May 2007: Vol.1 No.1
  EP Update   |   In the Scene   |    Resources   |   Call for Papers, Partners & Proposals   |   Upcoming Events


Dear Ecoagriculture Partners,

I'm pleased to announce that, in an effort to bring you ecoagriculture-related news and events in a more timely fashion, the Ecoagriculture Partners Newsletter will be distributed every two months from now on. The next newsletter will be released on July 1, 2007.

We are also working on a new website for our organization which will be unveiled during the summer of 2007, and instead of including a president's editorial in each newsletter, we're going to have a space on our website for guest editorials and commentary by our partners. We've got lots of other exciting developments in the pipeline as well!

As always, we welcome your feedback on the newsletter format and content. We look forward to publicizing even more news, resources, opportunities, and events in the newsletter every two months.

Sincerely,
Sara

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ECOAGRICULTURE PARTNERS UPDATE:

  1. Ecoagriculture Leadership Course in Central America
  2. Community Knowledge Service Facilitates Learning Exchange
  3. News from the Uganda Ecoagriculture Working Group
  4. News from the Ecoagriculture-Kenya Forum
  5. Small Grants Program to Support Ecoagriculture Projects in Kenya and Uganda Approved
  6. UN Radio News Service: Ecoagriculture Partners’ Seth Shames Comments on the Effect of Biofuels Production on the Food Supply
  7. Ecoagriculture Partners Carries Out ‘Sustainable Development in Africa' Scoping Exercise
  8. Sustainable Harvests for Conservation in Ecoagriculture Landscapes: Strategic Planning Workshop, May 15-17 2007

IN THE SCENE:

  1. Iberoamerican Model Forest Network Board Meeting
  2. Workshop on Water Issues Held in East Africa, Organized by the Nile Basin Initiative/Global Water Programme
  3. Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management (PELUM) Promotes Traditional Foods at the World Social Forum (WSF) 2007
  4. Rainforest Alliance Forms New Partnerships with Mars, Inc. and Whole Foods
  5. Progress in the FAO Program on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

RESOURCES:

  1. Urban Gardening Featured in a BBC Photo Essay, Caracas, Venezuela
  2. Paper in Ecological Research: Biodiversity Loss and the Taxonomic Bottleneck - Emerging Biodiversity Science
  3. Report from BIOM: To What Extent Are Local People Involved In and Benefit from Community-Based Forestry in Kyrgyzstan?
  4. Case Study: Monitoring Wetland Dynamics by Combining Spatial, Ecological and Socio-economic Parameters
  5. Paper Published on the Potential of Microbial Diversity to Enhance Agricultural Productivity
  6. New Website: Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disasters
  7. Multi-Level Land Mapping Resource Available Online
  8. Wilderness Collaborative Portal
  9. Website Launch: Best Development Techniques and Approaches for Agricultural Improvement in the Sahel
  10. Global Environmental Outlook Year Book 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS, PARTNERS, AND PROPOSALS:

  1. Invitation to Participate in Packard Foundation Wiki Site on Nitrogen Pollution and Agriculture
  2. Call for Nominations: Leadership in Conservation Awards, Southern and Eastern Africa
  3. Call for Proposals: Conservation Grants from the National Geographic Society
  4. Call for Papers: Frameworks for Entrepreneurship Research in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
  5. Call for Grant Proposals: Research and Exploration Grants from the National Geographic Society
  6. Call for Proposals: Alcoa Practitioner Fellowship for Conservation and Sustainability Research Projects

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. USAID/DC Ecoagriculture Working Group Meeting: Moving Conservation and Development AHEAD - Progress at the Intersection of Program and Policy, May 17 2007, 3-5 pm
  2. CATIE and Iowa State University Organize Symposium on “Embracing Complexity in Agricultural Landscapes,” at the Beijing EcoSummit, May 23 2007
  3. Web for Development Networking Conference, Rome, Italy, September 25-27 2007
  4. East Africa Organics Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 28-June 1 2007
  5. The World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain, October 5-14 2008
  6. Training Course: Using the Principles of the Ecosystem Approach for Protected Area Management, Costa Rica and Bolivia, 2007
  7. Training Course: Strategic Conservation Planning Using the Green Infrastructure Approach, Shepherdstown, WV, USA, October 15-19 2007
  8. Symposium: Methodologies for Integrated Analysis of Farm Production Systems, Sicily, Italy, September 10-12 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
  1. Ecoagriculture Leadership Course in Central America

    A short course for Central American ecoagriculture leaders will be offered in November 2007 in Costa Rica, co-organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Ecoagriculture Partners, and the Center for Sustainable Resource Development (CSRD) at the University of California-Berkeley.

    Contact Robin Marsh at CSRD (rmarsh@nature.berkeley.edu), Claire Rhodes(crhodes@nature.berkeley.edu) or Byron Miranda(byron.miranda@iica.ac.cr) for more information.

    Curso: Liderazgo para el Desarrollo de la Ecoagricultura: Gestión Integrada de Territorios Rurales en Centroamérica
    Ubicación: Arenal, Costa Rica
    Fecha y duración: Noviembre 2007, diez dias
    Objectivos:
    Desarrollo de capacidades en: 1) liderazgo para la acción collectiva territorial, 2) promoción de innovaciones integradas (multi-sectoriales), 3) identificación y analysis de los retos de paisajes y de territorios, y 4) diseño de estrategias de manejo integradas de agricultura y conservación.


  2. Community Knowledge Service Facilitates Learning Exchange

    From March 18-23 2007, the Community Knowledge Service sponsored by Ecoagriculture Partners and the Equator Initiative facilitated a learning exchange between Donato Bumacas, a community leader of the Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Communities and Youth Development, Inc. (KAMICYDI), Philippines, and representatives of the Talamanca Initiative, Costa Rica. Donato spent six days in Costa Rica, visiting members of the Association ANAI, APPTA, and the Yorkin Indigenous community, located in the Talamanca highlands on the Costa Rica-Panama border.

    Experiences and processes of particular relevance to the Kalinga context included: the community-led rural tourism initiative developed by the Yorkin Women's Group as a means of strengthening the livelihoods of Yorkin community members and diversifying income generation opportunities; the organic and Fairtrade management and marketing practices employed by Talamanca's smallholders to sustain diverse agro-forestry production systems and conserve their rich biodiversity; and the community-led biomonitoring process being facilitated by the Talamanca Initiative to demonstrate the collective impacts of community-management practices on biodiversity and ecosystem health within Talamanca's watersheds.

    Participants in the exchange took the opportunity to assess the value of video to facilitate knowledge sharing. Key challenges included determining what information can usefully be captured and shared; the variety of potential target audiences for the video, and the need to work with each of these target audiences to ensure edited videos are tailored to meet their interests. The support of Association ANAI, APPTA, Yorkin Women's Group, UNDP Equator Initiative, and Ecogriculture Partners in facilitating this exchange together was much appreciated.

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


  3. News from the Uganda Ecoagriculture Working Group

    After attending the Leadership for Ecoagriculture course held in Naivasha, Kenya, in November 2006, a team of 14 course participants from Uganda resolved to form the Uganda Ecoagriculture Working Group. The group is hosted by the African Highland Initiative based in Kampala, Uganda. The group noted that government initiatives in Uganda, such as the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Advisory, have tended to ignore biodiversity and ecosystems services which are critical for the sustainability of agricultural production. They resolved to work towards mainstreaming ecoagriculture principles into development processes in the country.

    The group is gathering information about eco-friendly initiatives in the country with the objective of scaling them up. In its efforts to achieve this, the group has held three meetings facilitated by the Global Water Partnership, African Highlands Initiative, and the Uganda National Farmers’ Federation. Three projects developed by the group have so far attracted support, and these include: (1) State of ecoagriculture in Uganda; (2) Assessing the potential for ecoagriculture in the River Mobuku Watershade, Mt. Rwenzori; and (3) Increasing small-scale farmers’ ecoagriculture knowledge and identification of linkages with markets in Uganda. These projects are expected to kick-start the promotion of ecoagriculture in Uganda and bring on board many other partners. Besides the implementation of these projects, the group has developed a one-year work plan. Some of the activities include;

    • Mainstreaming ecoagriculture in the activities of partner organisations.
    • Training in negotiation skills and conflict prevention in natural resource management
    • Experience sharing events with EP from of Kenya, Tanzania, and elsewhere
    • Community knowledge sharing for innovators in ecoagriculture
    • Launching Uganda Ecoagriculture Working Group
    • Organising the 2nd Ecoagriculture Leadership Training Course

    For more information, please contact:
    Clement A. Okia; Focal Person, Uganda Ecoagriculture Working Group at okia@forest.mak.ac.ug.


  4. News from the Ecoagriculture-Kenya Forum

    An Ecoagriculture Facilitation Committee was formed in Kenya in 2004 and in December 2006, Kenyan participants in the Leadership for Ecoagriculture in East Africa course conducted in Naivasha, Kenya formed an Ecoagriculture Working Group. In March, the two teams met and decided to merge their efforts to form the Ecoagriculture-Kenya Forum.

    Ecoagriculture-Kenya will coordinate ecoagriculture activities in Kenya and in particular oversee the promotion of ecoagriculture principles in Kenya; assist in building the capacity of grass-root communities to appreciate the linkage between biodiversity conservation and agricultural production; document, evaluate and share knowledge about existing community-based ecoagriculture initiatives and innovations in diverse ecosystems of Kenya; develop strategies for cross country knowledge sharing and strategic planning that provide ongoing support in ecoagriculture landscapes; and establish a platform for community organizations to articulate their needs with respect to ecoagriculture capacity development and policy formulation.

    Ongoing activities run under the Forum include the scoping study that seeks to undertake an inventory of ecoagriculture innovations in Kenya and a synthesis of policies and legislation related to agriculture, biodiversity and natural resources with a view to identifying opportunities, which can act as an entry point for mainstreaming ecoagriculture practices in Kenya.

    For more information contact Dr. Joseph Mutua at mmutua@wananchi.com.


  5. Small Grants Program to Support Ecoagriculture Projects in Kenya and Uganda Approved

    The World Agroforestry Centre and Ecoagriculture Partners recently finalized plans to support five small ecoagriculture planning projects in Kenya and Uganda during 2007. The project proposals were developed by participants in the November 2006 Leadership Course for Ecoagriculture in East Africa. The Center for Sustainable Resource Development of the University of California-Berkeley will also partner in these projects.

    In Kenya, the Kenya Network for the Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies (KENDAT) will lead a multi-institutional team in two projects. The first is to scope ecoagriculture initiatives in the Aberdares region of Kenya, and the second to evaluate the policy context for ecoagriculture. Other partners in Kenya include African Wildlife Foundation, The East African Partnership for Taxonomy (EAFRINET), Greenbelt Movement, Kenya Forest Department, Kijabe Environmental Volunteers (KENVO), and the Kenya Nut Company.

    In Uganda, the Uganda National Farmers Federation, Nature Harvest and Ecotrust will each lead a team to initiate ecoagriculture planning in selected districts of Uganda. Their partners include: CARE-Uganda, Environmental Alert, Landcare, ITFC, Uganda Agroforestry Development Network (UGADEN), WWF, and the District Governments of Kabale, Kayungu, Kisoro, and Kasese. Funding for these grants is provided by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its SII program (for World Agroforestry Centre) and TerrAfrica (for Ecoagriculture Partners).


  6. UN Radio News Service: Ecoagriculture Partners’ Seth Shames Comments on the Effect of Biofuels Production on the Food Supply

    Seth Shames, Ecoagriculture Partners policy project manager, participated in the First FAO Technical Consultation on Bioenergy and Food Security, held in Rome during April 16-18 2007. An interview with Seth is featured in the United Nations Radio News Service broadcast about the conference and the potential for biofuels production to bring benefits to smallholder farmers. The full story and interview can be accessed at: http://www.ecoagriculturepartners.org/other/announcement.php?id=21.


  7. Ecoagriculture Partners Carries Out ‘Sustainable Development in Africa' Scoping Exercise

    Ecoagriculture Partners has been working since January with the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation to scope out strategic opportunities to support environmental policy and programs for sustainable development in East Africa. In March and April Ecoagriculture Partners and IIED carried out preliminary broad-ranging consultations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia as part of this study. A report on this process which will be available by the end of the summer.

    For more information, contact Seth Shames at sshames@ecoagriculturepartners.org.


  8. Sustainable Harvests for Conservation in Ecoagriculture Landscapes: Strategic Planning Workshop, May 15-17 2007

    The extent of agriculture and its disproportionately high impact on biodiversity conservation strategies demand urgent attention. Recognizing and responding to this need, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has identified ‘Sustainable Harvests’ as a priority strategy to achieve its 2015 goal - working with others to save 10% of each of the world's major habitats.
    A key component of this organization-wide strategy is the collaborative ecoagriculture initiative being developed by TNC in Mesoamerica, in partnership with Ecoagriculture Partners and locally based collaborators. Throughout Mesoamerica, TNC’s activities are situated within landscapes where strategies to deliver conservation and agricultural production objectives are intimately linked, particularly in and around Protected Areas where agricultural activity impacts ecosystem quality. As a first step, a strategic planning workshop on Sustainable Harvests for Conservation in Working Ecoagriculture Landscapes will be held with TNC staff from May 15-17 2007 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    For more information, contact Maarten Kapelle at mkapelle@tnc.org

    or Claire Rhodes at crhodes@ecoagriculturepartners.org.


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In the Scene
  1. Iberoamerican Model Forest Network Board Meeting

    The Iberoamerica Model Forest Network held their board meeting at the end of April at the Chiquitano Model Forest, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. During this meeting, participants approved three landscapes as part of the network. The first landscape was from from Castilla y León, in Spain, the second from Chile, and the third from the Argentinan Patagonia. Additionally, Casa Pueblo from Puerto Rico shared its experiences in community based landscape management, after which it was also unanimously accepted as part of the Network.

    Ecoagriculture partners and CATIE are partnering to test a set of principles, criteria and indicators in landscapes that are members of the Iberoamerican Model Forest Network. Two CATIE masters students are carrying out their research in Guatemala, Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica, working with partners and stakeholders at the landscape scale. The objective of these studies is to provide input to the global dialogue on landscape sustainability; and to offer useful tools for decision-making in landscapes.

    For more information contact Marie-Eve Landry at landry@catie.ac.cr.


  2. Workshop on Water Issues Held in East Africa, Organized by the Nile Basin Initiative/Global Water Programme

    On April 16-17 2007, senior water managers from government, donors, NGOs and UN agencies met in a workshop held in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss key issues, opportunities and what steps should be taken to improve water's contribution to livelihoods and the regional economy. The workshop and conference, organized by GWP Eastern Africa, was financed by the Dutch-funded Program for African Water Development and the EU Water Initiative's Finance Working Group. The complete report will be available by the beginning of May.

    For more information contact Simon Thuo at thuo@nilebasin.org, or at tel. +256 (41) 321 424; 321 329.


  3. Participatory Ecological Land-Use Management (PELUM) Promotes Traditional Foods at the World Social Forum (WSF) 2007

    PELUM Association brought a special focus to the 2007 world Social forum: the importance of indigenous foods. PELUM has over the years realized that a key reason for the frequent food shortages in the region, particularly in Zambia, is the over reliance on maize at the expense of numerous traditional/indigenous fruits, grasses, vegetables, nuts, roots, mushrooms, etc. Most of these foods are already ecologically suited for the region, requiring minimal inputs of time and investment to generate a reasonable return.

    For more information, please contact Marjorie Chola Chonya at inforunit@pelum.org.zm.


  4. Rainforest Alliance Forms New Partnerships with Mars, Inc. and Whole Foods

    The Rainforest Alliance made an agreement with Mars, Incorporated and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in April 2007 to focus on improving sustainability on cocoa farms in West Africa. The Rainforest Alliance will help provide guidance and technical assistance to farmers on meeting the organization's environmental and social standards, which include biodiversity conservation, worker protection and the use of more efficient management practices. The Rainforest Alliance also recently announced a partnership with Whole Foods Market on a new program called the Whole Trade Guarantee to ensure that agricultural products from developing countries are produced using socially and environmentally responsible farming practices and meet quality and labor standards.

    For more information, see www.rainforest-alliance.org.


  5. Progress in the FAO Program on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

    In 2002 FAO initiated a program on conservation and adaptive management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) aiming to establish the basis for the global recognition, conservation and sustainable management of such systems and their associated landscapes, biodiversity, knowledge systems and cultures. During the preparatory phase (2002-2006), the GIAHS initiative has identified pilot sites in Peru, Chile, China, the Philippines, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. For the next seven years (2007-2014), the pilot systems will implement dynamic conservation management approaches aimed at helping the national and local stakeholders to protect and sustainably conserve the systems and their components.

    For more information see the GIAHS website at www.fao.org/sd/giahs/.

    Or contact Jose R. Furtado at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, jose.furtado@imerial.ac.uk.


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Resources

  1. Urban Gardening Featured in a BBC Photo Essay, Caracas, Venezuela

    This photo essay from the BBC features the Bolivar Garden in the heart of Caracas, Venezuela. The garden is run by 6 farmers who live nearby, and serves many new urban food-scarce residents who have come from primarily agricultural contexts. It's a year-round operation, the yield from which can be purchased from a stall on the edge of the farm at below-market prices. The goal of the Bolivar farm is not only to provide fresh, nutritious food at low prices but also to serve as a model for local people.

    To see the essay, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/07/americas_harvest_in_caracas/html/7.stm.


  2. Paper in Ecological Research: Biodiversity Loss and the Taxonomic Bottleneck - Emerging Biodiversity Science

    Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, Ke Chung Kim, focuses on the need to expand the knowledge base of global biodiversity science to ensure sustainable development this 17-page paper published in "Ecological Research" (Springer Verlag).

    For the full paper see: http://www.ento.psu.edu/Personnel/Faculty/pdfs/kck/BiodiversityKimByrneEcolRes.pdf.


  3. Report from BIOM: To What Extent Are Local People Involved In and Benefit from Community-Based Forestry in Kyrgyzstan?

    Experts from the ecological movement BIOM, the youth component of the Aleyne Ecological Movement of Kyrgyzstan, [font?]conducted a survey to assess the involvement of local people in community-based forestry management (CBFM) in Kyrgyzstan. Over one million people of the Kyrgyz Republic depend directly on the forest for their livelihoods. The survey found that certain challenges, such as short leasing periods, unequal land distribution, lack of marketing opportunities and infrastructure, lack of community benefits vs. individual benefits, lack of awareness of local people about the purpose and benefits of CBFM, etc., hindered a more successful implementation. The authors of the survey compiled several recommendations on how to improve CBFM in order to benefit the different stakeholders.

    For more information see the full report in English: http://www.iucn.org/themes/cem/news/newsletter/2007/docs/biom_cbfm_kyrgyzstan_feb.2007.pdf.
    In Russian: http://www.iucn.org/themes/cem/news/newsletter/2007/docs/biom_cbfm_kyrgyzstan_feb.2007_ru.pdf.

    Or contact Ilia Domashov, Deputy Chairman of Ecological Movement “BIOM” at idomashov@gmail.com.


  4. Case Study: Monitoring Wetland Dynamics by Combining Spatial, Ecological and Socio-economic Parameters

    A recent case study by the International Institute of Water Management (IWMI) of the Muthurajawela-Negombo coastal wetland complex in Sri Lanka looks at geospatial and social parameters to assess changes in the wetland. The findings show that significant changes in land cover/use patterns have taken place between 1992 and 2002. A capacity building module for local institutions and stakeholders is planned in the second phase of the project. In addition, a detailed livelihoods case study that is underway will provide further insights into how local communities can contribute to this process and play a role in the long-term management of the wetland.

    For the full paper see Wetland dynamics – links with spatial, ecological and socio-economic related issues in the western coastal belt of Sri Lanka at http://www.iucn.org/themes/cem/news/newsletter/2007/docs/wetlanddynamics_srilanka_n.nagabhatla_dec2006.pdf

    Or contact Nidhi Nagabhatla, Scientist at IWMI, .nagabhatla@cgiar.org.

    Source: IUCN newsletter


  5. Paper Published on the Potential of Microbial Diversity to Enhance Agricultural Productivity

    Maintaining and enhancing agricultural productivity to ensure long-term food security is of global concern for policy makers, planners and scientists. At the same time, modern agriculture practices are facing numerous challenges, among them the loss of soil fertility, enhanced nutrient leaching, accumulation of toxic elements and the spread of weeds. Wild grasses together with their rhizosphere microbial communities have the potential to rapidly build up organic matter, enriching the nutrient pool and maintaining the water balance. The Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems of the University of Delhi is currently conducting research to better understand the potential of the microbial communities to enhance agro-ecosystem productivity and restore the ecology of stressed habitats.

    For the complete paper see, Rhizosphere Microbial Diversity of Wild Grasses and their Potential in Enhancement of Productivity of Agro-ecosystems and Ecological Restoration of Stressed Habitats of Aravali Range and North-Western Ghats Regions of India at 'http://www.iucn.org/themes/cem/news/newsletter/2007/docs/microbialdiv_agroproductivity_r.sharma_feb.2007.pdf.

    Or contact Radhey Shyam Sharma at Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi, at rssharma@cemde.du.ac.in

    Source: IUCN newsletter


  6. New Website: Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disasters

    The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has produced a new website outlining the links between natural hazards, ecosystems and livelihoods. The website attempts to help societies around the world make better ecosystem management decisions to reduce the risk of disasters and to re-establish sustainable livelihoods in the aftermath of disasters. The site links to publications, program descriptions and news.

    For more information see http://www.iucn.org/themes/disaster/.


  7. Multi-Level Land Mapping Resource Available Online

    GeoStrategis aims to link science & technology policy & practice and sustainability. They are currently working on making the largest multi-disciplinary land resource database in Canada accessible through Google Earth. A first example (see http://www.geostrategis.com/ , bottom left, regional planning) visually demonstrates the importance of landscape ecosystems as the basis for regional planning, management and public participation.

    For more information contact Jean Thie; Executive Director- Directeur exécutif; Canadian Institute of Geomatics, at exdircig@magma.ca.


  8. Wilderness Collaborative Portal

    The Wilderness Collaborative Portal, co-created by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), provides up to date information about international wilderness policy issues, links to wilderness resources and a forum for discussion about cutting edge wilderness and wilderness policy topics. The site’s creators at IUCN and WCPA urge the international wilderness conservation community to visit the site and register.

    To visit the site see www.wildernesstaskforce.org.


  9. Website Launch: Best Development Techniques and Approaches for Agricultural Improvement in the Sahel

    This webpage has been developed in collaboration with the Dryland Consortium Group which is a consortium of Norwegian NGOs working in the Sahel. The website gives an overview of best practices for developing drylands agriculture and suggests a program of agricultural intensification in the Sahel. The site can also be downloaded as a word document.

    For the English version see http://www.drylands-group.org/

    For the French Version see http://www.drylands-group.org/Francais/Th_matique/L_Agriculture/Meilleures_techniques_et_approches/index.html .


  10. Global Environmental Outlook Year Book 2007

    The Global Environmental Year Book (GEO) Year Book 2007 is the fourth annual report on the changing environment, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with many world environmental experts. A special feature analyzes the intersection between environment and globalization in terms of ecosystem services and resource exploitation and explores innovative policy mechanisms to link global goods and services with sustainable development objectives. In addition, the year book includes an overview of nanotechnology from an environmental perspective.

    To download or purchase a copy of the report, see www.unep.org/geo/yearbook/yb2007.


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Call for Papers, Partners, and Proposals
  1. Invitation to Participate in Packard Foundation Wiki Site on Nitrogen Pollution and Agriculture

    An increasingly dangerous threat to our environment and human health, nitrogen pollution is degrading water quality and coastal ecosystems, contributing to climate change and posing a variety of health risks. Despite its rapid growth and harmful consequences, the problem of nitrogen pollution has received relatively little attention. In response to this gap, the Packard Foundation is exploring opportunities for philanthropic investments to make a significant contribution to solutions. Since the most effective strategies for addressing a problem as complex as nitrogen pollution can not be developed by Packard alone, the Foundation has launched a public forum for collaboration. Everyone with an interest in reducing nitrogen pollution is invited to join and work together to create effective solutions. The forum will be live and open to public participation through May 10th.

    For more information see http://nitrogen.packard.org.


  2. Call for Nominations: Leadership in Conservation Awards, Southern and Eastern Africa

    The National Geographic Society’s Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation is currently soliciting nominations for the 2007 award. This award honors the unsung heroes of conservation. It is intended to support the recipient’s ongoing work while recognizing his or her remarkable achievements in conserving nature or culture in southern and eastern Africa. The award includes a $25,000 grant. Deadline is May 31 2007.

    For more information see http://www.iucn.org/places/usa/.


  3. Call for Proposals: Conservation Grants from the National Geographic Society

    The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust funds projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources. It supports cutting edge programs that might be overlooked by other organizations, due to the risk involved in working with new investigators and in new fields.

    Applicants are not expected to have Ph.D.s or other advanced degrees, or be US citizens However, they must provide a record of prior research or conservation action as it pertains to the proposed project. Researchers planning work in foreign countries should include at least one local collaborator as part of their research teams. While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. Complementry funding is encouraged.

    For more information see www.nationalgeographic.com/conservation/grant_application.html.


  4. Call for Papers: Frameworks for Entrepreneurship Research in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development

    The McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the University of Missouri's Division of Applied Social Sciences are hosting a two-day workshop in Kansas City, Missouri, during October 18-19 2007 on the development of a framework for studying entrepreneurship in food, agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. To propose a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract including the names and affiliations of all coauthors by May 1 2007. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be given by June 1, and full papers will be expected by September 15.

    Submissions should be sent by email to Ken Schneeberger at SchneebergerK@missouri.edu.


  5. Call for Grant Proposals: Research and Exploration Grants from the National Geographic Society

    The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. In addition the committee is emphasizing multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human-population pressures). While grant amounts vary greatly, most range from U.S. $15,000 to $20,000. There is no set quantity of grants awarded, but budget constraints keep the number to approximately 250 per year.

    For more information see http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant_application.html.


  6. Call for Proposals: Alcoa Practitioner Fellowship for Conservation and Sustainability Research Projects

    Practitioner Fellowships provide a non-degree opportunity for qualified mid-level professionals from NGOs (and in some cases, government) to conduct approved six- to twelve-month intensive applied research projects in conservation and sustainability. Fellows work from their home organization and are mentored remotely by an expert from a selected Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability Institutes are: The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), World Wildlife Fund - United States (WWF-US). Each Sustainability Institute has a series of topics in Conservation and Sustainability for which they will be mentoring Practitioner Fellows. Topics fall under one of the four themes that make up the research areas for the Fellowship Program: Conservation of Fragile Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Climate Change and Energy, Sustainability, Livelihoods and Economic Growth and Integrating Sustainability into Public Policy and Governance. Fellows receive a grant of $10,000 and reimbursement for travel to an Orientation and a Program Conference. The deadline to apply is May 31 2007.

    For more information and to download the application, see www.alcoafoundationfellows.org/page/pf2007.


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Upcoming Events
  1. USAID/DC Ecoagriculture Working Group Meeting: Moving Conservation and Development AHEAD - Progress at the Intersection of Program and Policy, May 17 2007, 3-5 pm

    During this meeting, which will be jointly sponsored by Ecoagriculture Partners and USAID, Steve Osofsky from USAID will speak generally about AHEAD (Animal Health for the Environment And Development), and Gavin Thomson of the Southern African Development Community will focus on commodity-based trade for Africa in regard to livestock, animal product trade, and increasing small producers' access to markets.

    Please RSVP to tmccracken@usaid.gov.


  2. CATIE and Iowa State University Organize Symposium on “Embracing Complexity in Agricultural Landscapes,” at the Beijing EcoSummit, May 23 2007

    Fabrice DeClerk of the Center for Research and Education in Tropical Agriculture (CATIE) and Heidi Asbjornsen of the Department of Natural Resources at Iowa state University are organizing a side symposium at the Bejing EcoSummit titled, “Embracing complexity in agricultural landscapes: Linking ecosystem services and biodiversity to increase agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation.” While recent studies have focused on identifying the types of landscapes that support the highest levels of biodiversity, increasingly the idea that society should pay for ecosystem services has been gaining momentum. Presenters will explore research efforts to quantify the linkages between biodiversity and key ecosystem services, as well as policy measures to compensate providers of ecosystem services, and public support to levy payments on formerly “public” goods. Peter May of Rede Brasiliera Agroforestal (REBRAF) will close the session by speaking on behalf of Ecoagriculture Partners about developing an ecoagriculture research agenda.

    For more information see http://www.ecosummit2007.elsevier.com/faq.html

    Or contact Fabrice DeClerk at fdeclerck@catie.ac.cr.


  3. Web for Development Networking Conference, Rome, Italy, September 25-27 2007

    The Web2ForDev 2007 Conference, focusing on agriculture, natural resource management, and rural development, explores how international development stakeholders can take advantage of the technical and organizational opportunities provided by Web 2.0 methods, approaches and applications. "Web 2.0" refers to participatory online tools such as blogs, wikis, online discussion forums, online communities of practice, interactive libraries, etc.
    Proposals for case studies, thematic show cases and panel discussions are due April 30.

    For more information see http://www.web2fordev.net/.


  4. East Africa Organics Conference, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 28-June 1 2007

    The East Africa Organics Conference is organized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) along with other players. It will unite key players from the public and private sectors in East Africa and beyond to share information on the latest developments in organic agriculture, launch the Eastern African Organic Standard and Mark, and proceed forward. The conference is open during the Day 1 and 2 to all interested colleagues. Participation in the conference during the last 3 days is subject to invitation by the organizing committee.

    For more information see http://www.ifoam.org/about_ifoam/around_world/africa.html.


  5. The World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain, October 5-14 2008

    The World Conservation Congress, organized IUCN-The World Conservation Union, is the world’s largest and most diverse conservation event. Held every four years, the Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development.

    For more information see http://www.iucn.org/congress/2008/.


  6. Training Course: Using the Principles of the Ecosystem Approach for Protected Area Management, Costa Rica and Bolivia, 2007

    Escuela Latinoamerica de Areas Protegidas (ELAP) is organizing two training courses in 2007 on using the Ecosystem Approach for Protected Area Management. At the end of the course, participants will have knowledge, instruments and practical examples that will allow them to make decisions within the framework of the Ecosystem Approach, applying practical and theoretical conservation knowledge.

    For more information see Escuela Latinoamerica de Areas Protegidas at http://www.elap.uci.ac.cr/pages/cursoprincipiosCR-1.asp.

    Or contact Stanley Arguedas Mora, technical Coordinator of ELAP at stanley@uci.ac.cr.


  7. Training Course: Strategic Conservation Planning Using the Green Infrastructure Approach, Shepherdstown, WV, USA, October 15-19 2007

    This introductory course offered by The Conservation Fund, the US Fish and Wildlife Service / National Conservation Training Center and the USDA Forest Service provides participants with a strategic approach for balancing conservation and development. Through hands-on class projects, lectures, case studies, and a local field trip, participants will experience firsthand how the green infrastructure approach can be used to connect environmental, social, and economic health across urban, suburban, and rural settings.

    For more information and to register go to the NCRC/DOI Learn Registration site at http://training.fws.gov/applic.html and “search the catalog as a guest.” Enter search word: “ECS3146” then follow prompts.

    Or contact Frank Muth,USFWS/National Conservation Training Center,
    frank_muth@fws.gov


  8. Symposium: Methodologies for Integrated Analysis of Farm Production Systems, Sicily, Italy, September 10-12 2007

    This symposium is being jointly organized by the European Society for Agronomy (ESA), the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society (IEMSS), the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA).It has a methodological focus, and will cover a broad range of contexts, from the developed to the developing world.

    The goals of the symposium are to integrate knowledge across disciplines targeted at farming system analysis, design and innovation, compare approaches being used/developed in different research groups and to identify the available operational tools and the future research needs.

    For more information and to register see http://www.iemss.org/farmsys07/.


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