Monica Evans


Monica Evans is a writer and community development practitioner based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Since completing her Masters in Development Studies in 2010, she has worked on environmental and community development projects in New Zealand, the Pacific and Latin America. She's particularly passionate about participation, creativity and wellbeing, and has a keen interest in ecology and sustainability. She lives on New Zealand's West Coast, where she teaches dance, grows vegetables and tends to her pet alpacas.

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Shoring up tenure security to tackle land degradation
13 May 2022

At UNCCD COP15, scientists and community members came together to help improve land tenure

Degradation of 40 percent of Earth’s lands puts half of global economic output at risk, report finds
4 May 2022

Most comprehensive publication of its kind tells stark truths on the state of landscapes

Why stopping land degradation is “the only right path”
4 May 2022

Q&A with UNCCD’s Louise Baker on major new report on land

New ocean protection commitments value USD 16.35 billion, but it’s not enough
25 Apr 2022

Q&A with WWF’s Mark Drew on Our Ocean conference outcomes

How acoustic ecology offers insight into forest health
30 Mar 2022

To glean knowledge on biodiversity, experts are increasingly listening to landscapes

Me, you, and the metaverse 
23 Mar 2022

Will virtual-reality ‘worlds’ prove distraction or driver for climate action?

Prepare for takeoff with plant-powered planes
15 Feb 2022

What’s possible for sustainable aviation fuels?

The (semi)frozen frontier: keeping non-native species out of Antarctica
25 Jan 2022

As the Antarctic warms and receives more humans, can its virgin ecosystems be preserved?

In Indonesia, oil-rich pongamia tree gains attention growing where other species can’t
20 Dec 2021

Scientists wake up to pongamia’s potentials, from fueling jets to improving coffee quality

Food systems change: a low-hanging fruit for climate change mitigation?
7 Nov 2021

Experts at GLF Climate put forth best routes for reducing food’s contributions to climate change

When home is stolen: stories from the frontlines of climate migration
1 Nov 2021

Increasing numbers of people are forced into migration from climate change – but lack legal protection as refugees

Organic certification: what’s worthwhile, when, for producers in the Global South?
13 Jul 2021

New certification mechanisms are needed to make their costs worth the benefits

What role should organics play in sustainable food systems?
30 Jun 2021

It’s not all-or-nothing for organics, but rather a nuanced approach

6 guiding principles for successful restoration of tropical forest landscapes
27 Apr 2021

Top forestry organizations issue guidelines for scaled-up restoration with multiple benefits

5 ways to incorporate biophilic design into your living spaces
16 Apr 2021

Hone your habitat by optimizing your biological connection with nature