November 2006: Vol.1 No.4
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Dear Ecoagriculture Partners,

One of the remarkable things about ecoagriculture is that so much innovation is going on around the world—by farmers, conservationists, entrepreneurs, public agencies, as well as researchers—that so few people know about. Participants at the 2004 International Ecoagriculture Conference in Nairobi identified knowledge-sharing among innovators as one of the top priorities for action. Field practitioners noted that standard methods for sharing agricultural and ecological information are not enough, because so often the challenge is about how to combine them for integrated production and conservation benefits and fit them into a particular landscape. The best way to learn, say the innovators, is by exchanging experience with their peers, from their own local trials, and from professional research that specifically addresses conflicts and potential synergies identified by stakeholders in their landscapes. With public extension programs shrinking in many countries, local farming and conservation organizations are taking matters into their own hands, to play a more active role in knowledge-sharing.
During September, an important step was taken to promote such knowledge-sharing. In Berlin, 23 community-based leaders, farmer federations and conservation networks came together to establish a new community-led platform for knowledge-sharing on how to conserve biodiversity in ways that also improve rural livelihoods. The UNDP’s Equator Initiative and Ecoagriculture Partners have agreed to jointly serve as the Secretariat for this new initiative. Over the next few months, this initiative will take shape. Ecoagriculture Partners will shortly begin working with community partners in selected landscapes of East Africa and Mesoamerica as they develop knowledge-sharing activities, and with the knowledge networks of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers and Landcare International. We will keep you all posted about its activities and hope that you will generously share your own knowledge and experience.
Sara J. Scherr, President
Ecoagriculture Partners

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ECOAGRICULTURE PARTNERS UPDATE:

  1. EP Welcomes New Staff
  2. Ecoagriculture Partners Selected for Important Gifts Initiative
  3. New Look for Ecoagriculture Partners Website
  4. Landscape Measures Partnership Meeting in Lally, Switzerland
  5. Community Knowledge-Sharing Workshop, Berlin Germany by Claire Rhodes, EP Program Manager
  6. New Report on Payments for Ecosystem Services in China
  7. Katoomba Group meeting in Capetown, South Africa

PARTNERS' NEWS:

  1. Living with Nature Conferance
  2. North American Pollinator’s Conference
  3. Northeast Organic Farming Summer Conference
  4. International Landcare Conference, 8-11 October 2006, Melbourne-Australia by Claire Rhodes, EP Program Manager
  5. Forest Landscape Restoration Partnership Meeting
  6. The African Highlands Initiative Launches a New Website
  7. Sasakawa Prize Winners Announced: Community Ecoagriculture Initiatives
  8. 'From Desert to Oasis:' Oasis initiative Symposium/Workshop Outcomes

ECOAGRICULTURE RESOURCES:

  1. Field Guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead (book)
  2. Ecoagriculture Partners Article in UNEP magazine
  3. Ecoagriculture Partners Article in Arborvitae
  4. Fishery Co-management: a Practical Handbook
  5. Mangrove Restoration Publication
  6. Our Earth's Changing Land: An Encyclopedia of Land-Use and Land-Cover
  7. The International Forum on Assessing Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Report
  8. Report on the Salween Dam, Thailand.
  9. “Trade and Consequences” and “From Negotiations to Adjustment”
  10. CGV LIBRARY: Gateway to Global Agricultural Knowledge

CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTNERS, AND PROPOSALS:

  1. Call for Proposals: 2007 Development Marketplace
  2. Call for Ecoagriculture Field Cases

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program 2007: Summer Fellowship in Austria for Graduate Students in Natural and Social Sciences, Math, Policy, and Engineering.
  2. 10th North American Agroforestry Conference, June 10-13, 2007
  3. Alive/LEAD e-conference: “Maintaining Mobility and Managing Drought - Policy Options for Pastoral Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa” October 18 to December 13th 2006
  4. Webcast: 2006 Science for Nature Symposium: Ecosystem services, October 31 - November 1 2006
  5. International Training Workshop on Protected Agriculture Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, 2006, China
  6. Africa’s Ecological Footprint: Human Well-Being and Biological Capital” two-day workshops; Dakar and Algiers November 22-23

Events announced in previous newsletters can be found on our website at http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/events/other.htm

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Ecoagriculture Partners' Updates

EP Welcomes New Staff

Ecoagriculture Partners has welcomed four new staff members over the past few months. Lara Sonti is our new Administrative manager, bringing over 10 years of experience in administration, finance and operations, primarily in the non-profit and small business sectors. Most recently, Lara was Director of Operations at the Center for National Policy, a non-partisan public policy non-profit working on America's national security issues. She holds a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.A in English from the University of South Florida.

Seth Shames began working for EP in April as a Research Associate, and now acts as the Project Manager for Policy and Research Mobilization. Seth has studied agroforestry systems in Peru and conservation tillage in Ethiopia, and holds a M.E.Sc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on the policy issues at the intersection of environment and agriculture. Prior to his work at Yale, Seth organized Community Supported Agriculture groups in New York City. He graduated with a B.A in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Columbia University.

Jenny Nelson will be joining EP as our communications manager starting at the end of November, and will be present at our Staff/Board meeting in December. Jenny is currently based in Mexico, and will complete her move to Washington, D.C. on March 1st. She is transitioning out of her role as the communications manager of the Generation Challenge Program (GCP) through CGIAR which focuses on plant genetic diversity and genomics. Prior to her work at CGIAR, Jenny worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico in 2003, and graduated with a degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University.

Ariela Summit joined EP in September as the Communications Intern, and now is working as a Program Associate. She spent last year in Gujarat, India working with rural women to establish seed, fuel, and fodder banks through savings and micro-credit groups. Ariela graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and History from Tufts University, where she wrote her thesis on development policy and resource based conflict in Sri Lanka. At Tufts, she was also involved with the Institute of Global Leadership, which hosted a week-long symposium on ‘Resource Wars: Oil and Water.’

Ecoagriculture Partners Selected for Important Gifts Initiative

Ecoagriculture Partners has been invited by a new initiative, ImportantGifts, to be one of about 300 organizations (only 10 of whom are in the field of agriculture and sustainable development) to include on their website. ImportantGifts is a website soliciting private donations, in the form of tangible gifts. In addition to promoting donation opportunities, ImportantGifts seeks to raise awareness about and increase understanding of important causes, thereby enabling donors to make more effective and strategic charitable giving decisions.

For more information visit
http://www.importantgifts.org

New Look for Ecoagriculture Partners Website

The new EP site, which represents the first major re-inventing of the Ecoagriculture Partners public face, is due to come out this week. In addition to providing a variety of new resources, the new site will provide much more regular updates than has been the case in the past. New resources include a new Case-Study submission system, and announcement page, the ability for visitors to add events and announcements (subject to approval), and visitor-posted employment listings.

It is our pleasure to be able to provide you with these improved services, and we hope that you find them useful. Please send suggestions to Ben Dappen at
bdappen@ecoagriculture.org.

to visit the website see www.ecoagriculture.org

Landscape Measures Partnership Meeting in Lally, Switzerland

The leader of EP’s Landscape Measures initiative, Louise Buck, and EP’s President, Sara Scherr met for two day in Lally, Switzerland with leadership for livelihood and landscape programs lead by Stewart Maginnis of IUCN and Jeffrey Sayer of WWF to operationalize their partnership in developing a Landscape Measures Sourcebook. Stewart and Jeff were accompanied by colleagues from their organizations’ headquarters in Gland, and from the University of Zurich, the University of Utrecht and the University of Paris. The group of 10 considered how to integrate conceptual and operational frameworks that the three organizations had developed for evaluating the performance of agriculture and forest landscape mosaics in delivering production, conservation and livelihood benefits. The group’s deliberations lead to a draft of the Lally Principles, a set of 13 propositions for guiding the negotiation and measurement of landscape-level outcomes. The principles reflect existing best practice in participatory rural development negotiations, and in many initiatives aimed at achieving sustainable development. Presently the draft principles are being circulated to collaborators in the Sourcebook initiative, for reflection and comment.

Participants at the meeting in Lally also initiated a plan for EP, IUCN and WWF to conduct a field-based workshop in a landscape of the Mount Elgon region in Uganda and/or Kenya, to deepen the partners’ understanding of how the Sourcebook should be constructed to meet the needs of different stakeholders. Feasibility planning for a workshop in February 2007 is in process with various organizations who would participate.

Community Knowledge-Sharing Workshop, Berlin Germany by Claire Rhodes, EP Program Manager

To support and strengthen community-led ecoagriculture approaches, there is a need for stronger ‘bottom-up’ processes that enable local community representatives to share their knowledge and expertise with one another and with national, regional, and international decision-makers. Recommendations from a series of international community dialogue spaces, including the 2004 Community Shamba, highlight the need for: investment in processes that support community-led knowledge exchange and capacity development; access to more appropriate, timely information to support community practitioners; strengthened connections between networks of local communities worldwide experiencing similar challenges and opportunities; strengthened representation of community expertise in policy decision making processes locally, nationally and internationally.

On September 7th and 8th 2006, 23 international community leaders and partners convened at GTZ’s Berlin Haus for a strategic planning workshop to design a ‘Community Knowledge’ initiative. This workshop represented the most recent step in an emerging process, supported by UNDP Equator Initiative, Ecoagriculture Partners (EP), GROOTS International and partners to help move recommendations to action. The goal of the initiative is to develop a community-led and governed process that strengthens opportunities for local community representatives to share their expertise with other local communities and with the broader range of stakeholders who have much to learn from community expertise in natural resources management.

The workshop aimed to enable participants to collectively reach a shared vision on how to design, implement and finance the initial phase of the Community Knowledge initiative. It also sought to establish governance of the process by a core group of community-based collaborators and partners. Participants reflected on what they would like to see from the CKS; how it might best meet local community needs; what opportunities and challenges might be faced during its development, implementation and governance. A number of fundamental operational principles were highlighted: Communities should be process leaders, not just beneficiaries. The initiative should be community-driven, highly dynamic and rapidly responsive to community needs - flexible mechanisms are required to enable individuals to share their knowledge, and facilitate the application of knowledge learnt to strengthen their development processes. The initiative should also recognize, empower and build upon the collective knowledge and wisdom that exists within community word-wide. It should not start from scratch, but take the time to learn from experiences on what has and what has not worked, build opportunities for collaboration with the many ongoing initiatives seeking to support community-led action, and focus on where it can add value. Participants also highlighted a number of key challenges. In particular, how should the process be designed to ensure meaningful impacts on local livelihoods? How can it build long-term processes where knowledge is enabled to transform people’s realities on the ground?

For more information please contact Claire Rhodes,
crhodes@ecoagriculturepartners.org

New Report on Payments for Ecosystem Services in China

Ecoagriculture Partners is collaborating with Forest Trends in an initiative on payments for ecosystem services (PES) in China, with a focus on agri-environmental payments. International experience suggests that by bringing in local communities and governments more closely into all aspects and stages of PES design and implementation, China will be able to significantly improve equity and efficiency issues in current and future PES schemes. The process of building and revising PES instruments will stimulate the ongoing dialogue, capacity-building and the institutional and legal reforms needed to better identify and align the social costs and benefits of environmental protection and ecosystem service provision. Sara J. Scherr, Michael T. Bennet, Molly Louney, and Kerstin Canbey of Ecoagriculture and Forest trends recently prepared a report on PES for the China Council for International Cooperation of Environment and Development (CCICED) Taskforce on Ecocompensation.

To view the report visit
CCICED Taskforce Report

Katoomba Group meeting in Capetown, South Africa

Ecoagriculture Partners was one of the co-sponsors for a set of meetings held by the Katoomba group for Eastern and Southern Africa in Capetown, South Africa November 8-10. The 2006 meeting was second gathering of the Katoomba Group in the region. The event brought together representatives from African and international NGOs, private business and industry associations, the rural development community, as well as political leaders interested in spurring the growth of environmental markets.

Major objectives of the meeting included sharing international learnings on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) that can be applied with East and Southern African nations, identifing and bringing together buyers and sellers throughout South Africa as well as throughout the region, discussing the legislative and regulatory barriers in South Africa that are obstacles to PES and brainstorming how to address these barriers. While the focus on the meeting was on East and Southern Africa, examples and speakers were drawn from international and national initiatives.

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Partners' News

Living with Nature Conferance

On Friday, October 20, 2006, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History and the New York City Soil & Water Conservation District jointly sponsored “Living With Nature”, a conference on Sustaining the New York Metropolitan Region’s Biodiversity Through Local Action. The conference brought together stakeholders from many sectors: business, academia, government and non-profit, as well as the general public, to examine some of the following questions: How do actions that are good for the environment protect or enhance regional biodiversity? How can we apply the sustainability concept to habitat protection, water quality improvement and ultimately biodiversity conservation? What is the role of grassroots organizations in connecting sustainability to biodiversity conservation at all levels – personal, industrial, societal, and global – and in fostering this connection?

Major issues addressed included the relationship between urban dwellers and rural food production systems, with an emphasis on channeling urban wealth back to the countryside to support environmental stewardship. Afternoon discussion panels included sessions on architecture and green cityscape, consumer choice, education, food systems, natural systems, and transportation. A discussion in the food panel on ecoagriculture approaches in the region highlighted the work of the Glynwood center on wildlife friendly farming, as well as the Hawthorne Valley Biodynamic Farm. Panelists concluded that by preserving a mix of farmland and open space, we can not only ensure sustainable food systems, but also reap some of the intrinsic benefits of such landscapes to human health and spiritual well-being.

For more information on the conferance visit
sustainnyc.amnh.org/index

To view on article on biodiversity friendly practices at the Glynwood center and Hawthorne family farm visit www.glynwood.org/resource/2004springpdf

North American Pollinator’s Conference

The North American Pollinators Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Conference was held at the US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC from October 18th to 20th. Highlights from Wednesday’s session, attended by Seth Shames of EP, included the unveiling of a pollinator postage stamp, the announcement of national pollinator’s week in June of 2007, and discussion of a 15 month, three nation National Academy of Science study on the Status of Pollinators: Monitoring and Prevention of their Decline in North America.

Of particular relevance to ecoagriculture, Ariela Summit of EP attended the “Working Lands, Wild Lands” committee meeting, and later participated in the task force on agricultural programs which discussed getting more involved with local area planning, providing resources on pollinator friendly practices to farmers and encouraging pollinator friendly vegetation as part of the BLM seed buy, among other topics. Deliverables of the conference include a report which will summarize action plans for each task force and committee, along with an agenda for national pollinator week.

For more information visit
www.nappc.org

Northeast Organic Farming Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association Conference was held in Amherst, MA from August 10-13. Seth Shames of EP attended to learn about ecoagriculture projects in the Northeast US. The conference consisted of a series of workshops on local food issues, animal husbandry, and community based initiatives, and provided an opportunity for participants to network and share learnings.

Of particular relevance to ecoagriculture were:

• A presentation on the Mount Grace Land Trust in Western Massachusetts that uses a conservation easement on agricultural land to create a biodiversity habitat corridor as part of a landscape biodiversity protection program

• A discussion with ‘Edible Forest Gardens’ author David Jacke on ecosystem mimicry practices in temperate agroforestry systems. Jacke’s co-author, Eric Toensmeier will soon be completing a book on perennial vegetable production;

For more information on NOFA, visit
www.nofa.org

International Landcare Conference, 8-11 October 2006, Melbourne-Australia by Claire Rhodes, EP Program Manager

From 8-11 October, over 1000 delegates convened in Melbourne for the 2006 International Landcare Conference. Representatives from Australia’s diverse community Landcare groups were joined by international participants supporting the emergence of Landcare movements within their respective countries.

Since the late 1980s, the growth of Australia’s Landcare movement has been explosive. The approach centers upon collective action by community-based Landcare groups who together work on identifying and addressing landscape-scale management challenges. Activities include total farm care, vegetation management, coastal management and property planning. Landcare approaches thus aim to build the necessary partnerships between farmer, catchment, regional approaches, and government policy to deliver broader landscape change, employing facilitators and coordinators to provide an interface between government agencies and Landcare groups. There are currently over 4,000 Landcare groups in Australia, with approximately 40% of Australian farming families engaged. Landcare is also now well established in New Zealand and the Philippines, with growing movements in many countries worldwide, especially within South Africa, East Africa, the South Pacific and USA.

The 2006 International Landcare conference provided an invaluable opportunity to strengthen understanding and share lessons learnt on the challenges and opportunities experienced by Landcare groups throughout Australia and internationally. Key issues included the complexities associated with creating an enabling and mutually-supportive institutional environment at the local, regional and national level; the need for long-term investment in facilitators to support collaborative landscape management processes and liaise with policy-makers at regional and national levels; the challenge of enabling priorities and action to be driven from the bottom-up while ensuring regional and national bodies are receptive and responsive to articulated priorities.

Conference presentations and workshops were complimented by pre-Conference Study Tours and an International Crawford Master Class, organised and supported by the Secretariat for International Landcare (SILC), the Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research and the Australian Government Foreign Aid Agency (AusAid) and the Australian Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry. Both provided opportunity for a group of international delegates to learn more deeply about Landcare experience within a number of local contexts, and consider how these lessons could be adapted and applied to strengthening Landcare within their own local circumstances.

For more information on Conference proceedings and Landcare activities worldwide visit

International Landcare Conference:
www.internationallandcareconference2006.com.au

Landcare Australia: www.landcareonline.com

Landcare International: www.landcareinternational.net

Secretariat for International Landcare (SILC): www.silc.com.au

Or contact Landcare International Facilitation Unit: Dr. Delia Catacutan: delia_icraf@yahoo.com or Mr. Joesph Tanui: j.tanui@cgiar.org

Australian National Landcare Facilitator Project: Coral Love: nlfp@rrg.com.au

Ecoagriculture Partners: Claire Rhodes crhodes@ecoagricutlurepartners.org

Forest Landscape Restoration Partnership Meeting

Louise Buck, the coordinator of EP’s Landscape Measures Initiative and a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell University attended the biennial meeting of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration that was held in Colorado Springs, May 25-27, 2006. The meeting was hosted by the US Forest Service-International Programs, and co-sponsored by ITTO, WWF, IUCN, Global Mechanism, Ecoagriculture Partners, FAO and the Forestry Commission of Great Britain. Existing and potential partners met to further operationalize phase two of the partnership’s work. The specific objective of the meeting was to arrive at a clear agenda of key actions to be taken by the partners on building the partnership and initiating the learning network.

Priority actions identified include the following:

Building the Partnership: Continue branding and marketing the partnership through a new package of materials, continue specific efforts to engage the private sector, reorganize the Petropolis steering committee into a Coordination Support Group, Operational Group and full meetings of partners

Learning Network: Finalize learning network concept by circulating notes of meeting for comment, produce learning network portfolio, identify and plan events, further improve the functioning of the list serve and web site, compile and make available information on decision-support, capacity-building and monitoring tools and make available and contribute to planning the IUFRO Korea conference on FLR

Partners produced an updated action plan and fundraising proposal for the activities mentioned above as well as their ongoing work, and are in the process of drafting a budget.

The African Highlands Initiative Launches a New Website

The African Highlands Initiative (AHI) has launched new website. AHI's core role as an innovator is to develop innovative methods and approaches for participatory "integrated natural resource management" (INRM) through their development and testing in pilot sites, cross-site synthesis and regional dissemination and institutionalization. AHI's targeted beneficiaries and partners in this work include national and international research organizations and networks, development organizations, local government, civil society organizations, service providers, policy makers, community-based organizations, and male and female farmers.

To view the website, visit
http://www.africanhighlands.org

Sasakawa Prize Winners Announced: Community Ecoagriculture Initiatives

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Rodrigo Vivas Rosas of Colombia and the Tenadi Cooperative Group of Mauritania will be the recipients of the 2006 UNEP Sasakawa Prize. The co-winners, who will receive their awards next month, are being honored for their achievements in combating desertification and land degradation—a major local and global problem that threatens the lives and livelihoods of two billion people inhabiting the planet’s dry and arid areas. The award highlights the efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples, including women and small-scale farmers, to overcome the global threat of desertification.

For more information see
sasakawaprize

'From Desert to Oasis:' Oasis initiative Symposium/Workshop Outcomes

ICRISAT and sister CG Centers have created a new Systemwide Program, 'Oasis,' which unites the eleven CGIAR Centers and their partners who work on drylands in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Under the Oasis banner, ICRISAT and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertfication (UNCCD) hosted the 'From Desert to Oasis' Symposium/Workshop at the end of September in Niamey, Niger. The event was conceptualized as a forum to share views on the positive aspects of the drylands such as such as their favorable climate, reduced levels of pests and diseases, ample land well suited for trees, crops and livestock, and other strengths. Participants encapsulated their views in the Niamey Declaration.

This declaration, along with other event details, is available at
http://www.oasisglobal.net

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Resource Materials

Field Guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead (book)

Field Guide to the Future: Four Ways for Communities to Think Ahead by Kristen Evans, Sandra J. Velarde, Rocio P. Prieto, Sheila N. Rao, Sandra Sertzen, Karina Davila and Wil de Jong and edited by
by Elena Bennett and Monika Zurek was published in September of 2006. The manual describes methods that can help communities prepare for changes in their environment. The authors have collaborated with communities in the management of forests, land, and water throughout the world, particularly in tropical forest margins.

To request your copy, please email Sandra Velarde at:
s.velarde@cgiar.org. Spanish and French translations will be available later this year.

Ecoagriculture Partners Article in UNEP magazine

Sara J. Scherr, the Executive Director and CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners and Claire Rhodes, the Program Manager of Ecoagriculture Partners, published an article titled “Only Connect” in the “Deserts and Drylands” issue of the United Nations Environment Programme magazine, Our Planet. The article aurgues that the Millennium Development Goals can only be achieved in the drylands by approaches that simultaneously deliver food security, support rural livelihoods and promote biodiversity.

An electronic version of the magazine is available at
http://www.ourplanet.com

Ecoagriculture Partners Article in Arborvitae

Sara J. Scherr and Seth Shames of Ecoagriculture Partners have published an article titled “Agriculture: A Threat or Promise for Biodiversity Conservation?” in the June issue of the Arborvitae newsletter, a joint publication published by WWF and IUCN. The article argues that ecoagriculture management has demonstrated considerable potencial for biodiversity conservation in areas where forests and agriculture must coexist in a single landscape. The authors highlight three successful Ecoagriculture strategies: Creating wildlife corridors, mimicking natural ecosystems, and targeted agricultural intensification.

To link to the newsletter visit
http://ArborvitaeNewsletter

Fishery Co-management: a Practical Handbook

This handbook, written by R.S. Pomeroy and R. Rivera-Guieb and produced by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)in 2006 focuses on small-scale fisheries (freshwater, floodplain, estuarine or marine) in developing countries. The community-based co-management process described may also be relevant to small-scale fisheries in developed countries, as well as to other coastal resource management (i.e. coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass, wetlands). This handbook aims to provide a practical reference on a process for community-based co-management for use by the various co-management partners.

To view the handbook visit
http://fisherycomanagment

Mangrove Restoration Publication

Ravishanar Thupalli of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has published a book on Mangrove restration. Main topics include: Manual on Mangrove Nursery Raising Techniques, Mangrove Forest Restoration in Andhra Pradesh, India and Mangroves of Godavari: Analysis through Remote Sensing Approach

For a copy of this publication please contact Ravishankar Thupalli directly for a copy at
ravishankar.thupalli@fao.org or phone + 9603340790

Our Earth's Changing Land: An Encyclopedia of Land-Use and Land-Cover

This encyclopedia, edited by Helmut J. Geist, addresses all aspects of the science of land-use change. Written by leading scientists who have spent years studying the phenomena, the encyclopedia aims to provide a strong foundation for understanding current controversies, and is written on a level that is understandable to scientists and other interested readers.

To order the encyclopedia visit
www.greenwood.com

The International Forum on Assessing Sustainable Agriculture Symposium Report

The International Forum on Assessing Sustainable Agriculture (INFASA) held it’s first symposium in Bern, Switzerland, March 16th and 17th, 2006. Actual and potential users of indicators and assessment systems, and evaluation system specialists from 45 organizations and institutions spanning 15 countries from northern and southern regions convened and initiated a dialogue on advancing the widespread use of indicator and assessment systems in everyday agriculture. The proceedings of the conferance were compiled in a report.

To view the report, visit
http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2006

Report on the Salween Dam, Thailand.

Earthrights and the Karenni Development Research Group have released a report on the environmental and social effects of the Salween Dam. provided this information regarding the Salween Dam: The Thai government has been pushing for the Salween dam because it would produce hydroelectricity for Thailand, while all or most of the environmental costs would be shouldered by people in Burma. The Salween river dams (4 slated), if they went forward, would displace 30,000 people directly, and devastate the livelihoods of many more. The dams would seriously alter the flow of the river, disrupt fish migration, affect spawning areas, and consequently impact the livelihoods of the many river-dependent people in the area, who have not been allowed to participate in the decision making processes that threatens their livelihoods.

See the following report by the Karenni Developement Research Group:
www.irn.org/programs/seasia/pdf/BurmaGenerals.pdf

“Trade and Consequences” and “From Negotiations to Adjustment”

The Trade Program of WWF’s Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office (MPO) has announced two publications. “Trade and Consequences,” emerged from MPO’s work in ten countries on three continents and addresses the complex relationships between trade, rural poverty and environmental change while “From Negotiations to Adjustment” describes a programmatic approach to shift the trade and environment debate toward local and national levels, generating contextually specific interventions that better link trade, human development, and environmental protection. MPO welcomes publications from colleagues dealing with similar issues.

Download the reports at:
Trade and Consequences and
From Negotiations to Adjustment

CGV LIBRARY: Gateway to Global Agricultural Knowledge

The Consultative group on International Agricultural research (CGIAR) Information Managers and the Information and communications technology (ICT) and knowledge management (KM)Program invite you to visit the new
new CGIAR Virtual Library. The library provides instant access to research on agriculture, hunger, poverty, and the environment,including the online libraries of all the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers and full text links.

vist the CGIAR Virtual Library at
vlibrary.cgiar.org

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Call for Papers, Partners, and Proposals

Call for Proposals: 2007 Development Marketplace

The Development Marketplace (DM) team in collaboration with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population unit, announces the Call for Proposals for the 2007 Global Development Marketplace (DM2007). This year, the World Bank seeks to recognize and support initiatives that improve health, nutrition and population outcomes for poor people in developing countries. Proposals are welcome from a range of development innovators: civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia, the private sector, as well as staff from the World Bank Group and other donor organizations. A total of US$4 million in awards is available, with a maximum award size of US$200,000. All proposals should be submitted by November 17, 2006.

Proposals will only be accepted in English and through the Development Marketplace website:
http://www.developmentmarketplace.org

Call for Ecoagriculture Field Cases

see Ben for details of paramiters, submission, site address

For more information, click on this link

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Upcoming Events

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program 2007: Summer Fellowship in Austria for Graduate Students in Natural and Social Sciences, Math, Policy, and Engineering.

Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). These students work closely with IIASA's senior scientists on projects within the Institute's 3 theme areas of Natural Resources & Environment, Population & Society, and Energy & Technology. The U.S. Committee for IIASA provides airfare and a modest living allowance for the applicants from American institutions who are selected to participate.
Application Deadline: 15 Jan 2007
Program Dates: 4 June- 31 August 2007

For more information visit
http://www.iiasa.ac.at/

On-line application form http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Admin/YSP/register/index.html?sb=10

Contact Margaret Goud Collins, Program Director, with further inquiries.
Phone: (508)548-2502
Email: mcollins@nas.edu

10th North American Agroforestry Conference, June 10-13, 2007

Université Laval in Quebec City will host the 10th North American Agroforestry Conference: “When Trees and Crops Get Together: Economic Opportunities and Environmental Benefits from Agroforestry.”
The objective of the conference is to stimulate the development and the adoption of more sustainable rural land management practices based on the integration of trees into the landscape. The conference will welcome researchers from the entire continent while giving special attention to advisors working with producers, development officers, teachers and students interested in the development of agroforestry in North America.

For more information, click on this link

Alive/LEAD e-conference: “Maintaining Mobility and Managing Drought - Policy Options for Pastoral Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa” October 18 to December 13th 2006

The goal of this e-conference is to discuss and review two policy option papers "Community-Based Drought Management for the Pastoral Livestock Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa" and "Investing in Maintaining Mobility in Pastoral Systems of the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa" that have been written for the ALIVE multi-actor Partnership. These policy option papers are meant to inform African policy-makers and decision makers in international and financial institutions on the latest developments in key areas important for sustainable livestock development, and provide them with a range of policy options to address the potentials and constraints of the different segments of the livestock sector. This conference will take the form of a moderated e-mail debate in English language. However, contributions in French language are welcome and summaries of the discussions will be circulated in both languages.

Papers can be accessed at the following addresses:
http://www.virtualcentre.org/en/ele/econf_03_alive/policy.htm and

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Webcast: 2006 Science for Nature Symposium: Ecosystem services, October 31 - November 1 2006

Although the registration for this years' WWF 2006 Science for Nature Symposium on Ecosystem Services is full, you can watch a webcast on the 31st of October 2006. This year's symposium will focus on ecosystem services and how to harness their value to conserve biodiversity and enhance human well-being. There is an exciting lineup of speakers, including Jeffery Sachs, Gretchen Daily, Walt Reid, Steve Polasky, and Tom Lovejoy.

For more information, click on this link

International Training Workshop on Protected Agriculture Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, 2006, China

Under the auspices of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China,International Training Workshop on Protected Agriculture will be held from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, 2006 in Yangling, China, as part of International Training Program of MOST. Participants of the training workshop will learn about the recent research and practical technologies of protected agriculture in China via lectures and field visits, where they can exchange views and share experience with each other.

For more details contact
iec@yangling.gov.cn

Africa’s Ecological Footprint: Human Well-Being and Biological Capital” two-day workshops; Dakar and Algiers November 22-23

The Global Footprint Network and Swiss Office of Development and Cooperation (SDC) are announcing new workshops in Dakar and Algiers in November and December. Visit the webpage www.footprintnetwork.org/Africa for workshop updates and to download a copy of the Ecological Footprint factbook and questionnaire.

To reserve a space for you or a colleague, please contact Martin Kärcher
martin@footprintnetwork.org

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