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EditPhoto Title:The Soil
EditPhoto Description:“I am alive, full of organisms. I grow your food.”
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EditImage Description:Natural vegetation inside the Namaqualand National Park on November 3, 2015.
EditPhoto Credit:© Charlie Shoemaker
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EditText:Healthy soil is essential to maintaining biodiversity that we rely on: 1 in 4 species live underground.


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EditText:⅓ of the world’s soil is degraded due to overgrazing, deforestation and other threats such as chemical-intensive farming.


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EditText:It takes more than 500 years to replace just 1 inch of topsoil that has been lost to erosion.
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EditHeader:Ecorangers Save Soil and Sustain Livelihoods in the Process
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    As the global population tops nine billion in the coming decades, current food supplies will have to double. On a planet where 30 percent of cultivable land has become unproductive, restoring healthy soils is fundamental to preventing a food security crisis.

    In Africa, where conditions are most dire, how and where people grow food will determine the fate of the continent’s people, biodiversity and unique wildlife.

    Life has always been precarious for farmers in South Africa’s dry regions, with water scarcity, weather extremes, loss of livestock to predators and limited market access. But poor rangeland conditions, aggravated by overgrazing, have caused the area’s biodiversity and water supply to suffer. With less to eat, stressed livestock are more vulnerable to predation: Farmers have suffered livestock losses of up to 50 percent from predators at a cost of US$ 125 million per year.

    Gerbrand Nel, a technical manager with Conservation South Africa (CSA), Conservation International’s affiliate in South Africa, knows the challenge personally. “It was my dream to return home to raise a family on the farm where my parents, brother and sister still live,” he recalls. But he was shocked to find his family’s farmlands depleted and overrun by invasive species.

    In the Eastern Cape, CSA trains ecorangers to use a combination of traditional herding techniques and new technologies to prevent overgrazing — protecting biodiversity and water supplies — and a monitoring program to minimize loss from predation. The program also helps offset the costs of tagging and vaccines, which benefits livestock — and the people who rely on them.

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    EditImage Alt Text:Conservation International Eco Ranger Mose Beukes trains a new dog to move with a herd of sheep from a local farm near Namaqualand National Park on November 4, 2015.
    EditTitle:What’s Next?
    EditText:The ecoranger program is so successful that the Government of South Africa has asked CSA to lead a national rollout of an accredited training curriculum for ecorangers within three years. CI also plans to expand the program to other arid areas in Botswana, Kenya and additional countries.
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      Vital Signs

      Established in Africa with a grant to CI from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vital Signs is creating a “gold standard” environmental monitoring system, which provides near real-time data and diagnostic tools to leaders around the world to help inform agricultural decisions and monitor outcomes. CI is leading the program in partnership with the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa. The system is operating in five African countries — Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — with plans to roll out to more than 10 countries in Africa by 2020.

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      More Stories from the 2015 Annual Report

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      EditCaption Title:The Ocean
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      EditCaption Title:The Rainforest
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      EditCaption Title:Our Partners
      EditCaption Description:By engaging with companies that have the biggest environmental impacts, Conservation International changing the way the world does business, demonstrating that protecting the planet is good for their bottom lines.
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      EditImage Alt Text:2015 Annual Report
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      EditTweet Text:Eco-rangers save soil and sustain livelihoods in the process. Via @ConservationOrg:
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      EditLinkedin Title:The Soil: Conservation International’s 2015 Annual Report
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        Our conservation work around the world is rooted in the generous support of donors. Help us ensure that soil continues to provide food, and so much more, for generations to come.

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