interests into account. To build on present strengths, the development companies partner with existing initiatives.

The fund co-invests in landscape restoration projects and businesses.

Read more about our initiatives and our approach.  

Community Land Advisory Service

 

CLAS is an impartial, collaborative service aiming to increase community access to land across the UK.

CLAS helps communities and land managers gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.

CLAS has been developed to help combat the lack of available land for community gardening and associated green space activities.

CLAS offers both hands-on help and online information resources to both landowners and community organisations.

- See more at: http://www.communitylandadvice.org.uk/#sthash.oLPF9g7Q.dpuf

Creating Water Foundation

Creating Water helps communities that lack acces to safe drinking water with a sustainable, low-tech and cheap solution; fog catchers! 

Our work includes:

  • Environmental research

  • Distribution of materials and tools

  • Training on fogfarm technology

  • Education health & agriculture

  • Construction of fogfarm

  • Training on water utilization 

  • Spreading knowledge on fogfarming.

     

For a fogfarming solution to work, the environment and construction materials of the fogfarm are the essential elements.

Netherlands
Demand Energy Equality

 

United Kingdom
Denmark Farm
Desert Research - EU DES!RE project
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

Creeping desertification around the world affects more than 250 million people. A newly launched research project is working to fight the phenomenon with new conservation strategies. 

Funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the DESIRE project is international, bringing together 28 research institutes, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and policy-makers from around the world. 

The aim of the €9 million project is to come up with alternative strategies for the use and protection of these vulnerable areas. 

'Fragile arid and semi-arid ecosystems are in urgent need of integrated conservation approaches that can prevent and reduce widespread degradation,' said the coordinator of the project, Professor Coen Ritsema from the Alterra Wageningen University & Research Centre, the Netherlands. 

The team of researchers has identified 18 hotspots from southern Europe to Australia, Chile and the United States of America, covering a wide range of problems, from soil erosion by wind or water, to salinisation and droughts or flash floods. 

These hotspots will be the 'global laboratory' for researchers to apply both tested conservation techniques and remediation measures, and find new and innovative approaches to combat desertification. 

The project will begin by making an inventory of local knowledge. Working with local residents, the scientists will study the methods and techniques used to prevent land degradation in that region and combine them with new scientific insights. 

The researchers hope that this close collaboration of scientists with local stakeholder groups will lead to acceptable and feasible conservation techniques. Ultimately, the DESIRE project should lead to practical guidelines for responsible land use. 

'We want to test new methods at these hotspots and follow the results long-term,' says Professor Ritsema. 

In addition, a web-based information system of 'best management practices' will be made available to target groups.

Contact person:  Prof. Dr. Coen Ritsema

Disaster Accountability Project (DAP)

Disaster Accountability Project saves lives and reduces suffering after disasters by maximizing the impact of preparedness, response and relief through citizen oversight and engagement, policy research and advocacy, and public education.

DAP is the leading nonprofit organization that provides long-term independent oversight of disaster management systems.

DAP engages a dedicated community to advance policy research and advocacy, promote transparency, and encourage the public to participate in oversight, community-based organizing, and discussions about disaster preparedness and relief.

Dedicated citizen oversight is necessary to ensure resources dedicated to preparedness, relief, and recovery are effectively utilized, communities are sufficiently engaged and more resilient, and best practices and lessons learned are implemented so mistakes are not repeated.

Prior to the creation of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), there was no dedicated, independent oversight of the agencies and organizations responsible for these critical life-saving responsibilities.

Disaster Accountability Project is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Tax ID# 26-1270154

Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) was founded in 1968 in Kirkcudbrightshire, by the late Mrs Murray-Usher and the Stewartry Drystane Dyking Committee.  Since those early days, the Association has continued to expand and currently has over 1000 members in the UK and overseas.