March 2007: Vol.2 No.1
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Dear Ecoagriculture Partners,

Media focus and public discussion on climate change seems to have reached a fever pitch recently, with the release of the latest report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (www.ipcc.ch/) and Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (www.climatecrisis.net/).

But one thing the public has not yet fully grasped is the large role our food systems play in global warming. One striking example of this is a recent report from the Livestock, Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD) which shows that livestock production contributes more to global warming than all of the globe’s planes, trains, and cars combined (www.virtualcentre.org/en/frame)]. If global production of meat and dairy products doubles by 2050, as expected, then the environmental ‘footprint’ of livestock will have to be reduced by 50% to just remain at its current impact level.

Integrated ecoagriculture approaches can mitigate the climate change effects of livestock production, as well as other agricultural activities. Improving cows’ diets can reduce their methane emissions and management of livestock wastes can tap associated methane for local energy. Alternative feed sources from fodder trees and shrubs can reduce dependence on input-intensive grain, while also enhancing wildlife habitat and watershed conservation in production landscapes. Pastoralists have learned to produce from ecologically-sensitive rangelands by managing herds in ways that are compatible with wildlife and native vegetation, while far-sighted ranchers in the tropics have learned to manage their grazing lands productively so that rainforest need not be cleared. Some industries are offsetting their own carbon emissions by paying farmers and ranchers to sequester carbon (remove it from the atmosphere) by restoring degraded grazing lands and establishing fodder trees. For example, the Center for Research on Sustainable Systems of Agricultural Production (CIPAV) is working in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Columbia on a project funded through the World Bank to compensate rural ranchers for their efforts to sequester carbon by replanting native shrubs and trees on degraded land.

There will be many recipes for success for climate change adaptation and mitigation for different regions and landscapes. But the long term sustainability of these integrated solutions will depend on how committed their architects are to thinking broadly and creatively – across sectors, research fields, and political lines. It is a major objective of Ecoagriculture Partners to promote that kind of thinking and planning.

Sara J. Scherr, President
Ecoagriculture Partners

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ECOAGRICULTURE PARTNERS UPDATE:

  1. Community Leadership In Ecoagriculture: DC Working Group Meeting, Thursday, March 15, 3-5 pm
  2. Landscape Measures Field visit, Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda
  3. Ecoagriculture Partners Seeks Summer Interns
  4. Jenny Nelson, Ecoagriculture Partners Communications Manager, Relocated to DC Office
  5. Ecoagriculture Partners Basic Informational Packet Available Online
  6. Ecoagriculture Partners Launches Discussion Paper Series

PARTNERS' NEWS:

  1. TerrAfrica supports Sustainable Land Management Framework in Ethiopia and Sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Presentation on the Community Knowledge Service at the Knowledge Management For Development (KM4D) Forum
  3. 10th Poverty and Environment Partnership Meeting (PEP-10), East Africa
  4. African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity
  5. Ecoagriculture Working Group Seminar at Cornell

ECOAGRICULTURE RESOURCES:

  1. Article in Ecology Letters: Landscape Perspectives on Agricultural Intensification and Biodiversity
  2. Fact Book: “Africa's Ecological Footprint: Human Well-Being and Biological Capital”
  3. Journal of Agriculture and Human Values: Multi-scale Transformations of Agriculture and the Environment
  4. Article in Ecosystem Marketplace: Coffee Certification for Biodiversity
  5. Book: “Where the Land is Greener: Case Studies and Analysis of Soil and Water Conservation Initiatives Worldwide”
  6. Simulation Program: Negotiating the Design of Sustainable Production Systems among Social Agents with Conflicting Interests
  7. Online Research Project: Advancing Conservation in a Social Context
  8. Online Video Gallery: The International Conservation and Education Fund (INCEF)

CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTNERS, AND PROPOSALS:

  1. Nominations Sought: Derek Tribe Award
  2. PhD Studentships at University of Sussex Linked to ESRC STEPS Centre
  3. Research and Training: Conserving Biodiversity in a Changing Climate
  4. Nominations Sought: Trieste Science Prize
  5. Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. Conference on Wildlife Conservation and Management: Research Imperatives for Biodiversity Conservation, Nairobi, Kenya, April 18-20 2007
  2. 10th Annual Agrofestry Conference, Quebec City, Canada, June 10-13 2007
  3. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), Park City, Utah, June 17-21 2007
  4. Ethnoecology & Community-based Conservation Course in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, June 25-30 2007
  5. Course on Landscape Functions and People: Bangkok, Thailand October 29-November 11 2007
  6. Launch of FAO Biotech e-mail conference: Water scarcity and Agricultural Biotechnologies, March 5-April 1 2007

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

Community Leadership In Ecoagriculture: DC Working Group Meeting, Thursday, March 15, 3-5 pm

The DC Ecoagriculture Working Group Meeting, “Community Leadership in Ecoagriculture,” will be held at the Franklin Court conference room in McPhearson Square, 1099 14th Street, NW (on the corner of 14th and L streets) Suite 5500W. Please bring a photo ID, and arrive early.

Invited speakers include Donato Bumacas and Benson Venegas who will share experiences from their community-led ecoagriculture approaches in the Philippines and Costa Rica. Discussion will consider opportunities and challenges to support and strengthen community-leadership in ecoagriculture, including the role of the ‘Community Knowledge Service’ – a collaborative initiative being developed by a number of community-based organizations and partners, including Ecoagriculture Partners and the UNDP Equator Initiative.

Please RSVP to:
asummit@ecoagriculturepartners.org. Refreshments will be served.

Landscape Measures Field visit, Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda

Participants in the Landscape Measures Initiative (LMI) conducted a field visit to the Mt. Elgon area of Uganda in February to collaborate in developing methods for landscape assessment and tracking. Colleagues from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Uganda joined EP staff and fellows Sara Scherr, Louise Buck, Tom Gavin, and Jeff Milder, as well as partners from IUCN (the World Conservation Union) and the Forest Conservation Program, Stewart Maginnis and Jeff Sayer.

Participants discussed ways of anticipating and documenting change in landscapes which are planned to conserve wild biodiversity, improve agricultural production, and support local livelihoods. Following a workshop, small teams of visitors met with groups of villagers and officials to learn about local priorities for landscape management and to apply selected concepts and tools. The visit reiterated the diverse conceptions of landscape held by different stakeholders, and highlighted the need to nest smaller scale landscapes within larger ones to create viable units of analysis and management.

Participants with responsibilities for creating a Landscape Measures Sourcebook agreed to draft Part 1around principles and approaches for engaging stakeholders in negotiating goals for landscape outcomes, based on joint assessments of problems and performance.

For more information on the field visit or the Landscape Measures Initiative, please email Louise Buck at
leb3@cornell.ecu

Ecoagriculture Partners Seeks Summer Interns

Ecoagriculture Partners is looking for interns for the upcoming summer. We have two positions available, 1) for a general intern, who should be at least a rising college senior, and 2) a policy research intern, who should be a master's student. Full terms of reference are available on our website. Interested students should send a cover letter, their resume, two writing samples, and two references to Jenny Nelson at jnelson@ecoagriculture.org by 1 April 2007.

For more information see www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/resources/employment.php.

Jenny Nelson, Ecoagriculture Partners Communications Manager, Relocated to DC Office

Jenny Nelson, EP’s Communications Manager, who has been working remotely from Mexico since January, has moved full time to Washington DC as of February 22. Jenny’s work on the upcoming EP website and logo has already been invaluable, and we are enjoying having her in the office!

Ecoagriculture Partners Basic Informational Packet Available Online

Ecoagriculture Partners is hard at work developing a new organizational logo, but in the meantime, we want to provide updated information to our partners and supporters. A new basic informational packet is now available online for download. The packet contains:

  • A Frequently Asked Questions about ecoagriculture and Ecoagriculture Partners

  • Program Descriptions

  • 4 Case Summaries

  • - Farming for Wildlife: Wetland Rehabilitation in the Skagit River Delta, Washington, USA

    - The COMACO Model for Increasing Smallholder Farm Productivity and Decreasing Wildlife Poaching in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia

    - Agroforestry in the Buffer Zone of Sinharaja Forest, Sri Lanka

    - Enhancing Agricultural Productivity on the Margins of Kakamega Forest, Kenya
View the basic info packet at
www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/resources/briefs.php.
More resources – and our new logo! – will be added to the site over the coming months!

Ecoagriculture Partners Launches Discussion Paper Series

Ecoagriculture Partners is pleased to announce the launch of the Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper Series, as well as the publication of the first two papers of the series. Discussion paper 1 is titled “Ecoagriculture: A Review and Assessment of Its Scientific Foundations by Louise E. Buck, Thomas A. Gavin, David R. Lee, Norman T. Uphoff, Diji Chandrasekharan Behr, Laurie E. Drinkwater, W. Dean Hively, and Fred R. Werner. Discussion paper 2 is titled “Understanding Ecoagriculture: A Framework for Measuring Landscape Performance, by Louise E. Buck, Jeffrey C. Milder, Thomas A. Gavin, and Ishani Mukherjee.

The Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper Series presents results of research and policy analysis on important aspects of ecoagriculture theory and practice. The series seeks to stimulate dialogue among specialists and practitioners in agriculture, conservation, and rural development, and welcomes submissions to the series from our partners and collaborations. EP aims to publish about 4 discussion papers per year.

To see the discussion papers visit
www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/resources/publications.php.
For inquiries about publishing a paper in the Series, or to request hard copies of the discussion papers, please email info@ecoagriculturepartners.org.

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Partners' News

TerrAfrica supports Sustainable Land Management Framework in Ethiopia and Sub-Saharan Africa

TerrAfrica is a partnership that aims to scale up harmonized support for effective and efficient country-driven Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices in sub-Saharan Africa. In the 18 months since its launch at the UNCCD COP-7, TerrAfrica has developed into a broad dynamic partnership encompassing sub-Saharan African countries, donor countries and agencies, civil society, and the research community. Recent activities include the development of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Strategic Investment Program, which will serve as an investment vehicle to support sub-Saharan African countries in their efforts to rapidly scale up SLM on the ground; implementation of an operational framework to support the SLM priorities of NEPAD and the African Regional Economic Communities; preparation of a TerrAfrica Knowledge Base; and, at the country level, support for country programming approaches to SLM in Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Namibia.

For more information, please see
www.TerrAfrica.org.

Presentation on the Community Knowledge Service at the Knowledge Management For Development (KM4D) Forum

On February 8-9, 2007, a high-level Forum on Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) was held in Manila, Philippines. Hosted by the Asia Development Bank, the workshop addressed challenges and opportunities associated with 'Building and Strengthening Knowledge Networks for Development’. Participating on behalf of the Community Knowledge Service collaborators, Donato Bumacas (KAMICYDI, Philippines) led a poster discussion on the role of community-community knowledge sharing in supporting and strengthening community leadership in Rural Development and Biodiversity Conservation.

For more information see:
www.adb.org/Documents/Events/2007/Knowledge-Management/default.asp.

10th Poverty and Environment Partnership Meeting (PEP-10), East Africa

The 10th annual Poverty and Environmental Partnership Meeting (PEP-10) was held from January 30th to February 1st, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. The overall theme of the meeting was “Country experiences in mainstreaming environment into national development processes.” The proceedings included presentations from the governments of Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda who described their experiences in environmental mainstreaming. Seth Shames of Ecoagriculture Partners attended this meeting, which was particularly relevant for Ecoagriculture Partner’s work with IIED and the Packard Foundation on scoping points of policy intervention to promote sustainable development in Africa.

A full report of the proceedings can be found at
www.iisd.ca/africa/aupep/.

African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held the African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity from December 12-15, 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting focused primarily on the sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, and was attended by representatives of African countries, community-based organizations, NGOs, and other experts. David Kuria of KENVO, member of the Community Knowledge Service, and Seth Shames of Ecoagriculture Partners presented to the group on the relevance of an ecoagriculture approach within the context of sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity and shared the KENVO experience as an example of a working ecoagriculture process. Ecoagriculture Partners, along with its collaborators including IFAP, IUCN and others, will continue its participation in the CBD process through the summer of 2008 when the program of work on agricultural biodiversity will be reviewed at COP-9.

A full report of the proceedings can be found at
www.iisd.ca/africa/biodiv/arwsu.

Ecoagriculture Working Group Seminar at Cornell

The Ecoagriculture Working Group (EWG) at Cornell University is hosting a for-credit seminar this spring in Ecoagriculture. EWG is a forum where the Cornell community can interact to develop their knowledge and understanding about this integrated land use paradigm for managing multifuncionality in rural landscapes. The EWG has roots in the Department of Natural Resources and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD), and collaborates closely with Ecoagriculture Partners.

For more information, check out the EWG website under “seminars and events” at
ciifad.cornell.edu/activities/topicgroups/ecoag2/index.html.

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Resource Materials

Article in Ecology Letters: Landscape Perspectives on Agricultural Intensification and Biodiversity

This article by Teja Tscharntke, Alexandra M. Klein, Andreas Kruess, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter and Carsten Theis titled "Landscape Perspectives on Agricultural Intensification and Biodiversity - Ecosystem Service Management," reveals the conflicts and ambiguities involved in documenting and managing the links between natural areas, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services supporting agriculture. Through a landscape perspective, it examines the positive and negative effects of agricultural land use of the conservation of biodiversity, taking into account interacting species, organisms with high dispersal rates, and agri-environmental schemes. As it provides a good synthesis for researchers, this article is particularly relevant to Ecoagriculture Partners' work with the Landscape Measures program.

Available from Ecology Letters (2005) 8: 857-874.

Fact Book: “Africa's Ecological Footprint: Human Well-Being and Biological Capital”

The Global Footprint Network and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation recently published their fact book: "Africa's Ecological Footprint: Human Well-Being and Biological Capital.” The book contrasts human development achievements with countries’ ecological performance. The workbook was originally produced as background to workshops with African development experts to explore whether Ecological Footprint is relevant for the African development context and how the tool can engender more successful human development strategies. It was then was updated through workshops in Pretoria, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Dakar, Senegal; and Algiers, Algeria in late 2006 and early 2007.

The latest version of the book and a project description is available at
www.footprintnetwork.org/africa.

Journal of Agriculture and Human Values: Multi-scale Transformations of Agriculture and the Environment

This issue of Agriculture and Human Values, published in March of 2007 and guest edited by Valerie Imbruce, explores the practices, visions, and goals of individuals managing agricultural and forest resources within areas under the direct influence of global change. The issue highlights the contradictory, place-based manifestations of global processes by analyzing resource management in relation to history, politics, culture, and market networks at multiple scales. Seven case studies from Latin America, the United States, and Italy provide rich narratives, ethnographic detail, history, and agro-ecological data to show that people create new opportunities for themselves, whether reacting to or against the global political economy. The issue concludes that places and people’s lives are not only shaped by global processes, but are also shaping globalization.

View the issue online at
springerlink.metapress.com/content/1572-8366/.

Article in Ecosystem Marketplace: Coffee Certification for Biodiversity

In this article, Erik Ness examines the proliferation of coffee certification programs which promise to protect biodiversity, fairly compensate local farmers for their labor, and deliver a quality product to consumers. As Ness points out, coffee is a promising test case for the challenge of pricing ecosystem services, as it is gown in nearly 50 nations with tropical biodiversity, and generates a much higher demand than other potentially certifiable products such as soy, sugar, and cotton. Ness looks at the Rainforest Alliance certification program, as well as Fair Trade, Just Coffee, and Starbucks CAFÉ standards.

The article is available online at
CoffeeCertificationArticle.

Book: “Where the Land is Greener: Case Studies and Analysis of Soil and Water Conservation Initiatives Worldwide”

“Where the Land is Greener” looks at soil and water conservation from a global perspective. In total, 42 soil and water conservation technologies and 28 approaches are described with photographs, graphs, and line drawings, from more than 20 countries around the world. Various land use categories and technologies are covered here, with case studies drawn from the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) database. WOCAT’s mission is to provide the tools that allow soil and water conservation specialists to share knowledge and to assist them in their search for appropriate technologies and approaches.

The book is available at
http://www.earthprint.com.

Simulation Program: Negotiating the Design of Sustainable Production Systems among Social Agents with Conflicting Interests

Dr. Luis García Barrios, a senior researcher in Agroecology based at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico, has developed an "interactive agroecological story" which is available online at 'http://www.alwayssunny.com/lab/lindissima. The simulation is based on the scenario of slash and burn maize farmers who are compelled by the government to leave a biodiversity reserve zone and intensify maize production in a smaller area using urea. Confronted with a variety of livelihood decisions, the user, who plays the role of the farmer, must negotiate the implications of nitrogen runoff, which damages local ecotourism. Dr. Barrios welcomes critical comment and suggestions on the software, which is designed to be used as a teaching tool, and is also willing to host workshops based on it.

Users who do not have internet access can receive a free CD copy by emailing Dr. Barrios at lgarcia@sclc.ecosur.mx.

Online Research Project: Advancing Conservation in a Social Context

This research project, supported by the McArthur Foundation, was created to investigate the trade-offs that exist between human well-being and biodiversity conservation goals in specific places, and between conservation and other economic, political, and social agendas at local, national, and international scales. During the first three-year phase of this planned five-year effort, research will focus on three case study countries - Peru, Tanzania, and Vietnam - and will be coordinated by national institutions in those countries. The research will be complemented by a wide ranging survey of academics and practitioners, and the two-year second phase will seek to encourage key actors in this arena to implement and refine new ways of balancing the conservation of biological diversity and other social objectives.

Once registered, you will be able to access the fully searchable, downloadable Reference Library for ACSC and network with others working in conservation trade-offs around the globe by searching the Member Directory. You will also have access to the growing thematic and geographic resources related to conservation.

For more information, visit
www.tradeoffs.org.

Online Video Gallery: The International Conservation and Education Fund (INCEF)

INCEF has launched an online video gallery, featuring short clips of films produced for their Great Apes Public Awareness Project (GAPAP) and Forest Elephants Public Awareness Project (FEPAP). The films are produced in Republic of Congo, by Congolese filmmakers for public outreach to rural communities. Recorded in French and Lingala, these video clips are subtitled in English for Anglophone colleagues and partners. The gallery will be periodically updated with videos from other countries in other languages.

View the gallery online at:
www.incef.org/videos.

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Call for Papers, Partners, and Proposals

Nominations Sought: Derek Tribe Award

The Derek Tribe Award is made biennially to a citizen of a developing country in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the application of research in agriculture or natural resource management in a developing country or countries. The recipient will attend a seminar and deliver an address at a media event associated with receiving the award. In addition, they will travel to Australia for two weeks to foster linkages between their home institution and country and agricultural centers in Australia. Nominations close on 2 April.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from
www.crawfordfund.org/events/index.htm.

PhD Studentships at University of Sussex Linked to ESRC STEPS Centre

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is a new interdisciplinary, global initiative aimed to link environmental sustainability with better livelihoods and health, and to make science and technology work to reduce poverty and increase social justice. Three PhD studentships linked to the Centre are available to start in October 2007. Applicants should be EU citizens, resident in the UK for at least three years, with a Masters Degree or equivalent. Applicants will develop their own research topic, preferably addressing one of more of the Centre's themes (dynamics, governance, designs) or domains (food and agriculture, health and disease, water and sanitation). The three-year studentship includes payment of fees, a living allowance and fieldwork expenses. Closing date: 31 May 2007.

For more information see
www.steps-centre.org.

Research and Training: Conserving Biodiversity in a Changing Climate

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) and the Institute for Resource Assessment of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will develop and implement postgraduate courses and externships to conservation specialists, researchers, professionals, and graduate students. The courses will focus on the risks to biodiversity resulting from climate change and strategies to manage the risks. Successful participants will receive credits toward a Master of Science degree. Closing date: 31 March 2007.

For more information see
scidev.net.

Nominations Sought: Trieste Science Prize

The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) is seeking nominations for the Trieste Science Prize. The Trieste Science Prize, sponsored by Trieste-based Illycaffè, was established to give international recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements of scientists from the developing countries. For 2007, the themes for the Trieste Prize are Chemical and Agricultural Sciences. The winners will share the US$100,000 cash award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 31 March 2007.

For more information, see
www.twas.org/.

Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007

The Alcan Prize for Sustainability, a US $1 million prize, is awarded to a not-for-profit, civil society or non-governmental organization, based anywhere in the world, for contributions to economic, environmental, and/or social sustainability. In addition, the remaining nine short listed organizations are awarded a US$15,000 Alcan Grant to invest in training and capacity building. The closing date for applications is the 31st March 2007 (Midnight GMT).

For more information, the opportunity to nominate others, and an application visit
www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com.

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Upcoming Events

Conference on Wildlife Conservation and Management: Research Imperatives for Biodiversity Conservation, Nairobi, Kenya, April 18-20 2007

The purpose of this conference is to enhance the capacity of Kenya in wildlife conservation and management by exploring possible solutions to biodiversity challenges based on experiences elsewhere. The main theme of the conference is large-scale conservation area approaches. Sub themes that will be addressed are: national status of biodiversity and mapping, landscape and seascape approaches, fenced protected areas (Parks & Reserves), endangered species management, communities' involvement, and cross-cutting issues, such as conventions and information and knowledge management. The conference will provide an opportunity for wildlife managers, scholars and researchers, policy makers, donors, local communities, ranchers, and other stakeholders to share experiences and network. The registration deadline is the 10th of March.

For more information, see
www.kws.org/wildlife-conference-2007-concept-paper.html.

10th Annual Agrofestry Conference, Quebec City, Canada, June 10-13 2007

The Université Laval in Quebec City will host the 10th North American Agroforestry Conference from the 10th to the 13th of June 2007. Titled “When Trees and Crops Get Together: Economic Opportunities and Environmental Benefits from Agroforestry,” the conference aims to stimulate the development of more sustainable rural land management practices based on the integration of trees into the landscape. It welcomes researchers from the entire continent, but gives special attention to advisors working with producers, development officers, teachers, and students of agroforestry in North America.

To register and for more information, visit
www.agrofor2007.ca.

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), Park City, Utah, June 17-21 2007

ISSRM will sponsor a symposium on “Landscape Continuity and Change - Social Science Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Conversations” in Park City, Utah, from the 17 to the 21st of June, 2007. There will also be a special pre-symposium Graduate Student Forum held on the Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah, the weekend before the main conference. This event will provide graduate students with a chance to network with peers, discuss strategies for successful graduate research and training, and get advice on professional and career opportunities. Themes for the main symposium include: the contributions of social science to environmental and natural resource management; planning from community to regional scales; landscape implications of social and economic change; and social and economic implications of landscape change. The early registration deadline is March 15th.

For more information see,
www.issrm2007.org.

Ethnoecology & Community-based Conservation Course in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, June 25-30 2007

In the week leading up to annual meeting for the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the SCB's Social Science Working Group (SSWG) will co-sponsor a course on 'Ethnoecology and Community-based Conservation' from 25-30 June 2007 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They will be offering limited financial aid to cover course fees, software, accommodation, and meals during the course. Applicants must have a university degree in social or natural sciences and be fluent in English. Preference will be given to candidates who are engaged in teaching and research on biocultural diversity. Members of indigenous groups are especially encouraged to apply, and candidates from focal regions will be given priority. The deadline for application is 15 March 2007.

For more information and online application, see
www.civico.huizache.org/gdf-ecbccoa.

Course on Landscape Functions and People: Bangkok, Thailand October 29-November 11 2007

This course, sponsored by Wageningen International and Recoft, familiarizes participants with the current practices for landscape-level planning approaches and provides opportunities to develop practical skills and experiences in the use of tools applicable for landscape level planning, monitoring, and implementation. The course will equip participants to:
• Understand the context, principles and relevance of landscape-level approaches for natural resources governance in today’s world
• Understand how landscape-level planning processes can be developed and how they can be facilitated
• Become familiar with a variety of “tools” for landscape-level approaches and gain experience in applying and adapting these in real-life situations
• Understand how landscape-level approaches can contribute to improved decision-making, sustainable management, and monitoring of natural resources

The course costs US $ 280, and the application deadline is September 15, 2007. Applicants for the NFP fellowships must have their material in by the 1st of June.

For more information, see
course www.wi.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/
Landscape_functions_and_people_applying_strategic_planning_approaches_
for_good_natural_resource_gove.htm'
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Launch of FAO Biotech e-mail conference: Water scarcity and Agricultural Biotechnologies, March 5-April 1 2007

The FAO Biotechnology Forum is hosting an email conference which runs for four weeks from the 5th of March to the 1st of April. The conference, which is free and open to all, is titled "Coping with water scarcity in developing countries: What role for agricultural biotechnologies?" A primary focus will be on the use of biotechnologies to increase the efficiency of water use in agriculture. A secondary focus will be on two specific applications of micro-organisms relevant to water use in agriculture: inoculating crops and forest trees with mycorrhizal
fungi and improving the treatment of wastewater.

Conference participants must be members of the forum. Register at
'http://www.fao.org/biotech/forum.asp'
Members wishing to participate in the conference should review the background documents available at 'http://www.fao.org/biotech/C14doc.htm.

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